|The mythical Eastern Canadian bunkie provides simple, basic shelter and relief from excess.|
Before visiting eastern Canada I had never heard of a bunkie. After finding out what they are, I have wanted one of my own.
A bunk, bunkie, or bunkhouse is a sensibly small economical shelter that provides sleeping space that may or may not be in shared quarters. They are usually used to provide extra space for guests, but also provide space away from a main home or cottage. They are often used as space for artistic pursuits, and many are off-grid due to being in remote locations.
From the cottage country of Ontario all the way to the Maritimes the bunkie is the thing. They are on to something, but you can keep the cottage. All I need is the little bunkie.
I am not the only one attracted to the antonym of McMansion. Other tiny shelter enthusiasts have described these diminutive dwellings as, "quiet retreats", or "the perfect sanctuaries along life's journey", and "small detached hideaways".
|Bunkies are usually in beautiful locations close to nature.|
Bunkies are remembered fondly by those that have stayed in them. An extended stay in a bunkie can even change lives.
Poet Ellery Channing knew the creative potential of time spent in a small shelter set in beautiful natural surroundings. In a letter to Henry David Thoreau he advised that Thoreau build a bunkie in the woods, "and there begin the grand process of devouring yourself alive. I see no other alternative, no other hope for you."
Henry David took up the bunkie challenge and not only saved himself, but experienced there a burst of creative inspiration that still profoundly influences us today.
|The bunkie that inspired Thoreau to write "Walden".|
That would be enough.