Michael Poole shaves outside his motorhome, which he lends out to friends and transients whenever he's away traveling. "I'm a homeless person," he says. "I don't really claim this as my home. I'm just another traveler who just happened to get lucky with a purchase of this particular place."
 A traveler lays out a book called Les sept plumes de l'aigle by Henri Gougaud to dry under the sun after a damp night on Poole's Land.
 Ben, 43, after waking up from a night under the open sky. He came to Poole's Land 15 years ago and has been returning annually ever since, mainly to visit Michael Poole. "He's just like a little piece of magic," he says. "He's different than everyone else that's got it beat into their head of how you're supposed to be. He's a really free soul."
 One of the more permanent structures on Poole's Land sits tucked away near the back of the property and serves as a home to a rotating cycle of transients.
 A man who goes by the name Snowflake, passes through Poole's Land. The tattoo artist said that he was kidnapped and first brought to Poole Land's when he was only 12-years-old by his schizophrenic aunt.
 "The Magic Bus," as its been dubbed, serves as a home to those passing through.
 Hamza Znibaa, 21, poses inside his cabin, which also serves as the greeting centre for Poole's Land.
 Haley Vanwatteghem, 18, hitchhiked her way across the country from Ottawa, winding up at Poole's Land under the advice of a friend. "I've always said no plan is the best plan," she says. "I'm not freaking out about deadlines. I'm not scared about what's going to happen, or if things are going to go the way I plan. That's just been a huge fear I think so many of are burdened with and I just don't want to live like that. I don't mean screw responsibilities, I just mean take what life is trying to give you."
 Don Glover, 56, has been living in Tofino for five years, but recently relocated his van, which he's been living out of for 10 years, to Poole's Land. Before moving to the property he said he was hooked on documentaries and would watch at least five or six a week. But "since living [on Poole's Land], I haven't rented one video from the library because the drama is all here," he says with a laugh. "There is drama everywhere. You can delve into it further, you can step back, but it’s there."
 Nicky Lanteigne, 21, stands on the front porch of the cabin he's currently living in on Poole's Land. Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, he travelled to the west coast to determine where he wants to create a life. "People these days don’t know how to have fun," he says. "Their fun is tv and their fun is technology. That’s what they’ve been born into – a world of electronics."
 Originally from Massachusetts, Chris Holmes, 25, travelled to Tofino "for the biodiversity of these lands." He hadn't heard about Poole's Land until he arrived, but quickly felt at home on the property. He says that Poole's Land is a difficult place to describe because it changes on a weekly basis. "You could come and meet a bunch of weirdos and not like it and leave, or you could come and meet a bunch of really good friends and stay – it depends on the time of year," he says.
 Quebecois Jessie Tremblay Lemieux, 25, travelled to Poole's Land from Salt Spring Island on the recommendation from a friend. "It's my kind of place," she says of the land. "In society, we live a lot like individuals. We don't share." But in Poole's Land, everyone shares with each other, and "I think that we share happiness when we're doing that," she says.
 Marc Major, 49, has been living on Poole's Land for two and half years. Originally from Timmons, Ontario, he hitchhiked across the country from Saint Jean, New Brunswick. The self described "time traveler," shakes off skeptics who aren't convinced and says, "I don't need them to believe. I don't care if they believe. It's what I believe."
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