He’s been cruising on beautiful Shuswap Lake for 15 years in what he calls a “floating luxury hotel—one you can leave every day for mountain biking, hiking and cozy campfires when you beach the boat for the night.” A whole new kind of party Fans of houseboating are a diverse bunch ranging from the older crowd looking for relaxation, to those looking for a more active time.

The ever-changing scenery as they cruise along the 1,000 km Shuswap Lake system is ideal to young outdoor enthusiasts who love the hiking/biking/fishing and skiing in the area’s incredible array of waterways, parks and beaches. “Housboating is such an affordable vacation,” says Neil Millar, general manager of Waterway Houseboating.

“floating luxury hotel—one you can leave every day for mountain biking, hiking and cozy campfires when you beach the boat for the night.”

There are boat sizes to fit groups from 10 to 30, so costs can be shared and there are enough amenities onboard to satisfy everyone: hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, waterslides and state-of-the-art wired electronic areas. “You can have the kind of vacation you can’t get anywhere else,” Millar says. “The size and variety of the Shuswap itself is unique.

And the depth of the water makes it perfect for beaching with the front of the boat on land but the propeller still in the water.” Beyond the deck Once on land, there are extensive mountain bike trails, lovely towns, tourist attractions and provincial parks offering activities too numerous to list.

Many houseboat rental companies purchase a fleet package that covers the cost to use the provincial parks. For those who worry about houseboat partiers ruining a family holiday, area enthusiast Greg Scharf says he and his family have never found this to be a problem. “The Shuswap is huge so there’s room for everyone to keep apart. Even though our kids are older now, they love hanging out in the hot tub so they still love coming on family houseboat vacations.”