Life on a houseboat provides a gentler form of living, from the peaceful sound of waves to the reliable mail service via bald eagle. Take a sojourn from civilization with today's Groupon: for $499, you get a four-day mid-week Super Spring houseboat rental for up to 10 people from Waterway Houseboat Vacations in Sicamous (a $1001.25 value). Super Spring trips must be scheduled between Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 17, 2012; the $1001.25 value of this Groupon may also be used toward the booking deposit or any other trip from Waterway Houseboat Vacations.
The crew at Waterway Houseboat Vacations bids bon voyage to renters shoving off into Shuswap Lake aboard houseboats vetted through 200-point inspections. During Super Spring, parties of up to 10 cruise in a Mirage 40 while taking in mountain-lined vistas of beaches, waterfalls, and pirates burying treasure. Amenities include a gas fireplace, waterslide, a three-piece bath, three private sleeping areas, and a sofa bed and dinette that convert into a living area. Sirius satellite radio wraps the vessel in tunes, Safety Turtles (reserve at time of booking) protect children by sounding an alarm if one ventures toward water, and onboard high-speed internet allows passengers to frantically check their work email. Those opting to use this Groupon as a rental credit may procure the same houseboat for a four-day mid-week trip, three-day weekend trip, or seven-day trip between May 1 and September 30 ($1,335–$3,890, depending on season). Waterway also offers rates on houseboats for up to 30 people, such as the Genesis 75 outfitted for 20 with four queen-size beds, a wet bar, three deck levels fortified with battlements, and a waterslide ($3,320–$10,665, depending on season).
While adventuring across Shuswap Lake, explorers have access to ample activities such as swimming, hiking, water-skiing, fishing, golfing, ATV riding, mountain biking, and googling. Waterway also recommends items to bring. For more info, check out the FAQ page.
Waterway Houseboat Vacations
As the sun’s rays reach across British Columbia, breakfast is being served, coffee and all, in the middle of Shuswap Lake. Though it's been cooked aboard one of Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ watercrafts, the diners devouring their morning meal still have the overwhelming sense that this is what it feels like to spend quality time in the wild. That combination of coming together as a group while communing with nature is Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ raison d'être and has been since its founding in 1968.
Dedicated to outfitting aquatic sojourners with the most lavish, well-equipped vessels possible, the company's proprietors had their own fleet of houseboats built up in their Sicamous-based boat yard. Each masterpiece of engineering is embellished with luxurious amenities such as hot tubs, fireplaces, and gold-plated shoulder parrots, each of which fight for boater attention with lake-adjacent activities such as swimming, hiking, water-skiing, and fishing. While eager to introduce visitors to the scenic beauty of the Shuswaps, the company simultaneously aims to uphold a dedication to environmental stewardship, preserving their beloved home with initiatives that include stocking boats with biodegradable soap and spearheading a comprehensive recycling program.