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Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises

788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 6Z6, Canada
+1 604-525-4465
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Wedding and 60th birthday bash

We have booked the Paddlewheeler twice in the past year ; Once for our sons wedding and most... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
via mobile
Should've stayed on the shore and try the pubs or restaurants around the Quay.

This was not the enjoyable cruise tour we were hoping for. First of all when we called to reserve... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Board the MV Native, an authentic paddlewheeler, for an adventure on the mighty Fraser River! With live narration of facts and fiction about the Fraser and its history, you'll encounter all the activity of a busy working river as well as the ever-present sights and sounds of wildlife such as seals, ospreys, great blue heron, eagles and with luck, salmon and sturgeon. The lush Coast Mountain Range provides a breathtaking backdrop of BC from a "River point of view." The paddlewheeler Native and the 40 passenger catamaran Beta Star have a busy spring-through-fall schedule, which includes day trips from New Westminster to Steveston, Fort Langley and the back-county wilderness of Pitt Lake. We also offer shorter lunch cruises, fun-filled Wine-and-Dine sunset cruises and Friday/Saturday Pub Nights. New for 2015 are Fraser River North Arm Luncheon Cruises on the catamaran Beta Star and we will be starting our popular Pitt Lake Cruises earlier in the season and running them later than in previous years. Also watch for our amazing boat-bus Harrison Lake cruise on the Beta Star to be featured in August! With a group booking the Native is available all year round for cruises, weddings, special events, and private functions. Valentine's Day, Christmas Cruises and New Years Eve are a big favourite on the paddlewheeler Native as well! Check our website for our schedule plus other up-coming special events and theme cruises. For 2015 we are featuring a 15% discount on some of our scheduled cruises.
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788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 6Z6, Canada
+1 604-525-4465

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have booked the Paddlewheeler twice in the past year ; Once for our sons wedding and most recently for my Husbands 60th birthday with family and friends . Had a 4 hour trip up the river with a full dinner on Board Food was...More

Thank riverrest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not the enjoyable cruise tour we were hoping for. First of all when we called to reserve, they wouldn't honor the groupon which was advertised "as good for any Friday or Saturday cruising". We were told that they only take "groupons" on Fridays....More

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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

It was a great time! The music and atmosphere was great! The nachos and sangria are a must! It's a great place to have a birthday party.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Very interesting cruise along the Frase River. Narration of the activity along the river with sightings of animals, birds, businesses, and lovely houseboats. We stopped in Steveston for about 2 hours before returning back to New Westminster. Enough time to have fish and chips on...More

1  Thank Vanessa S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I recently organized a work event with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises. It was smooth sailing from the first moment I reached out almost a month prior to the cruise day. The staff were very informative and patiently answered all my queries. When I had reached out...More

Thank shankc26
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I was originally going to take a cruise with another company which I had taken before but then I noticed the coupons in travel zoo so I decided to take a chance on this and save some money. I booked the Pitt Lake day cruise...More

Thank Stuart M
Helga L, Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2016

I apologize if your experience was not up to your expectations. The Beta Star was in the shipyard for repairs, our expectations were that she would up and running by the time your cruise would take place. Unfortunately this did not happen. We therefore scheduled...More

Reviewed 25 September 2016

Unique paddlewheeler experience. Comfortable main deck and covered and open upper decks. Very informative commentary covered early history of the Fraser and present-day activities (thanks Mark!). Delicious buffet lunch. Full bar servicer (Willy makes the best B-52 coffees on the West Coast!). Highly recommend this...More

1  Thank HIstorybuff42
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My sister-in-law and I recently to a paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruise to Steveston - 9:30am - 5:00pm. This is an excellent and relaxing way to ride the beautiful Fraser River. We were treated to a very detailed and colourful commentary from a very knowledgeable Crew member,...More

Thank vernakaz
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Nice trip 9:30 to 4:30. It was a nice day but, rain or shine, it would be OK. Coffee was sold on board. There was a good commentary all the way explaining history and present day operations. There were upper and lower passenger decks. Washrooms...More

1  Thank jem1234
Reviewed 4 August 2016

4 of us arrived at 0845 am at the New Westminster Quay., whereupon we were promptly checked in a 9 am. We found a nice table for four inside the upper deck, (it was cloudy and ~65'F, but many passengers stayed on the open upper...More

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Others have reported that the food is frequently insufficient. Did less exuberant people seem to be unhappy? Was there enough food that when all were served you could go for seconds?
7 June 2016|
Response from CdnCher | Reviewed this property |
For our purposes, the food was good. We had appies - sliders (good), nacho's (good). There was a salmon dinner that I saw others have, but didn't partake. It was not a buffet, but you could order individual apps.
Hello. Is the Riverboat fully accessible? I use a scooter and I would really like to go on a cruise with my family. Based on the glowing reviews, it seems quite interesting. Thank you for your answers in advance.
31 January 2015|
Response from Helga L | Property representative |
Hi there! That's a great question. Unfortunately we're not fully accessible, because our facilities are not fully equipped for passengers that require use of scooters or wheelchairs. However we have plenty of experience with... More