ABOUT TWIN ANCHORS

OUR HISTORY

Twin Anchors Houseboats was a pioneer in the houseboat industry, becoming the first commercial houseboat operator in Western Canada in 1964. Twin Anchors operate a marina in Old Town Bay with a combined fleet of more than 100 houseboats. Every houseboat in our fleet is designed and manufactured from the hull up at our Sicamous manufacturing plant to ensure quality construction and meticulous attention to detail.

Custom-built CruiseCrafts are highly sought after and we’ve earned the distinction of being the manufacturer of choice for 18 houseboat rental marinas throughout North America.

Learn more about our manufacturing facilities!

YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!

A houseboat vacation with Twin Anchors is like no other. Shuswap Lake – Canada’s houseboating paradise – is wild and rugged. Home to pristine, sandy beaches, towering waterfalls, and warm, clear water. The wildlife abounds in the area’s easily accessible 30 marine parks. And while the scenery may be rugged, your accommodation aboard a Twin Anchors’ houseboat certainly isn’t. Twin Anchors is known for exceptional service, attention to detail and luxurious houseboats.

NO PREVIOUS SKIPPER EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

On arrival we take you through a brief but comprehensive orientation and prepare you to ply the alluring waters of the Shuswap Lakes like a pro! All you need to bring are groceries, beverages, clothing and bedding. All Twin Anchors houseboats are equipped with cooking and eating utensils, cleaning equipment, marine toilet tissue and biodegradable soap – plus a few essential creature comforts like hot tubs and fireplaces.

TWIN ANCHORS HOUSEBOAT FEATURES

  • Hot tub and fireplace *
  • Upper command bridge
  • Propane fridge, range, hot water tank and furnace
  • Shower, sink and toilet
  • Swim ladder and sundeck
  • Kitchen utensils and BBQ tools
  • First aid kit and life jackets
  • Propane BBQ
  • VHF radio
  • Fuel-efficient Mercury stern drive
  • Rear stateroom(s) *
  • Rear deck shower
  • 100 gallons of fresh water
  • Remote fuel station (the only houseboats on the lake with this feature!) *
  • Waterslide

* All houseboats except The Cruiser

OLD TOWN BAY MARINA

  • Direct access to Shuswap Lake! No train bridges!
  • Parking for all types of vehicles
  • Boat launch
  • Complimentary porter service
  • Gift and souvenir shop
  • Ice and firewood
  • Friendly, courteous crew

Learn more about Old Town Bay Marina! 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE MARINA

ARRIVING FROM THE WEST
VANCOUVER TO SICAMOUS – estimated driving time 5 HOURS, 10 MINUTES

  • Go East on TRANS CANADA HWY. 1 to COQUIHALLA HWY. 5; 137 km / 85 miles
  • Go Northeast on COQUIHALLA HWY. 5 towards Kamloops, BC to TRANS CANADA HWY. 1; 164 km / 102 miles
  • Go East on TRANS CANADA HWY. 1 to Sicamous; 128 km / 80 miles
HOUSEBOAT GUEST /MARINA PARKING:

Turn LEFT off the TRANS CANADA HWY. 1 onto SICAMOUS-SOLSQUA RD. Follow to across railway tracks. Turn LEFT onto OLD TOWN RD. and follow 50 metres to the Twin Anchors Guest Parking Lot.

ARRIVING FROM THE EAST
CALGARY TO SICAMOUS – estimated driving time 5 HOURS, 20 MINUTES

  • Go West on TRANS CANADA HWY. 1 to SICAMOUS; 464 km / 288 miles
HOUSEBOAT GUEST /MARINA PARKING:

Turn RIGHT off the TRANS CANADA HWY. 1 onto SICAMOUS-SOLSQUA RD. Follow to across railway tracks. Turn LEFT onto OLD TOWN RD. and follow 50 metres to the Twin Anchors Guest Parking Lot.

OLD TOWN BAY MARINA: Follow OLD TOWN RD. to the end.

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It’s almost the long weekend!🎉🎉 and the boats are ready for the weekend and the rest of the summer!🤘☀️ with good weather this weekend we hope everyone has a great May Long houseboating and enjoying the lake!🏖

If you are not headed on a houseboat this May Long... Old Town Bay Marina is the place to start your Shuswap experience!🚤 with fuel, Bulldog Boat Rentals, a boat launch, parking, ice, wood, snacks and drinks! They have everything you need to enjoy the lake!

