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Off the Grid (2006)

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Modern society is dependent upon a massive infrastructure of utility companies. We all have grown so used to having our electricity and clean water supplied by this system. If this system were to ever fail, a vast majority of the populace will find themselves woefully and inadequately prepared to face a world free of the daily luxuries we now take for granted. Many believe it is too difficult or too expensive to free themselves from the imposed energy tyranny.

In an attempt to dispel this perception, Les Stroud has taken his family off the grid to live in a rural acreage in Canada. He demonstrates that we do not need to sacrifice quality of life or invest large sums of money in order to live in an energy-conscious and self-sustaining way. This is not to say it is easy, as the ensuing drama details. Yet, it is possible if one is determined enough to survive.

Les Stroud, Sue Jamison, Logan Stroud, Raylan Stroud
Les Stroud

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jbrand1997, posted on April 25, 2016

I guess making the movie helped fund this venture and that's ok - good for them. Living in the wilderness is not for everyone and that's OK, too. So I guess the point of the movie is to live "off the grid" meaning have a well and use solar panels and wind turbines. Reasonable. I'd like to see how to do this, at least solar and wind, in a more urban setting.

rdhcarol, posted on April 7, 2016

very informative, inspirational and educational

starseed123, posted on January 20, 2016

So sad that I cannot view this Canadian film despite the fact that I am in Canada..,

jx.wharton, posted on April 26, 2016

I just saw Les Stroud and got stoked and now i'm opposite stoked. :(

Audacity62, posted on September 2, 2015

Pardon me for saying so, but what nonsense. I live in Canada, so I can't watch this on Gaiam, nor would I want to again. I saw it a couple of years ago on youtube, and how this guy can go ahead and use every kind of machine and heavy equipment available on Mother Earth, including helicopters, for God's sake!; and then call himself an "off the grid" person is just ridiculous in my view.
I live on Vancouver Island, and know many people who are genuinely living off the grid and minimal lifestyles, people building cob houses and rocket mass heaters, using minimal electricity with the help of wind generators and solar panels.
For instance, check out this cool slide show from the Mud Girls Collective here: and/or Michael Reynold's movie, "Garbage Warrior" here:
Les Stroud and his bottomless expense account could learn something from these guys

2quick8, posted on September 2, 2015

I am wondering what size wind generator I would need to power a 3 bedroom home of 1800 sq. ft.? My uncle bought a huge windmill and generator that powers his home with blades six fee long and my mother told me it cost him something like $30,000. Not many can afford that! Thanks for the info you supplied as I am serious about doing something and soon to get at least partially off the damn grid. Peace!

rbschneider, posted on September 1, 2015

Haven't read the other comments here. Don't care to; Les is the godfather of "off the grid". For him to use chain saws, contractors, trucks, and generators is just a slap in the face to the title of this film. This is what I feel Gaiam TV has too much of - sensationalism, without substance. "Survivorman" is the ultimate off the grid; this is an MTV version of "off the grid".

abby6, posted on July 28, 2015

Very socially responsible DIY. I would like to see a series on off the grid one step at a time. The anti-yuppy version of "This old house." I would also like to see progress reports on the family/children adapting. I envy you the night view of stars from your property.

earthtend, posted on June 25, 2015

GAIAM TV - Thanks so much for this presentation.
Will you please get more videos in on this topic?
Totally fascinating... I am sure many people will appreciate much more information on this!

MichalL@Gaia, posted on June 25, 2015

Thank you @bretthaugen, we are looking for more documentaries or even instructional videos about getting off the grid. Let us know if you hear of any and we will screen them!
Thanks, Michall@GTV

TroughtonMedia, posted on March 5, 2015

Good show from a survivalist that seems ahead of the curve

conniefox2000, posted on March 30, 2014

Loved this documentary. I wish I could do what they did! I'd love to see more documentaries about how to set up living off the grid!

to_tgt, posted on March 23, 2014

Why do I have to pay for this film here but it's free on YouTube???

