12 Best Airbnb Houseboat Rentals In British Columbia, Canada - Updated 2022


Far out on the western section of Canada lies the province of British Columbia. It’s recognized to be such a diverse community infused with different ethnicities and cuisines. However, it is best known for its picturesque sceneries with rolling mountain ranges, glistening lakes, and lush valleys. Because of its landscape, many tourists come to British Columbia to go glamping, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, among many other outdoor activities. Different sports are also widely enjoyed here. The best way to fully experience what the province has to offer is by renting one of these houseboat rentals in British Columbia so you can be one with nature. Check out our recommendations for the best Airbnb houseboat rentals in British Columbia, Canada!

1. Stylish glamping among nature (from USD 422)

If you are looking to experience the great outdoors and still want to keep it stylish, this Lagoon Float Camp is perfect for you! Located in Clayoquot Sound near the town of Tofino, this is the epitome of “getting lost in nature.” The accommodation is basically a floating tent above the water with complete amenities like a heater, a kitchen, and a bath. Rowboats with lifejackets are also included. The site is reachable only by boat from Tofino, and the trip is inclusive with the rates. Previous guests have gushed about the place being magical based on its natural ambiance and surroundings.

Lagoon Float Camp
140 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the sleeping tent was comfortable
we immediately felt comfortable in the space
the place was spotless and very comfortable
the tent is spacious but cozy clean and inviting
it was easy to stay dry and warm in the shelter tent and sauna though
this place is amazing and the hosts are amazing
this place is completely wonderful and dan and lauren were brilliant hosts
absolutely loved it and lauren and dan are great hosts
lauren and her husband dan were very helpful to meet our requests
dan & lauren were the perfect fun friendly and informational hosts
had an amazing time staying at this unique location
fantastic family adventure unbelievable location awesome hosts a really unique experience
fun and unique experience in a beautiful secluded location
the location was so unique and secluded and was a perfect getaway
very special place in a absolute rare environment in the biosphere reserve of clayoquot sound
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2. Home on the sea (from USD 208)

Interested in living life at sea but not quite sure if a boat is for you? SeaSuite is your prime pick if you want to try out houseboating in British Columbia. Located in Port Sidney Marina, this houseboat is ideal for couples or pairs who want a quick getaway. Aside from the complete amenities of a home, this vessel also offers the best views on its rooftop deck. You can see beautiful mountains and the glistening water all while taking a sip of your favorite wine or grilling your favorite barbecue. The rate also offers free underground parking for vehicles.

SeaSuite. Be on the Sea
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
181 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's very stylish well appointed clean comfortable and the view is outstanding
the bed is super comfortable with luxurious linens
the bed was so comfortable and the experience of being right on the water was delightful
so organized and clean
the accommodations are very clean and modern
everything is new and sparkling clean we can't wait to go back
seasuites is brandnew exactly as described online impeccably clean and oh so cozy
clean well equipped and in a beautiful location
our host was kind and gracious
mark was a great host and communicator
fun adventure and great host
mark is a great host
mark is a great host and very knowledgeable making your stay a 5 star experience
fabulous location and unique experience
love that you can walk to the little pier and downtown
this was the most unique and interesting place
the location is perfect for easy walks into town for meals
mark's place was amazing so thoughtfully laid out and ideally located
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3. Luxurious floating home (from USD 382)

It’s modern. Clean. Lavish. These are some of the comments and reviews left by previous guests who have checked in at Blue Wolf Float Home. The design of this houseboat is eye-catching yet minimalist, with an all-white interior and navy blue exteriors. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, and a cozy bedroom. You might even think you’re checked in at a hotel! The location is also convenient as the rental is only a few minutes away from downtown, where many restaurants and shopping areas are.

Beautiful, Luxurious & Oceanfront Blue Wolf Float Home
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
14 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
everything was so clean and comfortable and well equipped
in addition to cleanliness the place was also very well stocked
hosts are friendly and responsive and provide the creature comforts that make the difference
plenty of shopping and dining options within easy walking distance
the location is fabulous with easy access to the lonsdale market and the seabus
very easy to walk to the seabus
spotless the location is awesome
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4. Cabin on the water (from USD 768)

This floating cabin near Bligh Island in Nootka Sound, British Columbia, is an ideal accommodation for big families who wish to go on a getaway. Like the fishing lodges in the area, it’s also perfect for fishing trips or kayaking adventures with the family. The cabin has four bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people due to the many bunkbeds available. However, you should also consider that there is only one bathroom, so it might be an issue if there are too many guests. Nevertheless, the cabin is equipped with basic necessities like water, heater, and gasoline for a comfortable stay.

