Frequently Asked Questions
Why happy days?
We value your leisure time and we are boaters whenever we can get out on the water. We take great pleasure in sharing our 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. Our prices are an indication of the value and service you will be getting from our company and our houseboats have more on board features than other rentals on the Trent Severn Waterway. Extended service hours, great boats, excellent people and a perfect starting point to an awesome adventure await you!
Do I need a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card?
The Pleasure Craft Operator’s card is not required but is highly recommended and can be obtained on line. Happy Days Houseboats will issue a temporary boat license that is in accordance with Transport Canada licensing requirements and includes a dock side safety check list and on board training. Proof of operator competency must be demonstrated prior to departure from our dock.
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 hair dryer, flat iron, gourmet coffee maker, toaster, electric fry pan, koolatron, etc.? All house boats are equipped with an inverter system which has limited electrical capacity but will power breathing machines, laptops, a fan, cell phones and other low-wattage appliances. There is a 110V and 12V outlet on all houseboats.
Do you allow pets?
With approval from administration, some dogs have been permitted aboard. The fee is $25/day to a maximum of $100/week. Dogs are not permitted on the Luxury model.
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 1514. Logging and the fur trade were major industries back then and the railway ran through many small communities providing a link to industry and travel. 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 paddle board or just simply float. Plan to stargaze. 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 turn the technology off!
WTF…where's the 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, 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. 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.
How do we have a “green holiday”?
Since we are just borrowing the earth from future generations, 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), 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 eco-efficiency performance by our significant commitment to environmental improvement. Happy Days House Boats 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.
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.