Hoping to retire off-grid

I’ll be retiring in about 2.5 years and hope to buy a piece of land on Cape Breton Island with the proceeds from selling my current house. No time like the present to educate myself further and start planning the budget and refining my property requirements. I am a mostly self-taught DIY builder, having renovated my current place myself, including plumbing & electric. Of course off-grid building will be much different. I hope to buy land with decent solar exposure, as well as running water in order to generate power. Winter will be a challenge to figure out in terms of power generation, but I’m sure others have found solutions. I definitely don’t want to rely on a generator. The first thing I did to my current house was to rip out the oil-based central heating & water heater in favour of heat pumps & electric hot water. I will want whatever comes next to have minimum impact on the environment.

I hope to grow at least some of my own food, expanding on what I’ve learned from my current backyard garden of about 100 sq. ft.

I have had occasion to spend up a a month in a 200 sq. ft. cabin with running water and an outhouse, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Not afraid of hard work and don’t need a lot of stuff to keep me happy! 

As I’ll be 65 when this adventure begins, I suppose I’ll have to consider how my needs will change with age, so advice on that front would be great!

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