A warm, friendly welcome awaits you from Jill, Frank, and the Happy Days Crew. Gather your family and friends to relax, unwind and get into a nautical state of mind at The Marina at Happy Days. From this amazing location, you can enjoy some of the world’s best recreational boating on the pristine and spectacular Trent Severn Waterway.
Happy Days Houseboats has been family owned and operating on the Trent Severn Waterway since 1978. We pride ourselves on the construction and maintenance of our houseboats and have a solid reputation for providing a quality product and service to every guest. Over the past four decades, Happy Days has welcomed over 100,000 guests from near and far to enjoy what many call, an iconic Kawartha experience.
Proud of our History ~ Living in the Moment ~ Excited for What’s to Come
It was Frank’s father, Siegfried, who started the business. He was a visionary with formal training in metallurgy and he built his first vessel in 1975 as a pleasure craft for his family to enjoy. From this original design, he crafted over 40 houseboats across two decades, all of which are still stout, seaworthy and afloat today. His dedication to manufacturing resulted in the slow and steady growth of a highly sought out on water family adventure. Siegfried used his skills and knowledge with precision and purpose and manufactured custom vessels that were designed and custom built in Canada for the uniqueness of the Kawarthas. With each houseboat that was manufactured, the design evolved and improved to ensure that each vessel continued to exceed safety standards and functionality.
Siegfried passed away unexpectedly in 1997 and the family was devastated.
But the houseboat story continues. Soon after, as fate would have it, the stars aligned when Jill and Frank met on a houseboat. Their partnership continues today with the third generation 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 and 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 it. From developing community and industry partnerships, to innovation and boat design, it is always a happy day to start something new. For her though, the greatest privilege has always been to welcome guests on board 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.
With resolution and resiliency, the family and business is holding steady on course because there are many happy days ahead and the best is yet to come.
Experienced, Professional Service
The Crew at The Marina at Happy Days have 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 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.