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Address: 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 6Z6, Canada
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+1 604-525-4465
10:00 - 16:00
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Board the MV Native, an authentic paddlewheeler, for an adventure on the...

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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Fraser River cruise ro Steveston

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... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Vanessa S

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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 the pier and some shopping. Very enjoyable especially on a warm summer day.

1 Thank Vanessa S
Vancouver, Canada
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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 in early Jan for researching they had shared a brochure from 2016 for details. But... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
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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 over 3 Months in advance. Less than a week before the cruise they inform me... More 

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Helga L, Manager at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises, responded to this review

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 two cruises to Pitt Lake on the MV Native to accommodate all those people that... More 

Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 26 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 trip. I would take it again.

1 Thank HIstorybuff42
Surrey, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 14 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, pointing out the various areas of interest on our trip to Steveston. Just prior to... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 September 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 available on board. They provided a nice buffet lunch before we arrived at Steveston .... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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26 reviews
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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 deck) The 104 GT paddle wheeler departed exactly at 0930 hrs. with Captain Doug Leaney... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This was a day cruise leaving from the wharf at New Westminster Quay with the destination of Pitt Lake. We had a group of 9 people and utilized Travelzoo tickets. Beautiful day, some cloud cover and then the sun came out. There are 2 decks to sit on, an upper deck which can be cool, if it is breezy or... More 

Thank Denise D
Delta, Canada
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We wanted to see the annual Festival of Fire fireworks display in the Vancouver harbour but were reluctant to drive or take transit downtown. I found that the Paddlewheeler River boat cruises offered a dinner cruise from New Westminster for each night of the festival. The price was high but we decided to take a chance and were very glad... More 

1 Thank gjanie
New Westminster, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was a drizzly day in June but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of 9 teacher friends. We sat on the top deck, which was protected from the rain with plastic curtains. We were offered blankets, which was accepted by several of us. The commentator was full of knowledge about this mighty working river. After about an hour of... More 

Thank Karen H

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