Floating Cabin off Bligh Island (Nootka Sound)
Nootka, British Columbia, Canada
7 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 6 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
amazing west coast location well worth it
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5. Lovely and quirky floating home (from USD 111)

This lovely floating home on Cowichan Bay is a great getaway for those who want to wake up to beautiful surroundings. The houseboat is designed with one bathroom downstairs and one loft-style bedroom upstairs—though there is a sunroom that connects to it and can be considered an extension or a second bedroom. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise as you wake or the sunset after a long day. Though it should be noted that the style of the place may not be suitable for small children and people with disabilities.

NEW! Floating Artist's Oasis in Cowichan Bay!
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada
7 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
it was very tidy and clean
literally in the cowichin bay marina it is spotlessly clean and offers great views and "kick-back" areas
very nice location and very comfortable floating house
coral's floating home is very picturesque and close by to everything you would want to do in cowichan bay
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6. Small yet comfortable maritime getaway (from USD 150)

Though not exactly a houseboat by design and structure, this wooden yacht is still a suitable place for anyone who wishes to go on a quick getaway in British Columbia. It can accommodate up to three guests comfortably and has basic necessities like a heater and a kitchen area for meal preparations. You can even take the yacht out should you wish to go on a fishing trip. Owner Nicholas will be happy to greet you on-site and help you settle in.

Classic 1931 40-ft Wooden Yacht. 20HP Zodiac.
Canadian Gulf Island or US San Juan Island, British Columbia, Canada
24 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
the host is amazing placing the boat in the most pristine of backdrops
nicholas was a good host very communicative
nicolas was a pleasant and responsive host
our family vacation aboard the thalia bee was fantastic nick and his "crew" where delightful and very helpful
communication is beyond fantastic and this host endeavours to make this an experience of a lifetime
it is a fun experience in a nice quiet location
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7. Convenience and comfort (from USD 100)

If you are staying in British Columbia for a short period and need to travel a lot to the airport, this houseboat is perfect for you. With its proximity to the airport and access to public transportation, previous guests highly recommended this houseboat. The owner Georg is most eager to provide anything you will need. The house itself is noted to be clean and has one bedroom and one bathroom. The stairs though is noted to be a little steeper than usual. Oh, and there’s a cat on-site too!

Floatinghome on the Fraser-River
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
187 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is very comfortable and the golden sink is pretty cool to see
we had a comfortable stay
had a really comfortable stay at georg's
very clean and cozy houseboat
the place is very clean and comfortable
the room is clean and tidy
clean and comfortable highly recommend
the space was clean quiet and cozy
friendly and make you feel at home
the hosts are very thoughtful
georg is a great host
georg is a very kind host
and the host is very friendly
the location is excellent very close to the airport
the location is excellent in its proximity to the airport
great location close to the airport and transit including skytrain station
excellent location from the airport for early morning flights
location was great bc of its proximity to the airport and skytrain
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8. Private home getaway

Like a tiny house rental, this houseboat is ideal for small families who are looking for a unique kind of vacation. Though it only has one bedroom, it can actually sleep four to six people snuggly, which is perfect for close-knit families. This great find in British Columbia is a houseboat rental that offers privacy, due to its prime and secluded location. The “neighborhood” of boats gives off a very quiet and calm atmosphere, so it’s perfect to sleep at night. This rental has two rooftop decks that give you a panoramic view of the surroundings from north, east, south, and west.

Chateau sur Mer: Romantic, Peaceful Boat House
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
161 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views of the mountains out the kitchen window
comfortable bed and great ambience
bed capacity makes it a good value to boot
fantastic view from the deck - perfect for breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening
paul's houseboat is extremely cool and comfortable
clean and comfortable stay
it was very clean and so cozy
it was clean well stocked and comfortable
it was very clean and just as we expected
it could use a good tidy and deep clean
paul is a great host and all my questions very quickly
paul was an amazing host that was always available for us to speak with
paul is a responsive and kind host
paul was very responsive to any and all questions
paul was very organized and helpful
easy walk to shopping
the location was perfect
very cozy place perfectly located right next to the seabus station
location is great for exploring vancouver
easy walk to grocery store drug store sea bus
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9. World-class houseboat

This floating houseboat, fondly named The Burrows by its owners, can be considered a well-known houseboat in the area of North Vancouver in British Columbia. It was featured on Travel Channel’s show Extreme Houseboats and has since then gained a lot of positive reviews from guests. The design of the house on the outside is simple, but the inside will surprise you with modern and first-class amenities. These include a stellar kitchen and dining area, a space for getting together called Great Room, and three cozy bedrooms with stunning views. There is also top-of-the-line entertainment with Netflix, cable, DVD, and Wifi.

