Frequently asked questions...
WHY SHOULD WE BOAT WITH HAPPY DAYS HOUSEBOATS?
We value your leisure time and at Happy Days Houseboats we provide you with great boats, excellent people and a perfect starting point to an awesome adventure! Our prices are an indication of the value and service you will be getting from our company. Our houseboats have more on board features than other rental houseboats on the Trent Severn Waterway and we provide extended service hours for your comfort and convenience. The Staff at Happy Days Houseboats are boaters themselves and take great pleasure in sharing their experience and local knowledge with you. 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.
DO I NEED A BOATING LICENSE?
No. The Pleasure Craft Operator’s card is not required at this time to operate a rental houseboat. At Happy Days Houseboats, we issue a temporary license that is in accordance with Transport Canada requirements that is based on a dock-side check out and hands-on, on board training. This license is good for the duration of your rental agreement with us.
HOW SOON SHOULD WE BOOK?
Spring or fall is the perfect time to take advantage of lower rates but if summer is your time to vacation, it is recommended that you book as soon as you are able to commit to your vacation times. It may save some disappointment later. In the event that we do not have your availability, there are many great holiday options along the waterway.
CAN I USE A HAIR DRYER, FLAT IRON, GOURMET COFFEE MAKER, TOASTER, ELECTRIC FRY PAN ETC.?
All house boats are equipped with an inverter system. There is a 110V and 12V outlet on all house boats. The inverter system has limited electrical capacity but will power breathing machines, laptops, a fan, cell phones and low-wattage hair dryers. There is no on board air conditioning as the many windows in the main cabin offer a nice breeze and panoramic view. On extreme heat days, stay cool in the water. There are excellent swimming conditions everywhere!
DO YOU ALLOW PETS?
We do not allow pets. However, with approval from administration, some dogs have been permitted aboard. With approval, your dog on board will cost $25/day to a maximum of $100/week. Dogs are not permitted on the Luxury model.
HOW DO I KEEP MY KIDS (Myself) ENTERTAINED?
The Trent Severn Waterway is a national treasure and is a designated historical site that is safeguarded and managed by Parks Canada. The Waterway links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. Before you arrive, visit some of the websites listed on the map in your confirmation package. As you travel through the locks, reflect on the history of water travel as you trace the route taken by Samuel de Champlaine in 1514. Logging and the fur trade were major industries back in the day and the railway ran through many small communities providing a link to industry and travel. The locks are an engineering marvel that were built over 100 years ago. Explore the great cultural legacy of Native Canadians by visiting Whetung Ojibewey Centre located on Upper Buckhorn Lake. Water sports are endless. You can fish, swim, wakeboard, canoe, kayak and paddle board or just simply float. The clear, crisp water of the Trent Severn Waterway can always be enjoyed. Plan to stargaze. According to a favourite, iconic Canadian band…it was in Bobcaygeon…I saw the constellations…(Tragically Hip). The area has many species of birds and wild life 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 don’t turn on your phone for (gasp!!) a couple of hours!
WHAT IS ON BOARD THE BOAT?
The galley is equipped with 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, tea spoon and table spoons. Large and small pot, 2 cast iron frying pans, 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, tea pot, ash trays, ice cube trays. Biodegradable dish soap. Plastic deck chairs, large cooler for beverages and adult life jackets for passengers over 90lbs. If it's not on board, just ask us.
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?
Oven mitts for cooking on the bbq, tea towels, dish cloths, cleaning supplies, 1 ply or marine grade toilet paper (available for purchase on site), paper towels, bedding (sheets or sleeping bags), pillows, blankets, personal hygiene items, binoculars and a bird watching guide, telescope and a star gazing reference/book or chart, board games, cards, musical instruments, food and beverages…and anything else you need to make you feel comfortable and at home.
HOW DO WE HAVE A “GREEN HOLIDAY”?
Since we are just borrowing the earth from future generations, try to make your holiday 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), and use biodegradable soaps where possible…check the ingredients and the symbols.
Happy Days House Boats is a member of Boating Ontario and has been independently evaluated and rated for it's eco-efficiency performance and has made a significant commitment to environmental improvement. Happy Days House Boats will promote clean marine practices at all times and agrees to always show repect for the environment and for the fish, birds and animals and all other creatures that share it with us.