Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $750, you get $1,500 toward any houseboat rental at Waterway Houseboats, just south of Sicamous on Highway 97. Patrons can reserve their buoys year-round for three to seven days, and pricing varies by season and length of rental.
Anchored in the waters of the warm mountain Shuswap Lake, this houseboat company designs, builds and customizes its arsenal of luxurious watercrafts for safe and indulgent coastal cruises. Their fleet of more than 15 amphibious domiciles accommodates between 10 and 30 guests, and Waterway Houseboats furnishes each bateau with a hot tub, fireplace, and water slide. Finless seafarers can indulge in the shade of an overhead bimini top or summon a spectrum of gullible sun rays on deck while observing rushing waterfalls and beaches from the stern of a 40-foot-long Mirage 10-sleeper (from $1,290). Intimate Facebook friends can sprawl their oiled limbs out on an 18- person vessel bedecked with an outdoor barbecue and seven bedrooms (from $1,835), and the splendour of the Waterway’s three-storey, 94-foot-long marine majesty, The Legacy, covers the Shuswap’s 1,000-kilometre expanse trying to parallel park.
In addition to a quality-assurance program that inspects every boat on a 200-point scale, Houseboats endows river riders with a special-needs gondola harnessed with wheelchair accessibility and medical necessities. The yacht mavens also make efforts to preserve and protect their indigenous environment, supplying barge dwellers with biodegradable soaps, a recycling program, and an economical battery-charging system to optimize onboard circuits and revive electric eels.
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.