5 adventurous things you can do in BC this summer on a houseboat vacation

Apr 18 2019, 2:24 am

Summer officially starts in a few short weeks (can you believe it?), so now’s the time to start planning how you’re going to spend those long, sunshine-filled days.

Once you’ve got your shades, sandals, and swimwear, you’ve nailed the essentials. Next up, the destination. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about applying for a visa, searching for flights, or getting a bunch of vaccines when you explore BC.

Simply round up your friends, set the dates, and get ready for one of the best vacations you’ll ever have in Canada at Shuswap Lake. Nestled in south-central BC, it’s the most idyllic spot to spend your time off with your favourite people. And the best way to experience it? By renting a houseboat.

Think about it; a houseboat is your accommodation and transport all in one. The more of your friends that join the vacation, the less it costs you! Plus, you can experience the following adventurous things only on a houseboat vacation.

Visit Copper Island


How often do you get the chance to visit a beautiful island that’s just hours from your hometown? It’s time to make that happen. Copper Island is the only natural island on the¬†Shuswap Lake and the only way that you can get there is by boat ‚ÄĒ your rented houseboat. Check out the trail when you arrive and take Instagram photos from the stunning lookout points.

See the majestic Albas Falls


When you’ve got the opportunity to visit¬†Albas Falls Provincial Park, you’ve got to take advantage of it. The trail loops around both sides of the beautiful creek and you’ll get to see picturesque vistas of the falls as you make your way through lush forest. Of course, reaching the park by houseboat is the only way to get there in style this summer!

Picnic on a secluded beach


One of the best things about exploring this BC region by boat is the fact that you can take your pick from a selection of secluded beaches to visit. Stop by and enjoy lunch with a view as you dine al fresco on a beach with your favourite people. Here, you’ll quickly appreciate the beauty of nature all around you (and you’ll likely start to plan your next houseboat trip).

Go white water rafting

Whitewater rafting/Shutterstock

Okay, we know this activity involves transferring from your houseboat to another type of boat, but it’s 100% worth your time and energy to do so. Whether you’re new to rafting or if it’s your tenth time to ride the rapids, you’ll thoroughly appreciate this experience. During summer, your guide will stop in an area where you can go for a dip in the crystal waters before you hop back in the raft for the rest of your exhilarating ride down the¬†Shuswap River.

Experience mountain biking

Mountain bike crew/Waterway Houseboats

Shuswap is home to more than 470 km of mountain bike trails and cross-country tracks that you can explore. And thankfully, you’ve got plenty of space to store your biking equipment on a houseboat.

Whether you’re into downhill mountain biking or taking the scenic route at a slower pace, you’ll find an abundance of trails to suit you. Plus, you’ll see breathtaking sights while you ride. If you’ve got a GoPro camera that you can attach to your helmet to capture it all, even better.

Legacy/Waterway Houseboats

This summer, check all of these things in one single vacation by renting out a houseboat. When you book with Waterway Houseboats, you can choose an option that works for you and up to 29 of your friends.

This could be the best way to organize that overdue friends’ vacation. Cruise along the lake, enjoy the journey, and get ready to see a whole new side of BC.

For more information and to book your boat for this summer, visit Waterway Houseboats.

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