Off the beaten path

Hors des sentiers battus

Turning last summer his show on the lifestyle alternative, Julien Roussin-Côté knew that he held a good lead. He did not believe so well to say. The good life with Go-Van finds a particular echo as the pandemic reveals the flaws of our system.

In this documentary series, which aired on U.s. TV until may 21, and available online, Julien Roussin-Côté criss-crosses eastern Canada to meet people who have almost all left for a lifestyle more minimalist. Far from the modern comforts, they remain in housing alternatives such as a boat, a mini-house or a van, some up to live almost in autarky.

“The crisis forces us to reflect on our current way of life. Is it that the metro-boulot-dodo makes us happy ? The show actually shows that other lifestyles are possible for those who want to slow down the pace and not depend on others to do the same, ” explains the animator.

For example, the first episode shows the daily life of a family of Chaudière-Appalaches who lives in a géonef, a house built from recycled materials and part under earth. Its occupants derive their energy from solar panels, recover the rain water and produce some of their own food with a greenhouse, what inspire the many at the same time where there is much talk of food self-sufficiency in the news.

“I wanted the public meeting of people who have succeeded in finding a certain balance between the environment, their family and their values. It seems to me essential to challenge people on some issues without being preachy to feed their reflection. ”


Having left everything behind to live in a van changed six years ago, Julien Roussin-Côté sees that his life-style a minimalist has made it more resilient in the face of the current crisis.

“I do not consider myself a survivalist, far from it, but I’ve always thought a simpler way of life gave me a head start. Currently, I have no mortgage or electricity bill to pay. It is easier to cope with stress. Of course, these days, we move less ! “

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