Feeling like you are missing out or wanting a adventure?

Head over to twinanchors.com and look at our live booking feature for dates in the summer or call our office at 1-800-663-4026 to capture one of the final sailings available of the summer!🏖☀️
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It’s almost the long weekend!🎉🎉 and the boats are ready for the weekend and the rest of the summer!🤘☀️ with good weather this weekend we hope everyone has a great May Long houseboating and enjoying the lake!🏖 

If you are not headed on a houseboat this May Long... Old Town Bay Marina is the place to start your Shuswap experience!🚤 with fuel, Bulldog Boat Rentals, a boat launch, parking, ice, wood, snacks and drinks! They have everything you need to enjoy the lake!

Feeling like you are missing out or wanting a adventure? 

Head over to twinanchors.com and look at our live booking feature for dates in the summer or call our office at 1-800-663-4026 to capture one of the final sailings available of the summer!🏖☀️

Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations is holding a virtual career fair for this upcoming season! Send an email to janette@twinanchors.com with your resume and be contacted for a virtual interview!

Don’t miss your opportunity to work on the beautiful Shuswap lake!🏔

Also check out our job postings by clicking on our facebook page or our website twinanchors.com/employment/.
We are looking forward to hear from all applicants!👍
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Our local Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue team works extremely hard to keep everyone safe out on the lake. Below they are doing training exercises onboard multiple Twin Anchors houseboats recovering patients from different areas of the houseboat. With their hard work and training it helps keep the Shuswap lake safe!

Everyone stay safe out and enjoy the lake this summer!🏖
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Our local Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue team works extremely hard to keep everyone safe out on the lake. Below they are doing training exercises onboard multiple Twin Anchors houseboats recovering patients from different areas of the houseboat. With their hard work and training it helps keep the Shuswap lake safe! 

Everyone stay safe out and enjoy the lake this summer!🏖

Currently all houseboaters at Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations go through a safety orientation and the Rental Boat Safety Checklist (RBSC), which shows them how to operate the houseboat, drive the houseboat, safety features and hazards of boating.🚤 This allows customers the ability to ask questions and get to know their boat before leaving dock in order to get the most of their houseboating adventure safely!🏖

Under current legislation this safety orientation, Rental Boat Safety Checklist (RBSC), paperwork and our registration process acts as a temporary boaters license for the houseboat for the duration of the trip. Currently, the government and Transport Canada are looking towards changing this legislation and requiring all renters for all rental watercraft to have a boaters license.

Below is a link to a petition.🖊

petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3334

This petition is important to Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations and many other boat rental companies in Sicamous and Canada. The proposed changes to the current legislation of boat rental companies on a federal level require anyone renting a watercraft of any size to have a boaters license. This will be an extra step all renters will be required to take before being able to enjoy any of the rentals Twin Anchors has or any other companies have to offer. This will also cost people extra as they will be required to pay for the boaters license and complete the course/tests (minimum of 3 hrs) before being able to rent. Not only will this legislation affect rental companies in every aspect, but it will make it harder for customers to rent houseboats and other watercrafts. Boat rental companies and Twin Anchors Houseboats need your signatures and support, so that we can continue to operate under the RBSC and make it easy to provide people with amazing adventures and get people out enjoying the water as much as possible!

Please share this petition to assist all rental companies and show your support for other small businesses. Thank you for your support!😄

petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3334
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Currently all houseboaters at Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations go through a safety orientation and the Rental Boat Safety Checklist (RBSC), which shows them how to operate the houseboat, drive the houseboat, safety features and hazards of boating.🚤 This allows customers the ability to ask questions and get to know their boat before leaving dock in order to get the most of their houseboating adventure safely!🏖

Under current legislation this safety orientation, Rental Boat Safety Checklist (RBSC), paperwork and our registration process acts as a temporary boaters license for the houseboat for the duration of the trip. Currently, the government and Transport Canada are looking towards changing this legislation and requiring all renters for all rental watercraft to have a boaters license. 

