Tiny Home Tuesday: Try it Tiny!
Since sharing our tiny home story, one of the most common messages I receive incudes something to the affect of “I’m so interested in living tiny, but I just don’t know if I could do it!” The only advice I can really come up with is, give it a try! The reason: the experience just may surprise you!
Now, I know that living tiny isn’t for everyone, so I’m not trying to convert everyone into a tiny home dweller, BUT do I think everyone should experience it if they get a chance? Sure, why not!?
Even after making the decision to downsize and move into our 27 ft. RV, my biggest worry was if I would eventually have a moment of ‘realization’ and think, “what the hell have we done!?” After a couple month of living in a 200 square foot space with my family of four, I honestly can’t say that I’ve have even one regret about the move! Sure, sometimes it gets a little crampy, sometimes I wish I had more room in the shower, more counter space, or storage area – but the payoffs have well outweighed these inconveniences.
So, if you’re one of the many people that are interested in downsizing, but you’re totally freaked out to jump in and make the move, I get it and I’m here to help you out! After all, it’s a big decision to live tiny!
There are many places in Canada that you can actually rent a tiny house or small living space to test the waters. I’ve made a list of a few bucket-list worthy gems, because if you’re going to try it out, why not make it totally unique and full of adventure!?
Here are a couple tips to get you started:
- Check out Airbnb, an online search engine style marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations. You can search locally or across the world, and narrow down your search to type of home including cabins, treehouses, Airstreams, and unique cottages – Cool, right!?
- Another is GlampingHub.com, the perfect space to find not only a tiny home to trial run, but an adventurous experience, and plenty of inspiration!
A Cob Cottage on Vancouver Island, BC
Appearing in numerous books on natural building, this cottage is a welcoming and cozy retreat hand sculpted of local, sustainable natural materials located on a lovely acreage with sheep, gardens and orchards. What a dreamy homestead!
The Mongolian Yurt in Whitehorse, Yukon
Yurts have been becoming increasingly popular, even in the tiny home community! If people in the Yukon can do it, there isn’t anywhere you couldn’t make one of these cozy dwellings home!
A House Bus in North Hatley, Quebec
If you’re looking to live small and travel, perhaps a tiny home on wheels like this retro bus is a home to consider – and this is a perfect way to take it for a test drive!
An Oceanside Micro Cabin in Robertson Creek, BC
This micro cabin is nestled on a heritage homestead surrounded by lush garden and towering cedars. The ocean and the hobbit village of Roberts Creek are two minutes away. Enjoy a solo retreat or a relaxing getaway for two while trying out tiny house living!
Bàra Tide Tiny House in Sackville, NB
This little abode has such a unique design, it’s definitely offers a little inspiration to get creative!
Canvas Tents at Kumsheen Rafting Resort, BC
Spend the night under the stars in these beautifully crafted tents and experience simplicity at it’s best!
Tiny Eco-house in Rimouski, QC
Tiny homes have become very popular, one major reason being their minimal physical and carbon footprint. These 10×20 tiny homes on wheels boast off-grid features including solar power system and composting toilet!
Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum Beach, BC
Spending the night in an enchanted coastal rainforest, in a ball, sign me up! What an exciting way to experience some of the tiniest of living and biggest of adventures!
The Barrel Cabins in Greenwood, BC
Airbnb has some pretty unique rentals, but a barrel? It’s true! These Barrel Cabins just outside of Greenwood, BC are located on an organic farm and are just large enough to fit one bed. Though they may not be practical for a longer term home, I’d say it’s a great way to get over any fears of small spaces you may have!
So, as you can see, there are plenty of ways to scratch your tiny living itch with some very unique rental options across Canada, and there are plenty more options at all different (tiny) sizes, locations and price points from coast to coast. Even if tiny living doesn’t turn out to be your thing, you can at least say you spent the night in a barrel, and honestly, who isn’t going to love that vacation story?