R&R Houseboat Rentals

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What to Bring

Your Personal Items

1. Everything you want to eat and drink, drinking water, cooler
2. All bedding including sheets and pillows (all double beds)
3. All personal belongings and hygiene items
4. Everything for the bathroom except toilet paper
5. Dish soap, drying towels for the kitchen
6. Coarse grind coffee for the percolator
7. Bug spray and sunscreen, drying rack or rope for drying bathing suits, clothes pins, etc.
8. Entertainment (water toys, cards, fishing rods, hiking shoes, etc.)
9. Please bring alcoholic beverages in cans, plastic, or cardboard (wine)

Provided for You

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything for cooking and eating, kettle, cutting board, pots and pans.
There is a RV sized fridge/freezer, bbq and stove.
THERE IS NO OVEN.
There is a microwave on the 60’.

More Information

There is a 75W inverter for charging phones on the 40' and 44' boats.
There are no plugs on the 40' and 44' houseboats. Therefore, you can not use a hair dryer, fan, etc.
There are outlets in the bedrooms on the 60' boats and a built-in generator.

Attractions & Events

Trip Planner

  • Dining – There are lots of wonderful restaurants along the way
  • Shopping – Quaint little stores, antique shops, auction houses
  • Water – canoe, kayak, fishing, swimming (we rent Canoes)
  • The Arts – Academy Theatre, Lakeview Arts Barn. Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • History – Museums, Settlers Village, Ojibway Centre.
  • Spa Day – Spend the day pampering yourself at one of the many Spas and Salons
  • Outdoors –The Kawarthas are home to over 600 kms of trails that you can bike and hike on. There are many golf courses to choose from along the way or spend the day looking at the wildlife

Things To Do On Your Vacation

Check out these websites to find Special Events happening in towns along the way:

explorekawarthalakes.com

thekawarthas.ca

buckhorn.ca

thewaterway.ca

bobcaygeon.org

explorefenelonfalls.com

thetrentsevernwaterway.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Which boats have a flybridge?

A Flybridge allows you to drive your houseboat from the roof of the boat.
All our houseboats have a flybridge.

What is the deductible buydown?

Insurance is NOT included in the rental fee.  As the renter, you must give a $2500 pre-authorization damage deposit and you are responsible for all damages.  You may choose to lower the damage deposit to be responsible for up to and including $1000 at a cost of $25 per day. Some home owner’s policies cover you on your vacation. Please check with your insurance company.

Do you supply kid’s lifejackets?

We have some children’s Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) on site.
However, we would prefer you to bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Do you allow pets?

Dogs are welcome for a $75 Pet Fee.  Notification of a dog is a MUST.  Please note that all pets MUST BE CRATED while your boat is unattended. Crates are not supplied, so you are responsible to bring your own.

Do you offer ‘Early Boarding’?

We offer early boarding with our 4 day mid-week and 7 day rentals.  Early boarding is at 4pm on Mondays and Fridays.  There is a $75 early boarding charge and it must be pre-arranged with the office.  If there is still daylight, you are welcome to leave the dock that night.

Which soaps are bio-degradable?

Sunlight dish soap is bio-degradable.
Herbal Essence Shampoo and Conditioner are bio-degradable.
We do not sell soap.

How many people can sleep on each boat?

Boat rented must not exceed maximum capacity.
40′ – 10 adults;
44′ – 10 adults;
60’ – 16 adults.

How far can we get?

If you are vacationing for a week, you can easily go both ways and return – to Peterborough and Gamebridge (opening to Lake Simcoe). 
Absolutely no crossing Lake Simcoe in our houseboats. 
On a weekend or a mid-week vacation, this will depend on weather conditions and what time you head out. From our location on Pigeon Lake you are able to travel 5 lakes without going through the lock system: Pigeon Lake, Big Bald and Little Bald Lakes, Upper Buckhorn Lake and Chemong Lake.

How much can we expect to spend on gas?

The fuel consumption depends mostly on you – how fast you drive and for how long each day. Taking the increase in the price of fuel into consideration, you should allow about $10-$15 per hour of travel.

What is included in the rental fee?

The rental fee includes lock passes, propane, all of your safety equipment and water charts. The kitchen comes equipped with everything needed for cooking and eating. We also supply toilet paper and paper towels.

What is not included in the rental fee?

The rental fee does not include 13% HST tax, fuel, $40 pumpout (the septic tank on the boat), and any damage done. Additional fees may apply for overnight dockage if you choose to stay at certain locations.

What else do you rent?

We also rent canoes, kayaks, SUP, tubes and lily pads. We also offer jetski and pontoon boat rentals.

Do I require a boat license?

No, to rent with us, the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card is not required at this time. However, you must be at least 25 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. Upon completion of the orientation training, we will issue a temporary license that is in accordance with the Coast Guard requirements. This license is only valid during the rental agreement period with R&R Houseboat Rentals.

Do I need a fishing license?

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 needs to obtain a fishing license. They are available at many locations on the water.
FISHING SEASON Opens:
2nd Saturday in May – Walleye/Pickerel
1st Saturday in June – Muskie
3rd Saturday in June – Large and Smallmouth Bass
4th Saturday in April – Trout

See Ontario Fishing Regulation Summary Zone 17 for slot size and limits. 
https://www.ontario.ca/page/fisheries-management-zone-17-fmz-17

Can we travel on Lake Simcoe?

We do not allow our houseboats to travel on Lake Simcoe. It is such a large body of water, the waves can get over 6 ft high. The houseboats were not designed to travel in that size of wave.

Do cell phones work on the water?

Yes, however it is like anywhere else – it depends on who your carrier is. The best ones for our area are Bell and Rogers. Most U.S. carriers have an arrangement with Canadian carriers to pick up your service in this area.

Emergency 911 also works in our area.

How big is the refrigerator?

Each refrigerator has a freezer. The 40′ and 44′ have a 7.5 cu. ft. fridge.

Where can we stay at night?

You can anchor in a bay, tie to an abandon shore line, or stay at the dock where you picked up the boat – all free of charge. You can stay at the locks, marinas, campgrounds and trailer parks along your route. All of them will charge you according to the facilities they offer. Call ahead or pull in and ask for availability.

Are the bugs bad?

No, although the biggest problem we have is mosquitoes. They only last a short while. Each houseboat is equipped with mosquito coils and a burner, which is included in the rental fee.

Emergency on board?

In the event of an emergency or breakdown, you will be provided with help line numbers to call during your orientation.