Oceanfront Float Home
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
130 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it accommodated all 7 of us with ease was comfortable beyond compare
the view was beautiful the home inviting the kitchen well-stocked
we made full use of the incredibly appointed and well stocked kitchen
the great room is warm and inviting
fantastic to have our own bathrooms (each bedroom has en-suite) and the beds were all great
it was very clean
it was clean and quiet and absolutely unique
everything was sparkling clean and extremely up to date
the house is spacious clean and cozy
the house is beautiful clean and had everything we needed
our hosts were very friendly and helpful
our hosts were really helpful and personable
owner is very friendly to us
she was also very responsive during our stay when we had questions about the home
melanie was a great host
beautiful location well situated near stores restaurants and public transportation
location is brilliant with restaurants et al in walking distance
house and location were fitting perfectly for us
great option if looking for a north vancouver location
it was so relaxing and centrally located to the water bus to downtown vancouver
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10. Charming little houseboat

Floating over the Cowichan Bay south of Vancouver in British Columbia is this charming houseboat. Its eye-catching color of red and blue surely makes it stand out from its neighbors. It’s ideal for people who wish to spend some alone time or family time because either way, there’s lots of space for everyone. Previous guests loved its cozy ambiance that’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway from the city. See the sights, local attractions, and even attend the best festivals in British Columbia all from the comfort of a charming houseboat.

Fabulous Float-home in Cowichan Bay, BC!
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada
130 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the lower deck has bbq and small table a chairs view of lovely sailboats all around
the beds were comfy and being "unplugged" was a nice break
i love the view from the master bed
the beds were comfie the town went to sleep by 10:00 so quiet and peaceful to sleep
it is cozy the beds are comfortable and we had a terrific quiet holiday
it was clean and comfortable
the place was very clean and prepared when we arrived
clean comfortable and warm we felt quite at home
very clean and comfortable beds made sleeping easy
hosts were helpful and gracious
ken was a great host from beginning to end
the hosts are very friendly and communicative
the host nikki is very helpful and quick to communicate
he was very responsive whenever we reached out to him
unique and beautiful location in cowichan bay
great location; lots of character
cute and cozy little place
this is a very cool place great location and a fantastic value
my wife and i loved the house and location
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11. Off-the-grid houseboat in Scotty Bay

Experience off-the-grid living in British Columbia by booking this unique houseboat in Scotty Bay. Perfect for a family or group of six, the spacious houseboat offers ample opportunities to see local marine life like seals, otters, mussels, crabs, and starfish through its glass windows in the floor of the vessel while birdwatching enthusiasts will delight in the sightings of kingfishers, loons, eagles, and more. The two-level houseboat has well-appointed bedrooms, a furnished living area, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and two decks to admire the surrounding views.

2 reviews
house boat 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

12. Furnished houseboat with unhindered water views (from USD 150)

Docked in a harbor of Alert Bay, this ex-navy vessel offers comfortable accommodation for up to six guests. Enjoy unhindered water views, observe the local birdlife, including bald-headed eagles, or tuck into alfresco meals on one of the two decks of the boat. Inside, there is a well-appointed dining area, a full kitchen, a furnished living area, two fully equipped bathrooms and bedrooms, and more. Several restaurants and shops of Downtown Alert Bay are just a short walk away.

Sleep on a Boat/Historic Downtown Alert Bay
15 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
everything was nice and clean
kathleen and marvin are wonderful hosts and very easy and pleasant to deal with
the passagemaker was beautiful our host and hostess were terrific and very concerned that we were comfortable
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Stay in British Columbia in style

Do away with the usual accommodations and leave the resorts in the city. Instead, stay close to the best lakes in British Columbia! When in this part of Canada, a place surrounded by beautiful nature like lakes and mountains, you should consider staying in a one of the popular Shuswap houseboat rentals for a memorable vacation in this part of Canada. Aside from the usual offers that come with a regular house, the views around plus the idea of living out on the water should be good enough reasons for you to check in one of these stellar houseboats.

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