A warm, friendly welcome awaits you.
Jill, Frank, and the Happy Days Crew welcome you to gather your family and friends. Relax, unwind and get into a nautical state of mind at The Marina at Happy Days. From this location, you can enjoy some of the world’s best recreational boating on the pristine and spectacular Trent Severn Waterway.
For forty-three years, Happy Days has welcomed over 100,000 guests from near and far to enjoy what some call an iconic Kawartha experience.
Proud of our History ~ Living in the Moment ~ Excited for What’s to Come
It was Frank’s father, Ziggy, who started the business. He was a visionary with formal training in metallurgy and built over 40 houseboats in his lifetime. For over two decades, manufacturing and growth was the priority. Each houseboat in the rental fleet has been custom built in Canada for the uniqueness of the Kawarthas. Many of these boats remain at The Marina today while some have relocated as far away as the southern United States.
Ziggy passed away unexpectedly in 1997 which was a devastating loss to the family.
The houseboat story continues. As fate would have it, the stars aligned more than two decades ago when Jill and Frank met while houseboating. Their partnership continues today with Gen 3 now learning the ropes. For over 31 years, Frank was a firefighter with the City of Toronto and retired as a Captain. With his professional background, he has made safety on board and on the water a priority. He enthusiastically shares his local knowledge and passion for houseboating. His motto is “any boat ride is a good boat ride”. He’s always outside, overseeing the day to day operations of The Marina.
Jill has been administering the business operations and has enjoyed every aspect of the exponential growth and development for over twenty years. For her, it is a great privilege to welcome guests on board to share in the excitement and help curate a memorable adventure.
Through uncontrollable circumstances, the operation of the rental fleet ceased in the spring of 2021. This was not intended nor expected and there is heartfelt sadness that this era at Happy Days has ended. This challenge and shift will be navigated with the resolution and resiliency that the family is known for.
There are many happy days ahead and the best is yet to come.
Experienced, Professional Service
The Crew at The Marina at Happy Days are experts with extensive knowledge and ability based on their experience and training. Everyone is a boater themselves because of their love of being on the water.
Happy Days Houseboats is a Mercury® Dealer. Mercury® is world-renowned for creating innovations that provide boaters with the best experiences on the water. This affiliation provides great confidence that each boater will enjoy their time on the water because Mercury® is “#1 on the water”.
Happy Days Houseboats is a proud member of Boating Ontario and the Clean Marine Program and has received the highest honour for dedication to eco-efficiency and environmental conservation. The Robert Eaton Environmental Award recognizes environmental responsibility and stewardship as well as the contribution of time and resources to advancing the efforts in the Clean Marine Program.
Industry recognition for Business Leader of the Year, Outstanding Business Achievement, and Marketing Achievement has been bestowed. The pinnacle of awards has been the shared belief from our business community that our Crew are “Employees of the Year”. Three years in a row, our Crew has received this recongition.