Beautiful Shuswap Lake is a natural lake located less than two hours from Vancouver. Shuswap lake can provide the ideal setting for a perfect boating vacation. The lake is protected by the mountains and remains calm most of the time. Although the lake is deep the temperature is very pleasant for swimming and can warm up to 23C during July and August. If you like to fish Shuswap lake offers anglers a great time to catch lake trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, and salmon early spring/late fall.
Houseboat Waterways provides free access to use the Provincial Parks on the Lake and now high speed internet access on all their boats. They have an excellent and very informative website that will answer most of your questions.
Waterway Houseboats offer a large number different models of houseboats that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 30 people and certainly meet your needs. With so many great models to choose from and a long list of amenities it is best to check out their website for all the details. To give you an idea, houseboats come are fully equipped and include such amenities as:
- Full kitchen, with refrigerator, stove, oven, appliances and utensils
- 3 piece bathroom
- Hot tubs
- Private staterooms
- AM/FM stereo with CD player
- TV with DVD player
- 'On lake' high speed internet access
If you are a large group or looking for the perfect corporate get-a-way you have to check out the Legacy 94 that sleeps 30. This boat is fully loaded with everything you could possibly want. There are numerous private staterooms, hot tub, outdoor wet bar with overhead TV and even a meeting room with a TV. Again, you have to check out all the details on about this boat on the Waterways Houseboats website.
The possibilities are endless and Waterways Houseboats appear to have a ream together to help with your events whether they are weddings, family reunions or corporate events.
- 4 day midweek
- 3 day weekend
- 7 day week
Contact Waterways Houseboats if there are any last minute cancellations and see if you can take advantage of any discounts.
Previous experience is not required. You will be provided full instruction on operating the houseboat, safety requirements, and understanding the lake. Persons renting and operating the houseboat must have a valid driver's license and be at least 19 years of age (25 years of age for the Legacy class houseboats).
You do not require a boating license (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) to rent a houseboat. Prior to departure you will be provided a safety checklist for review. Be sure to ask any questions if you are not sure. Once completed you will be issued a temporary license that is good for your trip. You will need to keep this document readily available if request by officials.
If you wish to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card you can do so on line. For more details:
Pleasure Craft Licence
What to Bring:
For a complete list of recommended items to bring check out the checklist. Waterways Houseboats recommends you bring your own additional deck chairs.
What to Bring
It is suggested that you bring your own linens and pillows. Waterways Houseboats can rent linens if required. You should discuss at time of reservation.
Cats and small dogs are permitted. You should discuss the pet policy at time of reservation to be sure you won’t be disappointed.
There are a number of additional costs that you should budget for during your vacation and will depend on the duration of your trip and the distance traveled. Each operator has different policies and should be discussed directly with them. Some costs will or may include:
- $50 environment fee
Other Rental Items Available:
- Personal watercraft
- Pontoon boats
- Paddle boards
- Mountain bikes
- Water sports
Waterway Houseboats Ltd:
PO Box 69
#1 Mervyn Road
Sicamous, British Columbia,
1 Mervyn Rd,
Highway 97, BC
Driving Distances/Time From:
Vancouver: 131 km / 82 miles- 1 h 40 min
Kamloops: 245 km / 150 miles – 2 h 30 min
Kelowna: 280 km / 175 miles – 2 h 50 min
Calgary: 865 km / 536 miles – 9h 25 min
Seattle: 245 km / 150 miles - 2 h 45 min