House boats Information

A houseboat is a boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a human dwelling. Some houseboats are not motorized, because they are usually moored, kept stationary at a fixed point and often tethered to land to provide utilities. However, many are capable of operation under their own power.

In Australia, especially on the Murray River and the sunny coastline of Queensland, there are many motorized, pontoon-based houseboats with two or more bedrooms; some of these houseboats have more than one level or multiple stories . Some are privately owned as either a primary residence or a holiday shack. Many are also available for hire as self-driven holiday destinations with accommodation for four to perhaps a dozen persons. Coomera River, the Great Sandy Straits near the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island and in recent times the Tweed River are especially popular with Queenslanders and interstate tourists. Lake Eildon in Victoria and the Hawkesbury River near Sydney in New South Wales are popular houseboating areas.

In Canada, houseboats are gaining major popularity in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec as there is an abundance of perfectly suited rivers and lakes for houseboaters to enjoy. Houseboats in Canada are generally motorised and used recreationally, rather than as a permanent dwelling. The Rideau Canal system is a historic waterway known for its picturesque setting and quaint villages. The town of Sicamous, on Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, is said to be the "Houseboat Capital of the World".

Wikipedia, House boats, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_boats (as of May 3, 2010)

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