Off the Grid Houseboat Rental
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If you are looking for an affordable private Northern experience this is the ultimate Yellowknife rental for you. A gorgeous cozy houseboat available to you off Vee Lake road with year round access by foot. This houseboat comfortably sleeps 2 but can accommodate up to 4 guests. A short 15 minute drive outside of Yellowknife followed by a 5-10 minute walk through the woods (rugged terrain so a pack is a more appropriate luggage choice and there is also a pack provided) and you will find yourself in the peace of the outdoors surrounded by spectacular Aurora Borealis.
Once used for full year round living this cabin offers all of the amenities necessary you will need for a comfortable stress free getaway.
This rental is a unique houseboat located just minutes outside of Yellowknife. Get the true Northern experience!
The houseboat includes a wood stove (must have used one before and must know how to make your own kindling), dishes, clean bed linens, clean towels and dish clothes, propane lantern and candles for lighting, a propane stove for cooking, propane bbq, a fridge, running water in the summer, 15litres of potable drinking and cooking water, a 64litre pot of unpotable water that will be full and on top of the stove in the winter for washing dishes and personal hygiene needs (an auger is available if extra water required), a wash basin, shower bag with funnel and a honey bucket for toileting needs.
On arrival a guide will accompany you and your guests to the houseboat to show you how to get there and how everything works. No guests under the age of 18 are permitted. You must check in during daylight hours which change dependent on the time of year.
Interaction with guests
There is nobody on call to assist you only in the case of an absolute emergency or if something malfunctions. Independence and moderate outdoor experience is required to operate the houseboat. A CAR RENTAL is required.
Astonishing Aurora Borealis viewing on a very quiet lake in your own private floating houseboat rental. Large windows enable you to view them with the comfort of woodstove heat inside or outside in the fresh crisp northern air.
Plentiful hiking opportunities surround the cabin location. Martin Lake trail access is at the end of the lake and is well known for pickerel fishing in particular.
Ranney Hill-Martin Lake Trail
A day-hike through mixed boreal forest, across rocky outcrops and beside blue lakes. When you reach the steep pink granite dome of Ranney Hill, climb 200 m to the top for a 360º panorama of the entire Yellowknife area. Back at the base of the hill, head west to Martin Lake, a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. To reach the Ranney Hill-Martin Lake Trail, drive 6.6 km from Yellowknife along the IngrahamTrail, and turn left onto the Vee Lake Road. The trailhead is 500 m from the parking lot along Vee Lake Road on the right shoulder. Trail Length: 2.5 km, moderate difficulty
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During summer season fishing is available along the Ingraham Trail in multiple locations and at Martin Lake. These are close by options. Fishing charters are also available in and around Yellowknife. Spectacular NWT has many of the available options listed on their website for your convenience.
During the winter season ice fishing is a mere car ride away. At the end of Vee Lake road there is an easily accessible ice road that leads to Walsh Lake where you can ice fish at your leisure for pike, trout, or burbot with an affordable local fishing license. A manual ice auger and ice scoop are available for your convenience at the house boat.
There is a large potential for wildlife viewing both on the drive to the cabin and on the lake. While living there I have seen things like foxes, rabbits, porcupines, grouse and moose. Options are not limited! Bear safety is a must and bear spray and bangers will be made available to you.
You must have access to a vehicle if you choose to rent this piece of heaven.
Other things to note
Upon arrival your battery banks will be charged and the generator will be supplied with a tank of straight gasoline. If additional power is needed you can start the generator for 4-6 hours for additional charge. It is not difficult to operate the generator and your guide will run over the details with you on arrival. A tank of gas should last a week without any problems. Anything additional you are responsible for the extra cost. If it is winter time the generator will need to be brought inside to be warmed up prior to starting it. DO NOT start the generator inside due to carbon monoxide poisoning risk. There is a carbon monoxide detector in the cabin.
CELL PHONE USE
You can obtain a cell phone signal at the cabin but there are spots with no signal throughout the cabin. It can sometimes be difficult inside the cabin to obtain a signal but on top of the hill or away from the rock face (10 feet or so) you can obtain a signal more easily. There is no WIFI available. I have found that phones easily pick up signal when lodged in any window and talking while on speaker phone is easiest. External charger recommended as this will help preserve generator power. It is recommended to shut down any running apps as your phone will lose battery power quickly when searching for a signal.
Appropriate winter attire necessary. Winter clothes rentals are available in (email hidden). You can also check out their website for amazing Yellowknife tours available during your stay(URL HIDDEN)
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING
External Charger for electronic devices
Groceries / personal hygiene products
Appropriate attire dependent on the season
Foods to cook on stove top
Biodegradable soap for dishes and personal hygiene
AVAILABLE TO YOU
Waterproof pack with shoulder straps
Empty Cooler Axe Snowshoes
2 x PFD's
Fridge ( In the winter guests use the cupboard as a fridge as it's nice and cool. They also use a cooler outside for frozen goods)
Water pump and running water before freeze up
Tank of gas and generator
Sleigh on skis to tow supplies back and forth
Shower bag and funnel (Fall, Spring and Summer use only as drain freezes in winter) There is a local gym called the Racquet Club where there are showers, a hot tub, and drinks available as an alternative during winter season)
15 litres of drinking water and 64 L of non-potable water
Fresh sheets, duvet cover, towels/face cloths, and dish clothes
3 x small propane bottles that attach to the lantern and Coleman cooking stove
3 x Oil lamps filled with kerosene
Check-in is after 12PM (noon)
CLEAN UP EXPECTATIONS
All garbage removed
All recycling removed
Dishes done and put away
Empty and wipe down interior of fridge, cooler, wash basin
Dirty linens brought to check out location(sheets, duvet cover, towels, face clothes and dish clothes brought in town upon finalizing payment)
Empty propane bottles removed
All honey bucket bags removed (There will be a bin with a cover provided to you to remove bags with and can be dropped off in town when payment is finalized for your rental)
Gray water waste bucket must be emptied on shore and rinsed
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND & SAFETY
Use bear protection whenever walking the trail (Bear bangers and spray will be made available to you)
Encountering insects and rodents are a possibility in the wilderness (mouse traps are available in the cabin if any seen)
Fire safety and propane safety is a must:
When using propane lanterns during the camping season or at any other time, ensure that the connection between the lantern and the propane cylinder is leak proof to prevent gas from escaping and igniting unexpectedly, posing a potential fire and injury hazard. This hazard can occur during the lighting or normal use of the lantern. Never use gasoline or any kind of combustible to start your woodstove fire.
Ensure door to woodstove is closed and secure once fire is going. Blow out all candles before going to sleep.
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher+ More