My wife, Kerry and I along with our 15-year-old daughter Grace, and her friend Lauren, boarded out floating funhouse at Waterway Houseboats on Mara Lake in Sicamous, British Columbia.
From Waterway's headquarters it's a quick cruise through the narrows into Shuswap Lake. Shuswap is the house boating capital of Canada because of its calm, cobalt waters and 1,100 kilometres of shoreline on four watery arms that spread out like a claw.
We stuck to the Salmon Arm, which is also the name of the Shuswap's main town, where we motored only 14 kilometres to catch part of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival.
We moor at Salmon Arm Wharf, a 15-minute walk from the fest site, and use our houseboat as a floating hotel.
It's such an inspired idea that Waterway and Roots & Blues have partnered to offer houseboat-and-fest packages starting with the August 16-19, 2018 fest.