A TV crew was in Sicamous May 11 to film an episode of extreme houseboating — extreme luxury that is.
Powderhouse Productions were on location in the Sicamous area filming one of a six-episode series on houseboating, which will be featured on the Travel Channel this fall.
The production focuses on Waterway Houseboats’ largest and most luxurious model, the 94-foot Legacy.
“They were looking for the biggest and best houseboat they could find and they found us,” says Neil Millar, general manager of Waterway Houseboats.
The three-storey houseboat is the largest on Shuswap Lake and offers all the comforts of an elite hotel. Waterway has two Legacy models in its fleet. The Legacy boats boast a furnished boardroom, video conferencing capabilities, 14-foot ceilings, pure granite counter tops, enlarged hot tubs, a 42-inch plasma TV and a chandelier. They include six staterooms, four bonus rooms and can sleep 30 people.
“The filming was a smashing success and the weather could not have been better,” adds Millar, who was part of the production crew on board for the shoot. “I think the audience is going to be astonished. Most people have no idea there is a boat like that on the Shuswap.”
Powderhouse Productions produces content internationally. However, this show will primarily be aimed at the U.S. market.
“Not only does it highlight Waterways, but the region as well. People will get a chance to see the gorgeous natural setting and that they can enjoy it in style and comfort,” says Millar.
Shuswap Tourism was also involved in sponsoring the production, with Wendy Byhre, Shuswap Tourism’s marketing co-ordinator, also taking part in the filming.
Byhre assisted director Nina Giannell, and played a role as a houseboat guest for a dinner party.
“It was pretty exciting. We got to experience the houseboat, the meal, the beverages all from local suppliers,” says Byhre.
The food onboard was provided by Sage Catering in Sicamous and beverages were provided by Shuswap Wineries and the Barley Station Brew Pub.
Shuswap Tourism, Roots & Blues organizers, and the Waterway houseboat crew were on board volunteering as “actors” for the day.
“The film crew was really happy, they loved the area, loved the boat. They were really relaxed and great to work with. It was a lot of fun,” says Millar.