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Houseboats

Enjoy the winning combination of adventure, relaxation and affordable luxury on one of Canada’s most beautiful lakes aboard a luxurious fully-equipped 44-foot Three Buoys houseboat. Anchor in secluded mainland coves or beside uninhabited islands, or visit isolated beaches such as Sand Point or Ferguson Bay. Your “home on the water” incorporates the latest in marine design and safety to offer you comfort, privacy and ease of operation. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from your own floating retreat. The perimeter of Lake Temagami and most of the 1400 islands are almost entirely crown land providing unlimited private anchorage locations.

Upon your arrival, your ‘captain’ will be given a houseboat orientation. This will consist of familiarization with the lake (assisted by the map provided) and hands-on instruction in driving the houseboat. The features of the houseboat will be explained including the operation of the depth sounders. You will also be shown how to anchor and de/anchor the houseboat. We recommend that you bring along your own fishing boat and motor or canoe to tow behind (we also provide rentals). On board are 10 adult life jackets, but if you are traveling with small children you will need to bring jackets for them.

Each houseboat can sleep up to 10 people – captain’s room, penthouse room, 2 foldout sofas that make into beds, and the dinette area with custom made cushions provides the fifth double bed. You will need to bring your own bedding (but pillows and pillow cases are provided). Most people find sleeping bags work best. The kitchen has a full-sized RV-type fridge, a four-burner stove, eye level oven, double stainless steel sinks and lots of cupboards. The kitchen is fully-equipped with dishes, pots and pans, cutlery etc. The 3-piece bathroom with bathtub/shower, vanity sink, and flush toilet is centrally located in the houseboat. A propane gas barbecue can be found at the bow deck. A swim platform and a water-slide are at the stern deck, as well as the stairs to the upper deck.

Houseboat Diagram

Click to enlarge houseboat layout

The ‘captain’ of the boat can drive from the inside helm or from the upper command bridge. Also provided on the upper deck are 8 deck chairs and 2 lounge chairs.

Many upgrades have been made to our houseboats. We have added a cage around the out-drive to protect it from any damage that may occur as the result of hitting a rock in the lake. Also, depth sounders are included which assist in navigation with the added benefit of providing a ‘fish finder’. We also provide a map of the lake with each rental. An environmental upgrade has been added to retain the waste water, which prevents it from being discharged into the lake.

Safety features include

  • aluminum cage to protect outdrive
  • depth sounders for navigation.

Environmental conversion

No waste water is discharged into the lake.

Special note: The perimeter of Lake Temagami and most of the 1400 islands are almost entirely crown land providing unlimited private anchorage locations.

We are centrally located in the hub of Lake Temagami allowing easy access to all ‘arms’ of Lake Temagami. Load your supplies onto the houseboat right out of your vehicles.

What is Included

This list has been created to help you with your packing – to ensure you bring the essentials and to help avoid bringing something you don’t need. Use it as a guideline; everyone has different needs. Email us or give us a call if you have any questions about anything on the list or not on the list.

Below is what is supplied in our houseboats.

Features of Suncruiser Executive

  • Safety railings throughout
  • Private stateroom
  • Dinette – Seats 8-10
  • Fully equipped kitchen – (8 cubic foot propane operated fridge/freezer, 4 burner stove and oven)
  • Fuel efficient (inboard/outboard power) 120 HP Mercruiser motor with electric start complete with commercial lower unit
  • Penthouse suite
  • Command bridge (drive from top and bottom)
  • Propane barbecue
  • 4 piece bathroom (vanity, flush toilet, shower/tub)
  • 500 square foot sundeck
  • Waterslide
  • Swim platform and ladder
  • Wet bar sink
  • Propane heated water heater providing hot water
  • Custom built couches / double beds
  • Monitored VHF radio
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Sliding glass doors and screens
  • Forced air furnace
  • Wardrobe closet
  • Privacy curtains covering all doors and windows
  • Waste and grey water holding tank

Houseboat Accessories and Supplies

All of our Three Buoys houseboats have the following accessories:

