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So, you’re planning your first houseboating trip… that’s exciting news! Houseboating in the beautiful Shuswap is an idyllic way to spend a vacation, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, gathering with friends, or getting away with the family.

If you’re not a veteran houseboater, you might have a few questions. We’ve answered some common ones here, but if there is anything else you’re curious about, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help! You can also find answers to some other frequently asked questions here.

What should I expect for my first time houseboating?

Houseboating takes ‘glamping’ to another level. You get to enjoy many of the best things about a typical camping trip — fresh air, nature, fun activities, quality time with family and friends — but in your own luxury home out on the water.

You may be surprised by how comfortable houseboating is. You’ll have access to a fully-equipped kitchen, living areas, bedrooms, fully-functioning bathrooms, a large deck and more.

While houseboating, you’ll have the chance to enjoy all that the Shuswap has to offer. Water toy rentals are available for those who wish to take their lake experience to the next level with speed boats, skis, tubes, wakeboards, paddle boards, fishing boats, kayaks and more. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Shuswap’s land activities — just moor your houseboat to spend an afternoon or evening on a secluded beach, explore restaurants and wineries, play a round of golf, or go hiking or mountain biking. Boredom is never a concern!

Your houseboating trip is whatever you make it — spend your days relaxing with a book in the sun, partying with friends, reveling in action-packed activities, or a bit of everything!

A great houseboating vacation does take a bit of planning, but the Waterway Cruise Director makes it easier than ever to rally the troops and create the perfect plan. For more information, you can find our vacation brochure, rate guide, and adventure guide here.

When is the best time of year to go houseboating in the Shuswap?

Our season typically runs from mid-May to late-September. The best time of year to book your houseboating vacation really depends on the type of trip that you’re after.

Spring and fall

Spring and fall are more affordable, and also happen to be the best times for fishing. The weather in the Shuswap in May and September is usually quite temperate, but not as sunny and hot as June, July and August. If you’re okay with a little less heat, smaller crowds, and enjoy casting a reel, spring or fall might be a great option for you!


Unsurprisingly, the summer months are the most popular time for houseboating. Typical summer temperatures in the Shuswap are between 18 - 36 C, making it the perfect weather for water activities and having fun in the sun.

How do I pick the right houseboat for my group?

With several houseboat options, you’ll have to decide which one best suits your group and the vacation that you’re looking for.

First, determine how many people will be joining you. This will be a lead factor in choosing your ideal houseboat. While some houseboats hold up to 10 people, there are some that can hold up to 30.

Next, consider your budget and which amenities are most important to you. All houseboats come equipped with the basic necessities for a great trip, but some have added features like slides, hot tubs, plasma TVs and more.

If you’re not sure which houseboat to choose, contact us and we can help!

What should I bring on my houseboating adventure?

Your houseboat will be equipped with several amenities — appliances, cookware, utensils, television and radio, etc. However, you will definitely need to bring some things from home. Add the below items to your packing list for a great houseboating vacation.

  • Food and beverages
  • A cooler and ice for extra cold storage
  • Bedding, pillows and blankets
  • Towels (bath, beach and kitchen)
  • Outdoor lounge chairs
  • Toiletries
  • Games
  • Hats and lots of sunscreen
  • A camera
  • Water toys or floaties
  • First aid kit
  • Music
  • Flashlights
  • A camera
  • A book
  • Food storage containers
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Golf clubs

Meal prepping is a great way to save time while you’re vacationing, but cooking on a houseboat is easy to do. Most are even equipped with outdoor barbecues. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water, too!

Of course, you’ll also need to bring clothing. Be sure to bring lots of comfortable summer clothes, but be prepared for chilly or rainy weather too, just in case. And don’t forget your bathing suit!

Are you excited yet? We can’t wait for you to spend your first houseboating adventure with us! Contact us for more information about houseboating on the Shuswap.

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