FAQs

Booking, Arriving and Leaving

House Boats

Your costs are minimal. You pay for the gas you use during your vacation and septic pump out. Your gas costs will vary depending upon how far you travel, generator usage, as well as use of the remote fueling station. Septic pump-out fee is $25.

Security Deposit: The security deposit will be applied to any outstanding charges including but not limited to lost or damaged items, late returns, excessively unclean boats, or any damages. Deposit must be placed on the Captain’s credit card. CASH OR PERSONAL CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

We recommend you reserve your houseboat 6 months to a year in advance, but we can usually accommodate most requests, as long as you have some flexibility in dates and houseboat types. It’s also always worthwhile calling us even on short notice (1-250-724-4462), as we occasionally get cancellations. If you are requiring very specific dates for your vacation, we highly recommend that you book 12 months in advance. Check out our online booking for to view immediate availability.

Yes. All you require is a deposit of $700 to confirm your reservation. Your deposit will be applied to your charter fee and is required 10 days after making your reservation. Your deposit can be paid over the phone by approved credit card or you may email transfer the money.

Friends can join you in the middle of your trip as long as the total number of people on the houseboat does not exceed the maximum allowed. This includes people choosing to camp on the beach as they will still be issuing the toilets and showers etc and the systems are designed for a maximum occupancy.  You will need to call a water taxi if you would like to have people come join you. We suggest using Fish and Duck Water Taxi as they leave from our dock. Their number is 250-724-4462. Or the houseboat can return to Fish and Duck Marina to pick up guests.

The ‘Captain’ of the houseboat must hold a valid driver’s licence and be at least 19 years old.

We are dog and cat friendly.  There is a fee of $50 for a small pet and $75 for a large pet.  Both are subject to tax. These fees are a 1 time fee for the duration of your trip. You MUST let us know at the time of booking and there is a limit to the number of animals allowed. We advise against bringing pets if possible but understand some people can’t leave their babies! 

NO, please bring your own bedding and towels from home. 

No, each boat has a stereo system on board. Please bring an aux cord with you to connect any iPods or phones to the stereo. You can have small Bluetooth stereos but no large loud speakers or speaker systems there is a noise by-law on the lake and people who abuse this will be fined. 

Some work quite well, others not very well at all or only at specific locations. You should still give family and friends our office number 1 (250) 724-4462, as this will be your best way of ensuring their messages reach you. If necessary we will advise you where the nearest telephone is to you so you can speak to the caller in person. (There is a new ROGER’S Cell tower in the area)

Yes, just make sure your family has our office phone number (250) 724-4462, and we will relay any messages to you via your V.H.F. radio. However, you must be monitoring your radio to receive the message. We require all guests fill out a Boat Manifest prior to leaving dock. This manifest ensures that we know which boat every guest is on in the event of a family emergency.

In the event of a medical emergency, call 911.  There is a rescue boat on the lake, they will come get you.  If you can’t reach 911 by your cell, call us via radio. Cell phones do not work on all areas of the lake.

Before 8pm at the latest, dark you must “beach” your houseboat – houseboats cannot be safely secured in the middle of the lake as it is too deep – and we don’t provide anchors! You will be instructed on how to do this during your Captain’s Orientation. There are over 30 beaches to choose from down Two Rivers Arm and down Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. 

Your houseboat will travel up to 6 knots or 7 miles an hour. We do recommend a specific travel speed to allow you to achieve the best fuel consumption. For example the average cruising time from Two Rivers to Fish and Duck Marina is 1 2 hours.

We are dog and cat friendly.  There is a fee of $50 for a small pet and $75 for a large pet.  Both are subject to tax. These fees are a 1 time fee for the duration of your trip. You MUST let us know at the time of booking and there is a limit to the number of animals allowed. We advise against bringing pets if possible but understand some people can’t leave their babies! 

The Captain’s Orientation covers all the operating systems of the houseboat. We also include a video onboard on our YouTube channel  that you may review at any time, along with an Operating Manual specific to the boat you have chartered.

Anyone over the age of 19 can drive the houseboat provided that they have completed the Captain’s Orientation and hold a valid driver’s license and have a boating license (we can issue a temporary license at registration).

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