2quick8, posted on September 2, 2015

You are not paying for this film. You are paying for the chance and ability to watch everything shared here, most of which is NOT available elsewhere.

to_tgt, posted on March 23, 2014

Why are you charging Canadians memberships if you can't provide the films you advertise that are supposedly available??? Bum deal.

to_tgt, posted on March 23, 2014

How ironic that this movie is made and set in Canada, yet Canadians on Gaiam can't watch it. If you are charging for memberships, then make all films available to all people, not select groups. I am extremely disappointed in not being able to watch this important film :(

Gaiam_TV, posted on March 24, 2014

We completely understand your frustration. When we license rights to a film we try our hardest to negotiate worldwide availability; sometimes we’re successful, other times we’re not. Canadian made films often get support from Canadian funds which in return hold the exclusive rights for showing the film in Canada. We constantly strive to make our viewing experience a satisfying one to our customers worldwide, and make every effort to do so in each film we license. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you, and hope you will continue to enjoy all of our worldwide-available content – including all of our original programming.
The Gaiam TV Team

Shelley-brown, posted on April 28, 2015

Thanks for explaining that! It is a bummer

redsamovar, posted on December 18, 2013

Thank you. Watching this has been an inspiration and a big reminder of how much I miss being one with nature. I cannot wait to someday soon be able to accomplish something similar to what you have created. Fanastic job. Great documentary.

dragonwchimes, posted on October 26, 2013

so disheartening the number of videos not available here and there! Isn't there a way to upload on Gaiam using codecs that allow your members from different countries to watch the videos here? Or, upload a second version of the movie that has the appropriate codec to view like say in Canada or codecs that allow you to view in North America?

jaajpierce, posted on October 17, 2013

a helicopter to haul in building supplies??? really??? Surely within the financial means of many....

Maidenhair, posted on October 2, 2013

Excellent way to go is living in a remote area with all of nature and the beauty of extreme knowledge of walking the wilderness 365 days a year ...

Witchfreedom, posted on June 26, 2013

While this movie was helpful to some extent however the overwhelming amount of people who want to live off grid can not plop down enough money for 150 acres and pay for all the workers and all the extras - this is not really whats its about - lets see a film for real people on getting off grid one acre of land and a tiny house or yurt even, off grid for the regular guy that makes 30k

sun4320, posted on January 10, 2015

Exactly Is living off the grid reserved for wealthy people? They utilize modern technology and tools to live in the wilderness...

Janice Byrne, posted on May 6, 2013

Fascinating and a lot more complicated than I ever imagined. But with enough expert advice and help this family was able to accomplish their goal of living off the grid.

Kmjvisser, posted on May 4, 2013

This video will be available in Europe as well soon!

urdivine2, posted on April 10, 2013

This movie really helped me in determining the sequence of installation I would prefer and if it would be possible given the limited dollars. I loved seeing all the details on the children's view and progression of building and installation of solar panels, well etc. How exciting for all to be able to flip a switch after using candlelight for a longer time than the family was used to or for that matter what i am used to and to have no "hydro" bill as the lovely canadian's use in their vernal. Splendid job Stroud/Jamison and thumbs up for all's perseveranc! I sure would like to see sequels... PLEASE!

Christel P, posted on April 6, 2013

What a great alternative to live. I wish them good luck and yes a follow up series would be great.
Thank you!

Dana Martine, posted on February 4, 2013

We are now beginning to transform our home into solar... small steps equal one giant leap to getting back to where we belong.

MichalL@Gaia, posted on February 4, 2013

Good Luck!

supermoo, posted on November 9, 2012

really gives you a sense on what you would need to do should you want to remove yourself from the grid while still having some of the more common services you have grown up with. If you are looking at have a place in somewhat of a remote area, this gives you a small glimpse into what you might expect.

It would be great to have a full series on both the initial process as well as the ongoing hurdles/enjoyments of this lifestyle.

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