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Woman builds a gorgeous floating tiny home and gives a tour of the inside
I never imagined living on a houseboat, but this would be so peaceful. She did an outstanding job!
Irene Markianou
10.03.22

If you are a camping kind of person, but you still want to have some of the benefits an apartment can offer, like a queen-size bed and a fireplace, then this houseboat might be just what you want to book for your next adventure.

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Water-lover Bonnie didn’t have to think twice when her friends suggested she had a houseboat built a few years ago. She kind of just grabbed the opportunity and jumped right in.

The project was quite ambitious. Bonnie bought the Pontoon called “The River Den” and she had everything in it custom-made thanks to her boatbuilder friend, Denis Tremblay, known locally as the Wakefield Pirate.

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Initially more centrally located, the River Den was very close to cafes ad restaurants in Wakefield, Quebec.

Lately, the houseboat has been transferred to “a permanent mooring location which is very private and much more quiet,” as it is explained in the Airbnb listing.

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In Bonnie’s interview with Exploring Alternatives, the young woman shows us around the tiny house and she explains how everything works and why she finds this place perfect for every season.

First of all, Bonnie makes it clear that there are still things missing from the tiny floating house, which makes it impossible to be her permanent home just yet.

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There is no electricity, no running water in winter, and no shower. Still, staying in the houseboat for a few nights every so often is an amazing experience.

There is a kitchen equipped with a sink where you can wash the dishes or brush your teeth using river water. For power, there’s a “deep cycle marine battery” that’s connected to the lights and more.

Also, there’s a cozy ‘Jotul’ wood stove where guests can warm up food or make coffee.

There’s a practical compost toilet, which leaves no odor whatsoever, as well as a dining and living room.

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There may not be a proper refrigerator, but there’s a working fridge in warmer months, and a cooler with ice packs in winter.

The tiny houseboat is fully insulated with double pane windows all around, making it ideal for 4-season stays.

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In the loft, which Bonnie also calls la tanière, which means the wolf den, there’s a queen-size bed.

There’s a grill floor which is really practical when it comes to providing extra sunlight to the ground floor and sending the dust down. Who would want to crawl and clean the floor up there anyway?

There’s also a roof patio, where Bonnie enjoys spending time and just gazing at the river.

She’s also considering putting solar panels up there in the future, but she’s not started to work on that project yet.

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Overall, the River Den is a unique place for those looking for something out of the ordinary to spend some days in nature.

“It’s such a treat to be able to let people experience this kind of living,” Bonie shared. “When I’m not renting it, I live on it. It’s great to wake up on the water and just jump in the river first thing in the morning,” she added.

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Click on the video below to get a tour of this incredible floating tiny house!

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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