written by Anna Wright
The Great Canadian Cabin is the heart of the Great Canadian Grid. It was started by Roddie Macchi in Second Life on September 23rd, 2009 as Roddie’s Cabin. It evolved and grew on SL as a hangout for Canadians. As more and more people gathered at the cabin, Roddie expanded the space and activities into an entire parcel.
This SL community for Canadians inspired the idea for the Great Canadian Grid. When Roddie started The Great Canadian Grid, the cabin was set up here as well, mirroring the SL community as the grid community began to grow. It is still a beloved region here where anyone can go to relax. Our community is more international now and that has just added diversity and amazing energy to the source. It emulates the country of Canada, as we are a country where many nations have come together, welcoming and celebrating all cultures and traditions. You don’t need to be a Canadian to make a home in the Great Canadian Grid.
When I joined The Great Canadian Grid the landing point for coming in as a shiny new avatar was the Great Canadian Cabin. As a Canadian, the region made me feel immediately at home. I walked around a bit and saw a Canada post box and had to laugh and then walked a bit further and saw the Tim Hortons, a perfectly replicated Timmies I might add too. It’s like a little lake side town in Ontario. There are details like the old train, the fire pit, and horses you can actually ride that make this region very multifaceted. And of course there is an outdoor concert stage and a pub with plenty of room to party.
As a kid our family was connected to a cabin far less fancy than what Roddie has going on. My family of origin was complicated and frequently conflicted in ways that caused lasting disrepair. It was no one person’s fault, but it made holidays something to “get through” as opposed to enjoy, except at the cabin. For some reason those trees and rocks and that seemingly endless water and the big beautiful sky around it made everyone kinder to each other for a little while at least. It’s made me always see cabin’s as safe places to be who you are, safe places for the heart to be whole. It’s a place apart from all of the stress in life and relationships than can break you.
You wouldn’t think you could recreate this in virtual worlds, but you can, and we have it here in GCG to connect to anytime we want. I actually go to the cabin fairly often. I don’t always tell people so I’m there on my own frequently. Of course, now that I’m promoting it I might not be, and that’s OK too because GCG is my chosen family. You don’t get to choose the one you’re born into, but we do get to choose this one, and it’s pretty awesome. Thanks, Roddie, for sharing your home with all of us.