The houseboat season is fast approaching, and we are preparing to make it the best houseboat season ever! Already, we have more nights booked for 2020 than we had for any of the past four entire seasons!
The Remote Escape was left in the water this winter, with a temporary roof constructed to shed the snow. But the heavy snow this winter meant some shovelling was still needed. It has been well looked after by the locals. Additionally, I took a trip up to Sicamous in January, to inspect the boat and do some shovelling myself, and was pleased with how well it had withstood this harsh winter.
De-winterization is scheduled for mid-April, after which the boat will be serviced and maintenance done to ready it for the season starting on Mothers’ Day weekend, May 9, 10. Some upgrades are being done over winter and will be reflected in an improved version of the boat this season.
The Last Few Days of Summer
As mentioned houseboat rentals have been brisk and we are quickly filling up. In fact, there are only a few days left in the mid-summer (high) season. Those dates are July 15,16 and July 20–24. Otherwise the boat is fully booked from June 26 through August 25. There is still a lot of availability outside those dates, though, and the prices are lower in mid and low seasons. Mid-season is from June12 – July 2 and Aug 17 – Sept 7; outside of that, is Low Season.
Here are some available packages (at time of writing);
Note: all packages start at 1pm on the first day and end at 10am on the last day.
The best beaches on Shuswap Lake
With the many superb beaches on Shuswap Lake, we’re often asked: Where’s the best beach to go to?
The answer is: “It depends.” Because it really does depend on the situation. Turtle Bay on Mara Lake is a great place to spend your first night. It is close by, is extremely sheltered from any storms, and doesn’t require you to navigate the Sicamous Channel and the bridges to get into Shuswap Lake. It’s safest to practice driving the boat before you take on these challenges, and Mara Lake and its Turtle Bay beaches provide this opportunity. Additionally, the old rail bed along shore offers an excellent walking trail for your morning exercise.
Up Shuswap Lake, on the Salmon Arm, it may depend on whether you want to watch the sunset or the sunrise. The east side of the arm has great beaches at Hungry Cove and Marble Point. The latter, one of the best sandy beaches on the entire lake is great for swimming, paddle-boarding, or just relaxing away from it all, and has a nice lake-shore trail, but also tends to be a little more exposed to dangerous storms. On the west side of the Salmon Arm, Tillis Beach is one of the best.
Towards the City of Salmon Arm, there are some beautiful beaches along the north shore, including Paradise Point, where you can hike up to Margaret Falls. But you need to stay away from the Provincial Park. Additionally, you need to be aware that you will hear trains along the south shore throughout the night.
If you want to venture further, up the Anstey Arm, Four Mile Creek offers stunning views of the lake, isolation from the crowds, and a sparkling creek amid dense forest. Be aware though, that the end of Anstey Arm has shallows that may ground your boat and also is exposed to storms.
Up the Seymour Arm, Steamboat Bay offers a great beach and place to moor your boat for the hike you won’t want to miss, the stunning series of cascades known as Albas Falls. Across the Arm, Horseshoe Bay offers a nice beaching area, along with services you might want. Nielsen Beach, along the Seymour Arm but close to the Narrows is a popular party beach but off limits to houseboat renters, a restriction enforced by all houseboat rental companies. On the opposite shore, Woods Landing offers a great beach to stay at.
The Shuswap Lake Arm is mostly off limits to houseboat mooring. However, houseboats can moor at Horseshoe Bay, a beautiful sheltered bay on the north shore of the Arm.
The Legend of the Shuswaggi
Like many reputable lakes, the Shuswap has its own legend of a sea monster, the Shuswaggi, or “water bear” in the Indigenous language. The monster, though rarely sighted, is described as an eel-like creature the moves along in vertical undulations. It has been speculated that the creature is a remnant Basilosaurus (meaning “king lizard”), an ancient creature that swam the earth 34 to 40 million years ago. Although that creature could grow up to 60 ft. long, purported sightings in the Shuswap have consistently been of 20-25 ft long creature, still almost twice the length of an orca.
Ancient tales report of the monster over-turning boats to get at the people inside. So, indigenous boaters would carry live chickens to feed the monster while they made a hurried escape.
Remote Escape’s insurance policy does not cover attacks by Shuswaggi’s, so guests are advised to bring live chickens with them (lol).
FAQ’s about house-boating on the Shuswap and about the Remote Escape
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