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Vandwelling in Canada

Hello there,
Atmosphere in Canada for vandwelling is pretty good in most places. This would be the wrong time for someone from Arizona to come up though since it is September! For me it is hot, for y’all eh, jackets!

There are a lot of signs saying no overnight camping or sleeping, though if you go speak with a manager, it is normally alright. I have just said, passing through need to stay overnight to sleep and I never litter.

Due to the size of each province there is so much to see, do and travel you could easily spend each season travelling around and never go to the same spot twice. The downside is the lower parts of each province only offer paid camping, most Crown Lands you are not allowed to camp in for overnights or at best only a few days.

There are very few true vandwellers here, though there are some, most in the BC area as it is much warmer than the rest of Canada.
There are full timers and snow birds who go south or to BC for the winter then head back to the home range in spring.

In spring, fall and winter, you stay out of the wind! In summer stay in the wind and hope you do not get eaten by bugs.

There is so little crime up here or aggression with guns and such that even traipsing through the woods, most never carry a firearm. In Bear and Cougar country a small radio or music player warns them the Two Leggers are coming and to stay away, yes it does work and is the best repellent ever. That being said I always have large hunting knives on me when I hike and have other weapons located near each door and sleeping area.

Most people have forgotten the rules of living in the bush;
keep your food area and food prep area, 25 feet away minimum distance
do not camp right by a water source, move your tent away the residents want to drink and cool too
cooking fires are always 25 feet minimum away from your sleeping area, not near your vehicle
no food in vehicles
hanging food cashes are great, again not near your sleeping area
never had food issues even in my vehicle that was in cans or such like that.
some special food containers will keep the food smells in and bears out, but then again hanging it up 25 feet away is good insurance
animals are territorial, in the old days they used to pee in containers and then circle their living quarters sprinkling as they went, thus the animals knew to stay out of that area (yes it works)

Most places can be accessed with vehicles that are 2 wheel drive, though with higher suspensions. Just can’t beat the 4×4 with the tent top campers and Alaska campers, so compact and the 4×4 is a go so many places option.
In Canada the best way to hide is in plain site here, if it looks like an RV or some sort, people leave you alone. It is harder to live in a car here though as we need so many layers of clothing and insulation that most of the room of a car would be taken up with sleeping bags and warm weather gear. Even in Summer time, I have had to dig out the jackets and gloves, along with the sleeping bag that is rated to 0 degrees to be comfortable.

There are some great Rv’s some great camper vans and everything else on the road up here as well. My conversion is done on the $$ figure conversion. Bad health and lack of work means found objects and creative living space inside. I have too much stuff, and hopefully this month will see a big chunk of it goes, somewhere somehow I am feeling very toxic due to stuff and storage issues. Some other conversions I haves starting at just $100 are quite nice up to the Tens of Thousands of dollars, these conversion just make you go, wow!

For the curb shopping types Canada offers a variety of dates to find good items, and if you drive around close to the garbage days, there are always deals to be had from people getting rid of things for so many reasons.

For the $$ crowd, we have a multitude of places to buy equipment although it is most times more expensive than our cousins south of us, so keep that in mind as well.

For insulation reasons I say spend more on the floor and make sure there is no metal or the fiberglass showing unless covered over or it will rain inside from the condensation! Wood heat is dry so there are less issues with heating your place with wood, be it a tent, yurt, vandwelling, conversion or RV.

modified small propane heater in old Kerosene heater shell with plastic items close to show they do not melt.

modified small propane heater in old Kerosene heater shell with plastic items close to show they do not melt.

Heating is of course a popular thing to do here, along with Alaska and the Northern USA States. People here heat what they live in using conventional wood fireplaces (seen them in long term tents as well) to portable wood boxes and camping stoves. The advent and development of Rocket Mass Heaters and Pocket Rockets are becoming more popular and gaining a larger following as well. I am turning one of my camping portable wood stoves into a Pocket Rocket with a mass to heat and hopefully stay warm all through the night. Of course I will be having a propane backup heater just in case.

Propane heaters for me right now, are the small older Sport Cat style and a Big Buddy heater with the propane condensation issues that plague them.

Most places have a live and let live attitude, although there are hot heads and people with hidden agendas just like anywhere.

Hope this helps,
cheers from wild_E

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Blue sky even though Dark Storms are here

or alternate text and Title
Look for the Good in People even if they only show the Dark Stormy Negative side!

multi layered clouds, dark storm on the low side and high up, a patch of lovely blue sky

Look for the blue sky even when threatened by Dark Storm Clouds!

Politically correct bullshit is out past this sentence, enter at your own will. 

Recently a new buddy to myself and another vented that he spent all his time and energy helping others, but not himself. Sounds familiar to me, way too familiar.

Perhaps even after everything in my life and being let down by so many, I still look for the good in People. Why, I am not sure though it probably has to do with the morals that I was raised with. The Grandson of Preachers and Church Elders, who was always told to look for the good in everyone.

Well another event spent, helping a Woman who only had negative things to say about me and my poor attitude, really! After dropping plans I had, went to meet for a coffee and tried to help someone with some Van dwelling issues, the only thing spouted later on the Van dwelling forum was meaningless drivel about my supposed bad attitude and way of thinking.

Really, thanks, even after I made it clear that I try to help, there is no set way, there are multiple ways and that they should pick and choose what they needed from my info and from others. Sure I am doing this now for 3 Yrs, and a few before that as well, but there are always multiple ways of doing things and I made that clear. Do what works for you.

Another recent episode has me cast as the villain in someones delusional mind that I am the reason for her mental breakdown and keeping her sick. Seriously now, after getting a better offer to go to someones local small farm in the event of an SHFT event, I am was outcasted and vilified to those people, people who I got along not badly with. Sadly these people just agreed with her and never asked me any questions at all or inquired as to what my side was.

What is it with Women now that they think they can spew whatever garbage they want to about men? I have found the older women are the worst now and the younger ones, in the 20s are much more polite to men, odd reversal isn’t it.

Is it because the Single White Male is the Villian and to be vilified? Perhaps it is now politically correct to slander men in this day and age, as the poor women so misbegotten in the past. Yea, that was then this is now and even then most women had it pretty good, only in small instances did they have it bad. Deal with it..

P.S. Don’t like what I write on my private blog, leave and do not come back! Don’t like my point of view on my private blog, too bad!

Caution,, thunderhead in the clouds and of the clouds ahead !

large thunder head cloud, I see Satan face riding the maelstrom of anger and discontent in the clouds

I see Satan’s face riding the maelstrom of anger and discontent in the clouds

So, I will soon forget this fiasco and farce of a helping event and do it all again. Can you say Yea, Yay to brain injury and foggy memory!

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