The Best Places to Go Houseboating

With an ease compared to that of driving a car, houseboats—think floating RVs—are a perfect option for couples, families or friends who want to spend their days and nights on the water.
 

Lake Powell, Arizona

Lake Powell, photograph courtesy of Lucas Cometto/Getty.

This is one of the best houseboating destinations in the U.S. “Think of the Grand Canyon filled with water,” says DeJay Lister, the guest services and marketing manager at Antelope Point Marina in Page. “The lake is crystal-clear waters, red rocks and spiralling cliff walls rising 1,000 feet in the air.”

Mactaquac Lake, New Brunswick

Mactaquac Lake, photograph courtesy of ottsworld.com

If you have a boat licence, and experience, you can rent a fully appointed houseboat from Lakeway Houseboat Vacations. Cruise along scenic Mactaquac Lake—30 minutes from Fredericton—and part of the historic Saint John River, which is dotted with small towns you can explore during your trip.

Rideau Canal, Ontario

Le Boat, photograph courtesy of Le Boat.

Based in Smiths Falls in eastern Ontario, Le Boat offers modern houseboat rentals on the Rideau Canal between Ottawa and Kingston. As you spend your days leisurely floating down the canal, through the hand-cranked locks, you will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to the late-1800s.

Houseboating by the Numbers

1832

The year the Rideau Canal opened. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the oldest continually operated canal system in North America.

17

The number of years it took Lake Powell to reach “full pool”—the ideal water level—after the Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963.

526

The approximate numbers of streams and lakes that make up the Shuswap Lake network, which has 1,100 kilometres of shoreline.

[This story appears in the June 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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