TLiving on a 4 Season Houseboat - Beautiful Floating Tiny House!

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Published on Jul 01, 2016

In this video, we meet Bonnie from Wakefield, Québec, Canada who is living on a gorgeous tiny house boat that is full of character and charm. The River Den (or La Tannière) has custom-made asymmetrical windows, a classic ship's wheel, antique fireplace, and hand-built furniture — all of which give the boat a warm and cozy feel that makes you feel at home as soon as you step on board. The boat is docked on the shore of the Gatineau River and Bonnie lives in it as often as she can when she's not renting it out on Airbnb (

The tiny houseboat was designed by Bonnie and her boatbuilding friend, Denis Tremblay, who is known locally as the Wakefield Pirate. Denis and a few of his friends built the boat by hand, including the aluminum frame and the custom windows, the cabinets, and the grill floor in the loft.

The boat is built on 5 pontoons that are designed to provide flotation while still taking on some water to keep the boat weighed down in the water for stability. The pontoons are also designed to freeze in the ice and are made by a local company called Les Quais Navigables (

It's a 4-season house boat that is fully insulated and has an antique wood burning fireplace to provide heat in winter. For power, they installed a deep cycle marine battery that provides 12-Volt power for the lights, bilge pump, and navigation lights. They have a Separett composting toilet from Sweden (, and a sink that pumps water from the river for washing dishes. For refrigeration, Bonnie uses a cooler with ice, but she might invest in some solar panels so that she can power a proper fridge eventually.

The main floor has a kitchen, toilet, dining room and living room, and upstairs there is cozy a sleeping loft with a grill floor that allows heat to rise through the floor, and sun & dust to travel down to the main level. One of the windows in the loft opens up onto a gorgeous rooftop patio with a cedar deck and has space for some solar panels if/when Bonnie decides she needs them.

The boat has a gas motor and can be taken out on the river which is quite impressive considering it's size! To make sure the boat was still road worthy, they built a wedge roof over the loft that can be taken apart if Bonnie wants to transport it to a different location. The boat is currently docked in the quaint little town of Wakefield, Québec where there are cute cafes, restaurants and shops right across the street.

If anyone is interested in renting this house boat, check it out on the Airbnb website here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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  • shannon owens - 2 days ago


  • dcgfhgjnzgfnjcbgn - 3 days ago

    How about instead of solar you do water power?

  • ank ank - 3 days ago

    so where does the poop from the toilet go? dry up and then what?

  • Jelena Simic - 6 days ago

    I love it ❤❤❤ how much did the whole thing cost?

  • Joseph Hicks - 7 days ago

    excellent video, and beautiful house, I'm jealous, enjoy

  • XxSAVAGEGAMER 03xX - 1 week ago


  • Faye Molson - 2 weeks ago

    Thats so cool

  • Kevin Gaus - 2 weeks ago

    Just WOW

  • Sam Britt - 3 weeks ago

    Is she polish?

  • goofyfoot2001 - 3 weeks ago

    If this boats a rockin....

  • Susie Hogan - 3 weeks ago

    I LOVED this idea for a tiny house, (most boat houses you see in movies etc seem far too large to ever move!) but you would have to carefully consider environmental and climatic factors to determine if your idea was even viable

  • EidStoneyMaloney . 420K - 3 weeks ago

    this is my 1st dreams house.. i never dream about house... it will be very peacefully house for me even it just tiny... love it fam..

  • beez. - 4 weeks ago dream (sub)

  • Ricardo Anjos - 4 weeks ago

    Cabe mais um com vc linda parabéns meu sonho desejo de mulher linda parabéns

  • Marlen Vassallo - 4 weeks ago

    Step by step with plans from the stodoys site you can do something like that

  • Maria Trayter - 4 weeks ago

    Good day Bonnie... Love your River Boat House and its interior... Love it that is not pretentious but homely...It is stunning... Wishing your life to be smooth sailing...

  • Nancy Jane Paige - 1 month ago

    Amazing is all I can say about this young women. She's living the dream. On her beautiful house boat. I love it. Thank you 4 sharing.

  • Yumi Okubo - 1 month ago


  • Norris Brock - 1 month ago

    Who makes the composting toilet??

  • Katrina Perez - 1 month ago

    This is very cool!

  • Chad Maxwell - 1 month ago

    What happens if you have a leak lol

  • tyhoe - 1 month ago

    She's gotta be related to Gracie Vanasse. Sound and look alot alike.

  • Singh Tamang - 1 month ago

    I love the house

  • Yvette Rankin-Hill - 1 month ago


  • Jim - 1 month ago

    1:24, lil pump

  • Sandra De Haro - 1 month ago

    What about alligators or is there any ' ?

  • ana- MAZING! - 1 month ago

    I’m watching so many of these tiny house stuff I kinda want to build one and live in it .

  • Olivia Odonnell - 2 months ago

    The river 🚿 is so 😎

  • Olivia Odonnell - 2 months ago

    I want that

  • Fred Peace II - 2 months ago

    I really was impressed with the features of your home! Do you have any pictures or videos of the construction?