Summer has come and (mostly) gone. It was a wonderful season on the Shuswap: a lot of great weather, no forest fires and the smoke that accompanies them, few storms on the lake and even the campfire ban was very limited.
Not surprisingly, it was also our most successful season to date, with a lot of happy clients who took home many wonderful memories. It’s hard to beat a houseboat vacation on the Shuswap!! Especially when the weather is so favourable.
September is still a great month for house-boating. Although we have had many inquiries for September, the month’s schedule remains mostly free. You can likely still book a last-minute September vacation, if you can squeeze it into your schedule.
We already have some bookings and many inquiries for 2020. For now, we are holding the 2020 prices to 2019 levels. After the season ends (about mid-October), we will re-evaluate the whole pricing structure; some prices are expected to increase.
For 2020, High season will run from July 3 – Aug 17; mid-season will run from June 5 to July 2 and August 18 to Labour Day (Sept 7); and low season will run before June 4 and after Labour Day.
If you considered a houseboat trip in 2019 but just couldn’t quite make it happen, or if you got your booked trip with another company cancelled, maybe it’s time to start planning your 2020 vacation on the Remote Escape.
Do you need a boating license to sail a houseboat?
That was the question I was asked several times this summer. “Of course,” I said. You need your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. They said they hadn’t needed it on a previous rental with one of the large companies. So I checked into it.
It turns out that a couple of the very large companies had made a deal with Transport Canada that, due to their extensive orientation and training program, which included all the same materials that Transport Canada tests you on, they were given an exemption to temporarily license their clients who took their orientation. So, that exemption was unique to those operators.
We do a quite extensive orientation, as well, but it is mostly about the boat, its operation and the Lake, itself. We do not teach marine regulations and navigation, so you need to have your Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Even so, the orientation usually takes 60-90 minutes before you are free to depart.
For those who have already house-boated, do you have great photos from your trip? We’re always looking to build our photo bank so that we don’t have to repeat the same photos on social media and in our marketing materials. So, we invite you to submit any great photos you have from your time house-boating. The top three photos will be awarded discounts on future houseboat bookings and acknowledged on social media. Email your photos to info@nullRemoteEscapeVacations.com. Please note that, by submitting a photo for the contest, you are giving Remote Escape Vacations permission to use the photo in their marketing, whether or not it is a winner.
Remote Escape specs and features
Dimensions: 60 ft x 16 ft
Sleeps: max. 18
Spacious living area
3 state rooms with queen beds