The SpaceOff the Grid Houseboat Rental
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True unique Northern experience awaits
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. Guest AccessOn 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 GuestsThere 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. The NeighborhoodAurora Viewing:
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. Getting AroundYou must have access to a vehicle if you choose to rent this piece of heaven. Other Things to NotePOWER USAGE
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
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