WINNIPEG — It’s not uncommon for the most remote town in Manitoba to have more than a dozen homes that are rented out by local businesses.
But for many, this is just another way to get their family out of the city, or make ends meet, or simply enjoy the outdoors.
For most of the past few decades, there’s been a cottage industry in the northern Manitoba town of Cape Cod that allows people to live on a small island that’s only accessible by boat or jetty.
That’s been the case for more than 20 years, and it’s been growing rapidly.
In the last two decades, Cape Cod has become a major tourist destination, with more than 5 million visitors from around the world every year.
But for many of those visitors, the island is also a haven of sorts, a haven for the animals that live there.
For many of these animals, the idea of living on a tropical island with exotic creatures living among them is quite a departure from reality, especially when you consider how wild those creatures can be.
“The idea of going out on the island with these animals and living amongst them is something that’s very strange, it’s quite alien,” said one Cape Cod resident who asked to remain anonymous.
And this is where the island’s name comes from.
For years, residents of Cape Adderley Island have been enjoying the outdoors with exotic animals like sea turtles, dolphins and crocodiles, as well as the occasional bear, rabbit and even a kangaroo.
But these exotic creatures aren’t just the exception.
For some, it could even be the norm.
Some residents of the island have lived on the mainland for more, with some even moving to Cape Cod for their entire lives, while others have stayed in the island for decades, taking on the role of animal watchers and even taking on other jobs as well.
In 2016, Gene Wilders first moved to Cape Adhering in the province of Manitoba.
It was an unexpected decision, given that he was still living in Cape Cod at the time.
But as soon as he moved in, he said he immediately began noticing things that surprised him.
For starters, there were a lot of fish.
“They would come out, they would swim out, I had seen them, and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s quite a sight,'” said Wilders.
“I had no idea what they were doing there.
I just assumed it was some sort of sport, and maybe it was.
I had no experience with them, but I guess I had to learn to appreciate them.
But then they were gone.”
Wilders’ interest in the animals was sparked when he noticed that some of the animals were wearing the same clothes as people on the beach, which would make them a lot more interesting to him.
He even started buying them food and drinking their water, which led to some very bizarre encounters with the creatures.
He started going out with the animals, but the more he saw, the more strange they seemed.
He even went to a beach with the animal that he found, and he didn�t even know what it was until he returned a few hours later.
“It was the first time I ever saw something like that.
I was shocked,” said Wilder.”
The first time that I actually saw them, they were swimming around.
I don�t know what they’re doing out there, but they were in the water, so I think that they were going to swim away from me, so they did.”
When Wilders finally left Cape Cod in 2017, he did not go to Cape Auden or the island to see what was going on, but instead headed to Cape Cassel.
The town had a small zoo on the property, which Wilders was able to take his photo with.
“For me, it was like, ‘This is amazing,’ ” said Wildings.
“I had never seen anything like that.”
In 2017, the town was also celebrating the centennial of the first colony of animals on the Cape Cod mainland.
But that celebration was short-lived.
As Wilders and his family headed back to Cape Pech, he noticed some of his exotic animal friends were still there.
“As I was leaving, I was just like, `This is really odd.
How are they going to live here?,'” said the now retired actor.”
There were so many different kinds of animals, and then I saw a kong, a kumquat, and a kunaita, and they were all wearing the exact same clothes.”
The animals, who were dressed in different clothing, would go out and hunt each other for food, which is something you wouldn’t normally see on Cape Cod, but it did happen.
Wilders noticed the animals taking a break and sitting around while he was there