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Houseboat Holidays - Private Day Charters
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Sightseeing in the 1000 Islands, offering visitors tailor-made tours and a chance to see what you can't see from the tour boats. Choose your own points of interest or let our experienced captain take you to their favorite spots. You can even stop...more
Gananoque, Ontario K7G 2V5, Canada
+1 613-382-2842
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

We were very happy with the Boat, Dock Crew, and Owners. Go for it. Great to have a hot shower. Will be doing it again.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank william p
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

From start to finish the entire experience was seamless. This operation has 40 years of experience here and it shows. Orientation was efficient and straightforward. Everything on the boat worked as promised. Engine always started immediately, as did the BBQ (both very, very important haha)....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kruzeagain
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is an awesome experience in a very beautiful place. This was our fourth time and it did not disappoint. I had no problem with the fuel charge at the end BUT they and other merchants will take advantage of the exchange rate. The US...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alan R
Reviewed July 26, 2018

I warn people to ask about how and how much they will be charged for refueling when the bring the boat back. Ask for the price PER LITER before you leave so you can make an educated decision on where to get gas before you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank cleysenfrank
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Our small family of 3 had an awesome week on the islands in a blue houseboat! The boat is essentially a camper on pontoons not a luxury liner. We spent a couple of days in Clayton but otherwise found secluded coves to dock for the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank deyRock
Reviewed July 19, 2018

We had the most magical three days on a houseboat with Houseboat Holidays. The staff were incredible, kind, attentive to details and friendly. From start to finish they made the experience even more positive. The weather was extremely hot, but the houseboat stayed cool, and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karen Z
Reviewed July 16, 2018

I had a blue boat for 3 nights. With 8 people, we didn't have enough beds so I pitched a tent on the roof for 2 kids. The boats are simple and getting old and guzzle gas, but they do the trick and everything works...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Chris M
Reviewed August 3, 2017

I rented the Big Blue houseboat in July- we had two families with a total of 7 people. The experience was fantastic! I have been wanting to rent a houseboat for years, and this year we were able to do it. The Big Blue is...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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William L, Public Relations Manager at Houseboat Holidays - Private Day Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2017

Thanks for your detailed review and kind words. Yes, we would have been out right away on the dead battery issue but you managed it like true boaters. ;-) Hope to see you next year. Or next month! September is a fantastic time to be...More

Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

Four of us rented a houseboat for one week in July. This was our third summer renting a red houseboat (that sleeps 6) We recommend Houseboat Holidays for a terrific vacation experience . The boat is equipped with bedding , kitchen, outdoor grill etc. Once...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Brenda J
William L, Public Relations Manager at Houseboat Holidays - Private Day Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review and for the kind words. We're glad to have you come back and I know the allure. Although now I help with marketing and public relations, I began as a customer going out every year since 1996....More

Reviewed October 17, 2016

This was an amazing vacation. Houseboat Holidays has nice equipment - 34 and 46 ft houseboats - for rent by the weekend or week. We rented the smaller "Red" boat for the first time. Instruction was provided and a good map of the cruising area....More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Kay M
William L, Public Relations Manager at Houseboat Holidays - Private Day Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2016

Really glad you enjoyed yourself and your review should be a great guide for someone looking to share the experience. You are correct about the Navionics app: well worth it. Thank you for the great review. See you next time.

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June 16, 2018|
Response from William L | Property representative |
There is an inverter on board but it is good only for recharging smartphones, laptops etc. I think a crockpot would draw too much power.
January 20, 2018|
Response from William L | Property representative |
Hi, The Thousand Islands is home to Canada's National Park, (Thousand Islands National Park) and there are many islands in the park worth exploring where you can also dock or moor for the night. Camelot is a beautiful island... More
Kristen V
February 27, 2016|
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Response from William L | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry I missed seeing this question. DHelyar is right. The other thing about saving on gas is your power settings. At full throttle, you're trading gas for noise. In other words, at full throttle the boat doesn't go much... More