Wilderness Living in British Columbia

At one time or another all of us have thought of starting over in some wild green corner of the world. The Kawatski family has done it. Here is their remarkable story of wilderness living and self sufficiency.



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Aerial view of the homestead where the Kawatskis practice their brand of wilderness living.
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Jay prepares a rabbit hide for tanning. Son Ben never lacks distractions in the workshop
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Jay and Deanna Kawatski. Jay, the "wild hermit," originally hailed from Wisconsin. 
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A wider view. The Kawatski homestead is located near Bob Quinn Lake in British Columbia.
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Jay and Deanna would shoot only one moose per year, and used every part of it. This is their moose leg couch.
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The Kawatski's root cellar  overflows with carrots, potatoes, and turnips.
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Deanna cooks for the family on a cast-iron stove.
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Jay carries grain bundles tied to the handle of his shovel.
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Natalia looking out her bedroom window.
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