Below is a link to a petition.🖊

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3334

This petition is important to Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations and many other boat rental companies in Sicamous and Canada. The proposed changes to the current legislation of boat rental companies on a federal level require anyone renting a watercraft of any size to have a boaters license. This will be an extra step all renters will be required to take before being able to enjoy any of the rentals Twin Anchors has or any other companies have to offer. This will also cost people extra as they will be required to pay for the boaters license and complete the course/tests (minimum of 3 hrs) before being able to rent. Not only will this legislation affect rental companies in every aspect, but it will make it harder for customers to rent houseboats and other watercrafts. Boat rental companies and Twin Anchors Houseboats need your signatures and support, so that we can continue to operate under the RBSC and make it easy to provide people with amazing adventures and get people out enjoying the water as much as possible!

Please share this petition to assist all rental companies and show your support for other small businesses. Thank you for your support!😄

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3334

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Do you have a petition on site to sign? Or just the online petition

I agree with having a boating license. You don't learn enough in the orientation. These boats are hard to maneuver in the river as well as to dock at the store, etc. Also, there are idiots out there that still pass the orientation and still cant drive and dock/beach properly. I think you guys are just worried about losing profits due to people not wanting to bother getting a Boating License and therefore rent a houseboat.

The boaters license I have taken does not give you any hands on with steering a boat, or how to dock etc.

Shyla Lynn Schmalzbauer

They should change the boating course as it really teaches you nothing about how to operate a boat. It is not practical for your average pleasure craft operator.

Forget the boating license, how about fast tracking repeat captains that have taken the orientation and rented the houseboats about 20+ times?

I agree houseboat renters should have to have a boating license for boating etiquette and the safety of everyone on the water and and an orientation to learn how to operate the boat properly, two completely different things. And maybe clamp down on the consumption of alcohol on house boats while they are in transit. I have seen some so drunk on houseboats they can barely stand up when we’ve out on the water, doesn’t matter if its a passenger or operator the law is no alcohol until it is anchored or moored; it’s no different than with a motor vehicle but it is never enforced of course.

What’s your policy on out of province renters right now?

Signed

I figure getting a proper licence first is quite important. A quick and hasty orientation by a summer student does not do the job in my opinion. And, yes, I am a boater and I do have my licence.

Cecile

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LOCAL’S SAILING DISCOUNT!!🎉

Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations is offering a $500 locals discount on CCII’s for May ONLY!🏖 This discount only applies to new bookings. With limited availability in May these boats will book up FAST!⏳ Save an extra $500 on our already lowest prices of the year!🤑 Sleeping up to 15 people, with a hot tub, fireplace, sun deck, dual fridges, slide, upstairs bar top it is perfect boat for any family! With 3, 4, and 7 night trips to explore the lake there is plenty of time to see all the waterfalls, lots of beaches, and plenty of relaxing time!⛱

Call our office at 250-836-2450📲 if you have questions and to book your sailing with the discount!

Or, check out the CCII’s pictures, prices, descriptions on our website twinanchors.com!

DON’T MISS your chance to get a discount on a vacation this year!!🏖

*DISCOUNT ONLY APPLIES TO 3, 4, or 7 NIGHT Sailings, CCII ONLY, MAY BOOKINGS*
*New bookings only*
*Cannot be applied to any other boats or bookings*
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LOCAL’S SAILING DISCOUNT!!🎉 

Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations is offering a $500 locals discount on CCII’s for May ONLY!🏖 This discount only applies to new bookings. With limited availability in May these boats will book up FAST!⏳ Save an extra $500 on our already lowest prices of the year!🤑 Sleeping up to 15 people, with a hot tub, fireplace, sun deck, dual fridges, slide, upstairs bar top it is perfect boat for any family! With 3, 4, and 7 night trips to explore the lake there is plenty of time to see all the waterfalls, lots of beaches, and plenty of relaxing time!⛱

Call our office at 250-836-2450📲 if you have questions and to book your sailing with the discount!

Or, check out the CCII’s pictures, prices, descriptions on our website twinanchors.com!

DON’T MISS your chance to get a discount on a vacation this year!!🏖

*DISCOUNT ONLY APPLIES TO 3, 4, or 7 NIGHT Sailings, CCII ONLY, MAY BOOKINGS*
*New bookings only*
*Cannot be applied to any other boats or bookings*

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Ryan man this would be a fun change up for the yearly adventure lol

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