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Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises

788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 6Z6, Canada
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Singles Only Cruise June 2018

I enjoyed the experience of being on the Paddlewheeler, but was a little bit surprised with the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
melanie_mingler
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Surrey, British Columbia
Cinco de Mayo cruise

What worked: the boat, the weather, staff were nice and apologetic about issues that arose. What... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
sucrebrun2017
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Vancouver, Canada
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the experience of being on the Paddlewheeler, but was a little bit surprised with the service on the boat. It took a really long time for our drinks to get there, and I actually had the server spill 2 drinks on me when...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

What worked: the boat, the weather, staff were nice and apologetic about issues that arose. What didn’t: they were clearly short staffed because it took a long time to order and to get food or drink (serving and cooking staff), the DJ played a lot...More

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Helga L, Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you for your review, yes unfortunately one of our scheduled staff called in sick at the last moment. We would like to apologize for any shortcomings. We try to make everyone aware that food orders will take some time as our chef prepares everything...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Took the paddle river cruise from Queens Quay in New Westminster to Steveston Village, along the Fraser Village. An all day cruise with a buffet lunch served onboard, and stopping at Stetson Village for an hour.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

A friend rented this boat for a St Patrick's Day themed party friday March 16/18. Everyone invited had to pay for their own tickets which was fine by me as I looked so forward to this as I had seen these boats on the river...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Personally I would look to do something different on a Friday evening. Travelling on a paddleboat up and down the Fraser river when the sun sets really early and all you see is the lights of the city might be some people choice was certainly...More

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Helga L, General Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you did not enjoy yourself. Please note our drinks are never watered down, they are properly measured based on what was ordered and are priced comparable to all other venues. We pride ourselves in providing a quality product...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

On this trip you will learn more interesting and in-depth history of the area, as it pertains to the river, than the locals know. It is a relaxed cruise with interesting flood plain islands and man-made river modifications. You will pass log booms and working...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Yes our 5th cruise with this company last thursday. We did the Pitt lake wilderness cruise again. As last year the weather had lots of fog couldn't see much. And the rain. First time on the Beta Star was pleasantly surprised not as roomy as...More

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Helga L, General Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and the weather was a bit more co-operative. See you again soon. Helga

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 21st birthday by taking this tour up the Fraser River Fraser River to Fort Langley. The day was dry and hot in the high 30's, so the leisurely ride up the Fraser was quite enjoyable. Mark frequently...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Enjoyed a lovely cruise up the Fraser River, into Pitt River and then into beautiful Pitt Lake.Excellent narration, fine lunch.Our 6 hr trip took an extra 1/2 hour as the railway bridge over the Pitt River was busy. Gave us a little more time to...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

What a wonderful day on the water. Great scenery, informative narration and great food. I would certainly go again. I will also bundle up a bit better as it was windy and cool on the water in spite of a cloudless sunny sky. Our Captain/Guide...More

Thank Lisa H
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Helga L, Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for your review, we appreciate your kind words and are glad we were able to make your day a wonderful experience.

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My wife uses a walker, if the tide is out, it is a very steep climb. As was the day we were there. If you are able to hang onto the rail and have someone help (The staff was helpful in assisting) you can probably handle... More
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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.
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