If You've Never Been Houseboating on the Shuswap, You're Missing Out: Here's Why

Renting a houseboat on this gorgeous Canadian lake is the perfect summer vacation
| Updated: April 26, 2019
A summer day spent skiing on Shuswap Lake

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Remember spending summer days at the lake, playing in the water and barbecuing on the beach? Remember stepping away from busy schedules to enjoy the outdoors and connect with our favorite people? Remember when our eyes were glued to scenery rather than screens, and we paid more attention to each other than our phones?

Those were the days.

The good news is that these kinds of days are still within reach. All it takes is a little enthusiasm and planning around the hectic days in life—worth it to get back to a slower, more sun-soaked pace.

This summer, it’s time to rediscover what it means to get away, create memories together and spend your days however you please.

The perfect jumping-off point to the best summer activities? Houseboating.

 Houseboating is a unique kind of trip that forces you to slow down and appreciate the moment without losing a sense of adventure. It’s a vacation that appeals equally to a group of friends looking to live it up on the lake and a family gathering with people of all ages.

Relax, soak up the sun, play watersports, and be sure to spend a little time hunting down secluded beaches or nearby towns. A houseboat is the perfect vessel for scouting out private coves and an ideal way to enjoy lakeside campfires, beach parties and barbecues with a cold drink in hand. 

Luckily, the houseboating capital of Canada is just a hop, skip and a jump away — the beautiful Shuswap Lake. This magnificent lake, halfway between Calgary and Vancouver and just a quick direct flight away from Seattle, is a recreation and houseboating paradise. Sun-drenched beaches, beautiful waterfalls and plentiful fishing are yours to discover from the comfort of your home away from home. Visitors can enjoy swimming, hiking, water skiing, golfing, ATV-riding and mountain biking, and everyone will get a kick out of the waterslide on the back of every Waterway Houseboat. Kayaks, canoes, waterskis and tubes are also available for rental, as are knee boards and wakeboards. Houseboating on the Shuswap: the key to golden summer memories.

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