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

#41 : Ugo and Isabelle – Bromont, Quebec

This week I spoke with Ugo and Isabelle who are in Bromont, Quebec. Ugo is a pilot and Isabelle is a business coach. From living on a sailboat, cockroaches on their heads, to having clear communication skills, this couple is ready for their next adventure on their new flat-nose skoolie. Listen to the episode:   […]

#40: Joe – Saskatoon, SK

This week I spoke with Joe, who lives in Saskatoon. Joe is a retired residential and commercial painter who is in the process of creating his own skoolie. From painting the hood of his skoolie plaid to figuring out how to put a smart car in the back of his skoolie, Joe is a driven […]

#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 […]

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