Ice Lake Rebels

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Hazardous living, rough language on sub-Arctic reality.

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Positive Messages

There are challenges and tradeoffs to leaving civilization and living on a lake with minimal government restrictions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ice Lake dwellers choose a lifestyle free of government rules, taxes, and other restrictions. 


Boats capsize and people risk their lives trying to keep their homes afloat. Occasionally people fall in the water or through the ice. Rifles are used for hunting, and axes are used to cut wood. The weather is brutal, and the conditions are primitive. 


Contains some mild sexual innuendo, some of which will go over the heads of younger viewers. References are made to the cold improving people's sperm counts. 


Words such as "piss" are audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References are made to getting drunk and toying with maritime equipment. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Lake Rebels focuses on the dangerous living conditions of people who subsist on houseboats in sub-Arctic Canada, which require the use of rifles, axes, and other weapons to hunt and survive. It also leads to frightening accidents, such as falling through ice. There's some strong vocabulary ("piss" is audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped), sexual innuendo that will go over the heads of younger kids, and references to getting drunk.

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Adult Written bydana7 December 28, 2014
this show is fake. And if you go to old town in Yellowknife you can see all the house boats from the doc they don't live off grid.

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What's the story?

ICE LAKE REBELS is a reality series about survivalists who have chosen to live off the grid in sub-Arctic Canada on one of the deepest lakes in the world. Stephan Hervieux and his girlfriend, Allyce Rattray; experienced boater "Pike Mike" Harrison; bushman Randal Sibbeston; and newcomers Iman Kassam and Jessica Florio live on houseboats moored in the lake to be free of provincial regulations, paying taxes, and modern conveniences. They spend five months dealing with the thawing lake and treacherous waters while maintaining their boats' levels so they don't sink when they freeze into ice for seven months. Once winter comes, they must contend with dangerous traveling conditions while staying warm, fed, and safe. Throughout it all they must be completely self-sufficient and able to deal with whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Is it any good?

The series showcases a group of people who have made the conscious decision to live free from government regulation -- and modern convenience -- by living in houseboats that can't be tethered to dry land. Although this lifestyle offers the autonomy many people crave, these people are clear that this nonconformist lifestyle is primitive and extremely dangerous -- so dangerous that few are successful at it. 

It's interesting, particularly when the cast demonstrates how ignoring seemingly minor details can result in disastrous consequences. The designs of the houseboats, wherein space is a premium and conveniences are few, also is fascinating. Mostly, this show underscores the trade-offs people are willing to make to live a life they believe is truly free. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about people who choose to live in remote and dangerous locations. What are the benefits of living this way? The drawbacks? Could you and your family do this and be happy?

  • How does the media characterize people who choose to live outside of mainstream society? Do you think shows such as this one offer realistic portrayals of what their day-to-day lives are like? Or do they perpetuate stereotypes about people who live on the fringe?

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