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Whoo hooo! You’ve reserved your houseboat vacation on Shuswap Lake. You’ve gotten commitments from your group and you’ve put a deposit down for your trip…now what? We get lots of questions from first time houseboaters on what to do to prepare in the weeks leading up to your vacation. Mostly questions about how to plan for our favourite thing…FOOD!

FOOD!

Most of the marine beaches on Shuswap Lake are undeveloped, meaning restaurants and grocery stores are not accessible by boat along the shoreline, so it is best to be prepared when you arrive at the marina.  There is a Sea Store and Restaurant at Cinnemousun Narrows that is accessible by boat if you forgot something!

The best way to prepare for this type of vacation is to make a list of everything that you might need while you’re out on the water, then compare it with our list of what’s already on board your houseboat.  Make sure to account for all ingredients you will need for cooking (including spices and condiments, down to salt and pepper.)

It might be easiest to have the food supplied to the group rather than having each couple or family provide a meal. Get together with someone from your group and try to plan meals that are tasty, filling, and require little cooking while on the houseboat. After all, who wants to be stuck in the kitchen on vacation? Also, prepare as much food as possible in advance to keep the cooking time and cooler packing to a minimum. For example, crack eggs ahead of time, scramble them up with salt and pepper in gallon size bags and freeze them. This eliminates space for bulky cartons, and the worry of breaking eggs while transporting them in a cooler. Pre-freezing them also helps cut down on the amount of ice you need for the cooler. Throw your frozen eggs on top of a few items and voila, built in ice blocks.

Simplicity is key. Some other quick meal ideas include: tin foil dinners, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken or steak, chili and baked potatoes, etc. The possibilities are endless! Who’s hungry?

Bring lots of extra coolers filled with ice for your beverages so all the food can fit in the refrigerators and freezers supplied on the boat.

THE OTHER STUFF!

  • Bedding & Pillows
  • Towels (ones for swimming and showering!)
  • Bath mat,  hand towels and wash cloths
  • First Aid Kit – with medication for bug bites, cuts and scrapes
  • Flash Lights
  • DVD’s for rainy days
  • Games and cards
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen and After-Sun for sunburns!
  • Coolers – lots and lots of coolers with ice!
  • Auxilliary cords for connecting personal devices to the music system
  • Paper towels, napkins, tin foil, plastic containers for leftovers
  • Cooking oil
  • Spices, salt & pepper
  • Fishing equipment and fishing licences for everyone planning to fish
  • Deck or beach chairs
  • Beach games
  • Plastic bottles and/or cans for the beach (NO GLASS BOTTLES OR CONTAINERS ON THE BEACHES PLEASE!)

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4 days ago
Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Make your 2023 summer vacation one to remember! Explore nature, hit the beach, dangle some bait, soak in the Shuswap and most importantly stay on a houseboat 😉

Find which Cruise Craft is right for your crew via our website and then book your dates before they’re gone! 🌲🏖️🔥🎣🛥️
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Make your 2023 summer vacation one to remember! Explore nature, hit the beach, dangle some bait, soak in the Shuswap and most importantly stay on a houseboat 😉 

Find which Cruise Craft is right for your crew via our website and then book your dates before they’re gone! 🌲🏖️🔥🎣🛥️

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I grew up in sicsmous ND been on a House boat few time was so much fun ..

Great trip out West!

2 weeks ago
Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

The Cruise Craft III is one of our most highly rented styles!
This cozy cabin sleeps 18 crew mates comfortably and has the perfect layout for a fun time! 🤩

Some of its features include:
2 Full Baths
Washer & Dryer
Fire Place
Air Conditioning
Hot Tub
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Head over to our website to tour the CCIII and discover all the other fine details!!

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The Cruise Craft III is one of our most highly rented styles! 
This cozy cabin sleeps 18 crew mates comfortably and has the perfect layout for a fun time! 🤩

Some of its features include: 
2 Full Baths 
Washer & Dryer
Fire Place 
Air Conditioning 
Hot Tub
Slide 

Head over to our website to tour the CCIII and discover all the other fine details!! 

#summer2023 #lakevacation #sicamous #beautifulbc #shuswaplake #houseboating #livemoreplaymore #explorebc #travelcanada #localtourism #supportsmallbusiness #boatingbc #lakeparadise #summergetaway #travel2023

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You should consider listing it on www.bookahouseboat.com 👌🏼

Everyone’s houseboat vacation is different🌅 with countless things to do, see and explore on the lake! With hundreds of guests every day during our season there is a lot of memories made! Plan your own vacation online at Twinanchors.com🏖 ... See MoreSee Less

Everyone’s houseboat vacation is different🌅 with countless things to do, see and explore on the lake! With hundreds of guests every day during our season there is a lot of memories made! Plan your own vacation online at Twinanchors.com🏖
4 weeks ago
Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

✨Updated Office Hours✨
For the month of November our office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 🕘9am - 3pm! 🕒
We will also be open this Thursday November 10th due to Remembrance Day.

Get in touch via our phone, website or email! We look forward to helping you plan your summer 2023 vacations!! 🛥☀️🏖

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✨Updated Office Hours✨ 
For the month of November our office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 🕘9am - 3pm! 🕒
We will also be open this Thursday November 10th due to Remembrance Day. 

Get in touch via our phone, website or email! We look forward to helping you plan your summer 2023 vacations!! 🛥☀️🏖

#summer2023 #bookvacation #canadatravel #explorecanada #lakevacation #exploresicamous #sicamousbc #boatrentals #britishcolumbia #shuswaplake
4 weeks ago
Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Did you know, to anchor our boats you actually have to stake down into shore?! 🏖⚓️
Every evening you pick a beach you like and set up camp! So you can float during the day and rest at the campfire each night! 🔥
Houseboating truly is a beach getaway!! Book your 2023 summer vacation today!! ☀️
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Did you know, to anchor our boats you actually have to stake down into shore?! 🏖⚓️
Every evening you pick a beach you like and set up camp! So you can float during the day and rest at the campfire each night! 🔥
Houseboating truly is a beach getaway!! Book your 2023 summer vacation today!! ☀️

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FYI. If you go before the middle of July, these beaches are underwater. A little harder to find somewhere to beach but still a lot of fun to cruise around.

Make sure you stake it good! Otherwise if some stormy weather comes around you’ll have a sideways houseboat! Not fun!

One of the best vacations I’ve ever been on!!!

All I can say is hammer those pegs down as far as they say to do it. Lol.

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