Houseboating during the fall is the perfect time for those seeking comfort and a more tranquil vacation. The water is still warm from the summer heat, the beaches are quiet and the evenings are perfect for relaxing and star gazing. These five destinations will inspire you to book a houseboat holiday during Canada’s colourful season.
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, B.C.
Situated on the outskirts of Scotch Creek, the park has one kilometre of sandy, pebble beach. On Shuswap Lake, you can take the boat out to Copper Island where you’ll find a beautiful 2.8-kilometre hiking trail. The park also offers a large grassy play area, a playground and a self-guiding nature trail.
Tobin Lake, Sask.
For those who love fishing, Tobin Lake is the place for you. Combine the luxuries of houseboating in a place famous for its exceptional pike fishing. Explore 65 kilometres of waterways, with great fishing at Eagle’s Nest and Whiterock.
Lake of the Prairies, Man.
This 67-kilometre man-made lake in Asessippi Provincial Park is surrounded by colourful hills and crosses the border into Saskatchewan. With some of the best fishing in Manitoba and sparkling water for swimming, a houseboat tour is a great way to experience this splendid lake.
Lake of the Woods, Ont.
There are over 14,000 islands and more than 105,000 kilometres of shoreline. Moor your boat in a different spot every night and visit Kenora or Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. Whether you like hiking, fishing, hunting or golfing, Lake of the Woods offers comfort and wilderness.
Lake Kipawa, Que.
It is in far southwest Quebec and has over 4,000 kilometres of shoreline. With its unique narrow shape, you can explore its deep bays, such as Chemagan, des Plongeurs and Campbell, as well as the large islands of Mckenzie and aux Ours. The labyrinth with many interconnecting bodies of water offers great fishing of walleye, pike and trout. And for those who like to get their adrenaline pumping, you can find watersport facilities.
Photo Essay: Houseboating with Darcy Rhyno
A photo tour of the Saint John River
To read Rhyno’s story about houseboating in New Brunswick and view more photos, pick up the Fall issue of Canadian Geographic Travel on newsstands.