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Shuswap Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Shuswap Lake. If you need additional assistance, please contact us toll-free at 888-454-8825 or click here to submit a request for more guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable Houseboat Rental Agents are always happy to help.

Houseboating season is typically from mid-May through September. Summertime is the most popular and is the busiest season. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures.

The maximum capacity on any houseboat is the amount it sleeps. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Waterway Marina, the renter must be at least 19 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. Except on the Legacy Houseboat, the renter must be 25 years or older.

Waterway Marina will allow small dogs for a $100 fee, however you must call ahead to receive permission.

There is no special licensing or prior experience required to operate these houseboat rentals; just a valid drivers' license. The marina staff will go over operations and regulations in an orientation upon your arrival.

The cost of a houseboat vacation is based on a few variables: what time of year you plan to visit, what size of houseboat, how long of a trip, etc. See our Pricing Page for more details

Generally, people reserve about 6-9 months in advance. But it's always a good idea to make a reservation as soon as you're ready, especially if you have specific dates in mind or if you're planning a trip over a holiday weekend or on a special promotion.

Give us a call at 888-454-8825. Our reservation agents are happy to check availability or confirm your vacation.

Alternatively, you may Contact Us Online with your availability request, and one of our agents will get back to you with the information you need.

To reserve:

  • A $750 deposit ($1500 for the Legacy) is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is applied toward your total like a down payment.
  • The remaining rental amount is due 60 or 90 days prior to your arrival (depending on houseboat model.)
  • A refundable $2500-10,000 security deposit is due upon your arrival. This amount is refundable at the end of your trip. Note: this amount doubles if you choose to waive/decline the insurance option.

Cancellations: (All houseboats, unless listed otherwise)

  • More than 60 days notice: forfeit $525+tax
  • Less than 60 days notice: forfeit full rental

*Mirage 66 and Genesis Houseboats:

  • More than 90 days notice: forfeit $750+tax
  • Less than 90 days notice: forfeit full rental

*Legacy Houseboat:

  • More than 90 days notice: forfeit $1000+tax
  • Less than 90 days notice: forfeit full rental

Basics such as cookware and serve-ware (pots, plans, plates, glasses, utensils, etc.) come equipped on the houseboat. You are responsible for bringing all of your food, beverages, and spices down to salt and pepper.

Fuel is not included in the houseboat rental. Like a rental car, you'll pick up the houseboat full and you'll be responsible for the final refueling at the end of your trip to pay for what you've used.

Typically, we recommend that you budget about $100 per day for fuel. Of course, it may be more or less based on how much you drive the houseboat each day and how much you run the generator.

Linens are not included but are offered at an additional cost.

$25 bed linen package: includes fitted and top sheet, 2 pillows with cases and a blanket)

$15 bath towel package: includes 1 bath towels 1 hand towel and 1 wash cloth

Feel free to provide your own linens and towels

You may pick up the houseboat between 9 a.m. and noon on your first day or when the boat is fully serviced.

Your return time is between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will be scheduled by the marina at  check in.

  • Waterways Marina operates on a set schedule:

    ·         3 day (2 night) weekend: Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday

    ·         4 day (3 night) midweek: Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday

    ·         7 day (6 night) week: may depart any day except Wednesday or Thursday

Bon Voyage (Available for an extra cost): Boarding between 6-8 PM the night prior allows you to get out on the water before sunset for an additional cost. (Subject to availability. **Not available between June 10th and September 10th)

Pre-Boarding (Available for an extra cost): Boarding between 8-10 PM the night prior allows you to sleep on the houseboat in the marina for an additional cost. (Subject to availability)

The “Bon Voyage” option allows you to board between 6-8pm the evening prior, and you can leave the marina an hour before sunset. This option costs $475 - $549 + tax and 1 day insurance (price varies by houseboat model.) Must be arranged in advance; based on availability. Not offered before June 10th or after September 10th. Not offered on the Legacy.

The “Early Boarding” option allows you to board between 8-10pm the evening prior; you load the houseboat and sleep on it that night in the marina, then go through the check in and orientation process the next morning. This option costs $399 - $599 + tax and 1 day insurance (price varies by houseboat model.) Must be arranged in advance; based on availability.


Waterway Houseboats has a full activity center with add ons ranging from seadoos, speedboats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards etc. Waterway Houseboats also has a boat launch if you wish to bring your own boat with available secured parking at no additional cost. Please find this information located on website.

Lake Shuswap is located in southwest British Columbia, about halfway between Calgary and Vancouver. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Shuswap area.

Waterway Houseboat Vacations
1 Mervyn Rd Hwy 97, BC Canada V0E 2V0

*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address

There are a few grocery stores located in nearby Sicamous, only a few minutes drive from the marina.

The marina has a marina store stocked with limited convenience items and ice.

You will want to come fully prepared with all groceries as there are no grocery or restaurant opportunities along the lake.

Yes! There is fishing at Lake Shuswap!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Lake Trout and Rainbow, Bull trout, Kokanee, Burbot and Whitefish. Lake trout and Rainbows can reach up to 10 kg in size. 

A British Columbia fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Lake Shuswap. Be sure to purchase a license online ahead of time.

Seasickness is very uncommon on fresh water because the lake is mostly calm and houseboats are wider and more stable than smaller boats. However, if you get sick easily we recommend that you take necessary precautions.