Our family converted a 2002 GMC Bluebird school bus into a ‘skoolie’, a custom-made RV which we designed as a rolling summer home. Now we are learning more about the skoolie community in Canada and producing a podcast about other Canadian skoolie owners.

Hi there!

A Canadian Skoolie family
Dan (chief engineer of bus converting), Sophie (dance-party facilitator), Libby (blogmaster),& our Bluebird buried in snow.
We are two Canadian teachers & a four year old living in northern Saskatchewan. We converted a 2002 GMC Bluebird school bus into a ‘skoolie’, a custom-made RV which we designed as a rolling summer home.

We started this website to document our planning and building process, both as a record for ourselves and to help others who are working on similar projects. We’ve documented some of that process, and some of our recent travels on Instagram @acanadianskoolie.

The Podcast

In September 2020, Dan launched a podcast to learn about other Canadians who have made skoolies a part of their lives, and share their stories with others. He’s published one a week since then. Here’s the latest episode:

And here’s an interactive map of all the skoolie owners featured on the A Canadian Skoolie Podcast episodes so far (click on the location markers to get a link to each podcast).

Our bus

We designed our bus as a custom RV for travelling eastward to see our families in Ontario and Nova Scotia on our summer breaks each year. We wanted a space that we would be comfortable living in off and on for the whole summer, and a vehicle that could handle the endless highways of a cross-Canada road trip. We designed the layout together, with lots of guidance from the worldwide skoolie community, Youtubers, and this book. Dan did all of the conversion work himself, with assistance from Libby and cheerleading from Sophie.

How it started
What it looks like now.

A Glimpse Inside

Blog Posts

#38: Ben and Marie – Little Gus the Bus – Fernie, BC

This week I spoke with Ben and Marie who have been living in their skoolie for 3 years. Ben is from Ontario and Marie is from Paris, France. This inspiring couple love to work hard for periods of time and then travel intensively either nationally or internationally. From broken brake lines to bus adventures across […]

The podcast is live!

Tonight we published our first episode of the A Canadian Skoolie podcast. You can listen in here. There are so many Canadians out there who have built or are building incredible custom homes as skoolies. With this podcast, we are hoping to share their unique stories, learn from their experiences, and connect with the broader […]

Skylight Design

Who doesn’t want to see star-gaze from bed? To bring in more natural light, and more of the outdoors, we decided to add skylights to the bus. This involved cutting some pretty big holes in the roof (yikes!). Dan got creative with sourcing the material for this DIY and the results are pretty beautiful. Here’s […]

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