With Kenora's only houseboat operator
Erin Rody
By Erin Rody

Staff Writer for Ontario's Sunset Country

Last Updated: February 11, 2020

Houseboat Adventures: It's All About the Fun!

Lake of the Woods, with its 14,522 islands, is one of the most spectacular lakes in Canada. One of the best ways to see the lake is by houseboat. Houseboat Adventures Inc. is located in beautiful Kenora, Ontario, Canada.

Imagine this: You gather with your friends and family aboard one of 4 sizes of houseboats and head out to explore famous Lake of the Woods. You’ll cruise the crystal, clear lake during the day, and pull up to a secluded beach to moor for the night. Enjoy dinner, perhaps watch some northern lights from the top of the houseboat and then fall asleep to the loons calling about while the waves softly lull you to sleep. 

Houseboats aren’t for a quick rip around the lake. You’ll cruise slowly taking in the beauty of the area. The 'captain' can take the helm inside or, for an even better view, on the upper deck. Other party members, can help navigate, relax on the top deck and enjoy the views, or even make lunch. You choose whether to stay in one location your whole trip or to cruise around and pick a different location to moor each night. 

Heading to Scotty's Beach to moor for the day


Houseboat rentals are perfect for a family vacation. Houseboat Adventures’ slogan, “It’s All About the Fun”, is perfect for what they offer. All their houseboats have waterslides, an added bonus that even the “big kids” will love. Bring a tube or water-skis for some afternoon or evening fun. Play at the beach, swim in the lake or fish off the end of the houseboat. 

At night, roast some marshmallows over a campfire. After so much fun and fresh air, everyone will have a fantastic sleep!

Enjoying the waterslide on the houseboat


Do you want to fish more and drive less to your fishing hole? With Lake of the Woods being so huge, you can park your houseboat in the area that you want to fish. Lake of the Woods has fantastic walleye, northern pike, muskie, bass, lake trout, crappie and perch fishing. 


Houseboat Adventures has a wide selection of houseboats to fit your needs. Their superb houseboats sleep from 2-16 people. Whether you are a couple looking for a getaway, a few families getting together, reunions, special birthday celebrations, or a bunch of guys on a fishing trip, they have a houseboat for you. 

Interior of the 68' houseboat rental

The largest houseboat is the 68 footer. This boat is simply beautiful. There are two bathrooms, sleeping for up to 16 people, flat-screen TV, and a full kitchen. Outside, you have a BBQ, waterslide, swim platform and ladder, upper sundeck, fish cleaning station and outdoor food prep area.

The next size is the 58' houseboat. Similar in amenities to the 68’ houseboat, the 58’ sleeps up to 14 people. It also offers a sun canopy on the large upper-level deck for those wanting shade as well as a large full-size kitchen. 

The 49’ houseboat rental sleeps 12 guests. Amenities are similar to the 58’ houseboat. It has a new fully equipped IKEA kitchen, full-sized fridge, stove as well as a canopy on the deck.

The 44’ houseboats are more economical for a smaller party. Eight guests are recommended, but it will sleep 10. These houseboats have one bathroom, a variety of beds, and full kitchens. Outside, you can soak up the sun on the upper deck, go down the waterslide using the swim platform and ladder to get back on the boat, BBQ or fish off the boat. 

Navigating the houseboat

The houseboats are fully equipped so packing is easy. See what all is supplied here. All you need to bring is food, beverages, beach towels, personal & fishing gear and a crew of people ready to have a fun-filled vacation! 

Did You Know...

  • Houseboat Adventures is the only houseboat operator running out of Kenora
  • You can stay in the same spot each night or moor in a different place each night.
  • Lake of the Woods is approximately 65 miles long and 45 miles wide with 1000s of miles of shoreline
Over 14,500 islands await you!


Houseboat Adventures Inc. offers a variety of rentals. You can choose from Weekly (7 days and 7 nights), Weekend ( 3 days, 3 nights), Long Weekend (4 days and 4 nights) or Midweek (4 days, 4 nights). Click here to see a layout of each houseboat.

Additional charges for other rentals such as 16’ Lund boat, motors, and portable fish finders. Fuel is also extra. See the rate sheet for more information.


Jeff and Lorelie Gordon are long-time owners of Houseboat Adventures Inc. and bring almost 40 years of experience. They will be happy to help you plan your trip of a lifetime to Lake of the Woods. 

Make sure you book in advance so the houseboat that fits your needs will be available for the time you want to book. 

Contact Houseboat Adventures:

Phone: 1-800-2KENORA (1-800-253-6672)

Follow Houseboat Adventures on Social Media:

Instagram: @houseboat_adventures


Houseboat Adventures is conveniently located right at the docks at the end of Main Street in Kenora. The base is located about 200 kms (122 miles) east of Winnipeg if you are coming from the west or flying into Winnipeg. If you are driving from the United States, Kenora is just 135 miles north of the U.S./Canada border in International Falls, MN.