FAQs

~COVID POLICY~
Happy Days Houseboats remains committed to always being fully compliant with all public health guidelines and government restrictions.

Many people continue to be impacted by Covid and have many questions that start with “What if…”  The only thing certain is the uncertainty and any decision you make today is being made amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic.  All Rental Terms and Conditions apply unless otherwise stated.

Why Happy Days Houseboats?

We are boaters and we want to share our passion, expertise and local knowledge with you.  We value your leisure time and  recognize that you have a lot of vacation options.  Happy Days Houseboats is ideally located midway on the Trent Severn Waterway and is a convenient 1.5-hour drive from Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Our prices are an indication of the value and service you will be getting from our company. Extended service hours, great boats, and excellent people makes Happy Days Houseboats the perfect starting point to the awesome adventure that awaits you!

Do I need a License or Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card?

We believe the more knowledge you have, the more enjoyable boating becomes.  You do not need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) but having one makes sure you have immediate navigation and boating safety skills.  It is recommended, appreciated and can be completed online.

At Happy Days Houseboats, we provide instruction that goes beyond the basics.  Instruction is provided that will  increase your knowledge of local hazards and the lock system, as well as, the specific handling characteristics of a houseboat.  Proof of competency will be issued that complies with Transport Canada requirements and includes a dockside safety checklist and practical, on-board training.  A Training Manual is provided on board every houseboat.  The Training Video is always available on our You Tube Channel and each houseboat is equipped with an electronic tablet and the Happy Days Houseboat App for ongoing reference.

Proof of operator competency must be demonstrated prior to departure from our dock.   While operator training can be provided for more than one person, there is only one Captain on a boat.  The Captain is responsible for legal care and control of the vessel and life safety of all passengers.

What is a Bareboat Charter?

A bareboat charter is an arrangement for the chartering or hiring of a ship or boat, whereby no crew or provisions are included as part of the agreement; instead, the people who rent the vessel from the owner are responsible for taking care of such things. The charterer obtains possession and full control of the vessel along with the legal and financial responsibility for it.

How soon should we book?

It is recommended that you book as soon as you are able to commit to your vacation times. It may save some disappointment later. Spring, summer or fall go ahead and give us a call. All seasons are equally enjoyable as our houseboats are equipped with all the comforts of home.

Can I use a hairdryer, flat iron, gourmet coffee maker (keurig/nespresso), toaster, electric frypan, koolatron, etc.?

No, you can’t and here’s why ~high amperage appliances have a strong electric current that will overburden the onboard electrical system. All houseboats are equipped with an inverter system that takes the power from the battery system and inverts it to electrical power.  As such, there is limited electrical capacity. The fridge, lights, pumps, etc. that are required for the proper function of the houseboat are powered by the onboard battery system.

Breathing machines, laptops, a small fan, cell phones and other low-wattage appliances will work.

Staying at a private marina or, at a lock that is equipped with power hook up, would enable you to use high amperage appliances, but you must be plugged into an onshore electrical source.

Can we bring our dog?

We would prefer that you make alternate arrangements for your dog, especially if you or your dog are new to boating.   At Happy Days Houseboats, we are dog friendly but bringing a dog on board requires your houseboat adventure to be prioritized to the needs of your dog instead of your Crew.

Administrative approval is required prior to arrival if you intend to bring your dog.  The Luxury model is a pet free model. The fee to bring a dog on board is $25/day and additional cleaning fees may apply.

Puppies, cats, reptiles, birds or other animals are not permitted on board.

What does double berth mean?

A double berth means that the sleeping area can accommodate two people.

Clean Marine Program

As we are just borrowing the earth from future generations, Happy Days Houseboats strive to be as eco-friendly as possible by reducing the amount of pre-packaged foods (less garbage), recycle at every opportunity, dispose of refuse in appropriate locations (lock stations, marinas, Happy Days Marina), and use biodegradable soaps where possible. Check the ingredients and the symbols.Marine Clean Logo

Happy Days Houseboats is a member of Boating Ontario and active participant in their Clean Marine program. We have been independently evaluated and rated for eco-efficiency performance by our significant commitment to environmental improvement. Happy Days Houseboats will promote clean marine practices at all times and agrees to always show respect for the environment and for the fish, birds and animals and all other creatures that share it with us.

What is there to do?

The Trent Severn Waterway is a national treasure, a designated historical site that is safeguarded and managed by Parks Canada. The Waterway links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay and as you travel through the locks, reflect on the history of water travel as you trace the route taken by Samuel de Champlain in 1614.

Explore the great cultural legacy of Native Canadians by visiting Whetung Ojibwa Centre located on Upper Buckhorn Lake. Water sports are endless and you can fish, swim, wakeboard, canoe, kayak and paddleboard or just simply float. Plan to stargaze.

The area has many species of birds and wildlife can be plentiful with deer, otters, beavers and in some areas, bears and raccoons. There are art galleries, art festivals, music festivals and museums. Shop in the many interesting towns and boutiques along the Waterway or visit the spa or golf course. Wifi is available at Happy Days Houseboats and at different locations along this aqueous highway if you need to stay connected. But if you can, indulge in some digital detox and turn the technology off!

What equipment and utensils are available in Galley/Kitchen?

For the love of food! The most discerning of chefs will find the well-equipped galley has the following items:

  • Place settings for the maximum number of occupants including dinner plates, small plates, soup bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery (steak knife, butter knife, forks, teaspoon and tablespoons)
  • Large and small pot
  • 2 cast iron frying pans
  • Utensils: Egg flipper, ladle, tongs, potato masher, carrot/potato peeler, can opener, scissors, big and small sharp knives, cutting board, milk jug, juice jug, cheese grater, measuring cup(s).
  • Coffee perk, 2 big serving bowls, tea kettle, teapot, ashtrays, ice cube trays.
  • Biodegradable dish soap
  • Plastic deck chairs
  • Large cooler for beverages
  • Adult life jackets for passengers over 90lbs.

If it’s not on board, just ask us. Remember… an apron is just a cape on backwards.

Great restaurants along the Waterway provide awesome culinary experiences. Farmer’s Markets offer fresh local samplings. Check us out on Pinterest for campfire and BBQ recipes.

Alcohol and Cannabis

The use of alcohol or cannabis or any other type of drug can impair judgement. It is illegal to operate the houseboat while impaired. Happy Days Houseboats will provide complete driver training when it is certain that there is no impairment.

No Smoking Policy

The interior of all houseboats is non-smoking/non-vaping.

Can we have more people on board than the maximum occupancy?

Our maximum occupancy cannot exceed the maximum allowable for the specified boat model. Children and infants are considered occupants.

Can I fish in the Kawarthas?

The Kawarthas offer great fishing.

  • WALLEYE / PICKEREL: 2nd Saturday in May – Nov. 15
  • MUSKIE: 1st Saturday in June – Dec. 15
  • BASS: 3rd Saturday in June – Dec. 5

* See Ontario Fishing Regulation Summary Zone 17 for slot size and limits. 

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