Live your life with a smaller footprint while you visit Mo’s Houseboat B&B!
Many of the things taken for granted living on land have to be more carefully thought out when relying on solar/generator powered battery banks for all our needs. Hot water and heating systems are also closely monitored to ensure everything runs smoothly.
How do I get to Mo’s Houseboat B&B?
G.P.S. coordinates: 62.459000, -114.344611 (62º27’32.4N 114º20’40.6W)
During the summer, you can only access Mo’s by boat. Give us a call when you land and once you are at the Yellowknife Warf located in Old Town, we will come and pick you up with our power boat. To make arrangements for pick up, please call us (867-445-6363) at least 1/2 an hour beforehand. Once we bring you on board, you are provided with a canoe to get back and forth to land from the houseboat. This is your required transportation, so you must be an experienced canoeist, as there is no water taxi service on the Bay. Only during inclement weather do we ferry you back to land with the power boat. We provide a life jacket which we insist our guests wear at all times while in a boat of any kind.
You can conveniently drive right up to us on the ice! Go to the boat launch across from a store called “Just Furs” in old town. In winter this boat launch is converted into an ice road for local houseboaters that leads you directly to us. Drive straight ahead and your vehicle lights will hit a shiny reflector on the first orange traffic cone. Take this short, straight ice road lined with traffic cones, and in about 20 seconds, you will arrive at Mo’s Houseboat B&B.
What are the Check-in/Check out times?
Check-in is at 2pm. Check-out is at 11am. Please let us know when you are arriving at the B&B so we can be here to give you the off-grid orientation on how to use our systems.
Will my cell phone work way up there in the NWT?
Please check with your phone service provider. There are outlets here to buy sim cards for your phone.
What kind of heating system is used at Mo’s?
Vented propane heaters set with a thermostat. They regulate consistent heat throughout varying outside temperatures.
How much power can I use?
Appliances that generate instant heat draw too much energy from our battery banks, therefore, we require that you do not use hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, clothes irons, electric kettles or electric blankets. Please inquire whether your electric appliance is suitable for our systems before you use it, thank you. Your computer will only take an hour or two to charge and we ask that you unplug it when it’s at full charge. Your phone and camera batteries draw only a small current and can be plugged in for any length of time.
How is grey and black water treated at Mo’s?
Being on the clear, pristine waters of Great Slave Lake necessitates special eco considerations to be respected. We provide bio-degradable products for bathing to help keep our lake clean but you are welcome to bring your own bio-degradable products, only. Of course, black water (toilet water) does not enter the lake at all, and is contained by our specialized toilets to be safely disposed of.
Can I drink the water from the taps at Mo’s?
Yes! Our water is pure and drinkable. We filter out the sediments, yet do not add chlorine or fluorine to our water tanks. The nearby water is tested annually for contaminants. Feel free to bring your own water if you do not wish to drink the water from our taps.
Can I smoke?
If you are a smoker, it is perhaps best to find other accommodations as we are a zero-tolerance smoking zone. Luggage and clothing carry smoke odours that are irritating to many of our guests, and trigger allergies. Also, because we have wooden decks surrounding the houseboat, we are very strict about no smoking anywhere on the property.
Do you have reliable internet on your houseboat?
Yes, but because we are off-grid and in the north, internet use is very expensive and often slow. Using email, social media and surfing is no problem, but we require that you do not play video games, download movies, music or upload large photo files and videos. It is recommended that you download movies prior to your arrival.
Is there housekeeping?
We provide a clean room, towels and amenities upon your arrival. If desired, please request day to day room cleaning services. There is a local laundromat for laundry services.
Can I bring my pet?
The SunRise and SunSet suites are pet free zones to accommodate those with allergies. We ask that you please leave your pets at home or have them boarded at one of the local kennels.
Can I bring my kids? Is Mo’s wheelchair accessible?
Our floating homes have no railings around the main decks, therefore, due to water dangers during the summer months, the minimum age for children staying at our B&B is 15 years old. Due to off-grid considerations that are too new to young children, we require that your child be 10 or older to stay during the winter months. You will be required to sign a special waiver when bringing a child onboard the B&B. I’m sorry but we are not wheelchair accessible in summer or winter.
Do you have winter clothing I can use while I’m at Mo’s?
I’m sorry, but we do not provide winter clothing. Please check seasonal temperatures for the time of year you are visiting and contact outfitters in Yellowknife for winter clothing rental. My Backyard clothing can be booked online.