  • Mooring lines and anchors (front and rear)
  • Large life buoy
  • Dishes and cutlery for 10
  • Cooking utensils including full set of pots and pans
  • 10 adult life preserver jackets
  • Reserve of drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguishers (3)
  • Large cooler
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bags
  • Depth sounders / fish finders on upper and lower decks
  • Propane (for heat and barbecue)
  • Waterway navigational map
  • Fly swatter
  • Sun deck chairs (8) and loungers (2)
  • Dish soap, dish cloths, dish towels
  • 10 pillows and cases
  • TV/DVD (bring your movies)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Window screens throughout
  • Coffee pot (the type that goes on the stove – you don’t need filters)
  • 12 volt battery plug-in at the front of the boat – note that this is the only source of electrical power you have; there is no household-type electrical power

You need to bring

Food and drinks
Bedding (we provide pillows and pillow cases)
Toiletries for bathroom (soap, shampoo, towels, wash cloths)

You may want to bring

DVD movies

We sell ice and fishing worms here, if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do I require a Boating License?

Everyone regardless of age or type of powered recreational vessel operated will need a license. For our boat renters, we can issue you a temporary boating licence that is valid for your stay here.

2) How Do you Assist with Navigation?

We supply a Lake Temagami navigational map with each houseboat.
There are depth sounders on board to help you avoid any rocks or shallow areas.

3) What Communication Devices are on your Boats?

We have VHF radios on each houseboat to communicate to us at the base camp (if you have any problems or questions).

4) How Can I Communicate Back Home?

Cell phone service is very unreliable on the lake. Please enjoy your vacation off the grid and untethered from the office. You’re here to relax.

Please advise anyone who may wish to contact you while you’re here that the only way of reaching you is by them calling our business line and then us calling you on a VHF radio; they will not be able to speak with you directly.  So advise your family and/or friends to only call our business line in case of an emergency (and we will do our best to get a message to you).

5) Do Your Boats Have Power/Electricity:

We have added a small electrical system to the houseboat (with the use of an inverter), which can supply 400 watts. This will give the houseboaters some electrical power. Please note, any appliances that generate heat (e.g. hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers, toasters, etc.) will NOT work.

  • There is also a 12 volt battery plug-in at the front of the boat
  • The lights on the houseboat are run off the battery of the engine
  • The heat, fridge and stove are supplied by propane tanks
  • The barbecue has its own propane tank

6) Are Pets Allowed at Canusa?

We are sorry, we have a no pets policy

7) How Can I Listen to Music on Your Houseboats?

We have added a small stereo system that can play CD’s. Note that this is installed on the lower deck, so if you want music on the upper deck, you will still need to bring your own portable music system (radios, CD players, MP3 players etc.) Don’t forget batteries.

8) How Can I Watch TV on Your Houseboats?

We have replaced the TV/VCR players with TV/DVD players. Note that the TV by itself has no reception. The TV is hard-wired to a 12-volt plug-in so it is not portable.

9) How Can We Store Our Food?

There is an 8 cubic foot fridge with a freezer section. We supply a large cooler on board. Most people use this for their drinks. Note that we sell ice here (blocks and cubes). The size of the oven is maximum of 14″ wide and 8.5″ high or maximum of 16″ wide and 6.5″ high. There is an oven light inside that you have to consider (that’s why 2 sizes are listed).

10) How Much Drinking Water Do You Supply?

We supply 38 litres (10 U.S. gallons) of fresh water (chlorinated) on board.

11) How Can I use Fishing Boats or Canoes?

We recommend that you bring or rent a small fishing boat or canoe to town behind the houseboat. We rent boats and canoes here. Let us know if you would like to reserve either one.

12) What Are Your Food Shopping Suggestions?

Regarding groceries and meal planning, we have a 4-burner stove, an oven, a microwave, a full-sized fridge with freezer compartment, and a barbecue outside the door. You can do your grocery shopping at home and pick up any perishable items in the town of Temagami at Our Daily Bread grocery store or, in North Bay at Sobey’s right off Highway 11 (about 60 miles before you get to us), or you can do all of your grocery shopping there. For a few items that you may forget, you can go to Boatline Bay Marine (about 2 miles from here by boat), or to Loon Lodge (about 1/2 mile by boat). There is a snack bar / “fast food” restaurant as well at Loon Lodge (open in the summer), and there are also a few restaurants in town.