- 143 Ratings
New Westminster Riverboat Tour
Cruise down the Fraser River to discover New Westminster, the Royal City. Come aboard a classic riverboat to take in the sights as you listen to historical tales of the area.
What You Will Do
- Set off aboard the M.V. Native, a 100-passenger paddlewheeler that's an authentic replica of the ships used in British Columbia from the late 1850s until the 1920s
- Cruise down the Fraser River as your captain and guide narrate the history of the areas you pass by
- Grab a seat and enjoy a first-rate view of the eye-catching scenery that you pass: See the city of New Westminster, which played an important role in Canada's history
- Breathe in the fresh river air while you escape from your routine and enjoy two hours out on the water
- Two-hour cruise on the Fraser River
- Fully narrated tour
- Snacks and beverages available for purchase
Reservations are required at least 24-hours in advance.
Please arrive for boarding at least 15 minutes before departure.
River cruise schedules are published in advance. However, changes and substitutions may occur at the discretion of management if unfavorable conditions persist, including wind and weather, or any other reasons.
- 143 Ratings
Good service and excellent running commentary. Very educational.
It was a very relaxing ride and the tour guide gave us lots of tidbits of the local history.
Just was disappointed that our time was changed from 3pm to 10 am.
A long time resident on the waterfront in New Westminster, I see this sweet river boat pass often. Finally went on a cruise, and it was so enjoyable. Amazing narration. Totally enjoyable. Highly recommend.
I chose this rating because the short tour of the river I see every day offered historical insights into what I was seeing. This cruise focussed on the working history of the river through what we saw as operational now and the vestiges of the past. The day was perfect for the cruise. The autumn daylight illuminated the traditionally muddy waters of the Fraser River. Thank You!
The paddle wheeler boat tour was excellent! The weather just happened to be perfect - sunny and clear but not too hot - and that added to the satisfaction. Of special note was the person who did the narration; he was so well-informed and told us so many interesting facts and stories about the parts of the river and the bridges as we were passing them that it added immeasurably to the experience. I learned a lot about the Fraser that I didn't know, even though I've lived right alongside it for about 27 years! I'd also like to mention how capable and hard-working the young woman was who took our orders and served us drinks and snacks. All in all a very enjoyable experience. I am definitely going to go on another tour!
It was an awesome experience! I would definately reccommend it!
It was an informative and enjoyable afternoon. We had family in from out of town so it was a great way to share some history with them, and learn something ourselves. The narrator was animated and fun to listen to and our server was great. We would do it again and definitely recommend to others.
The commentator was excellent and greatly added to the enjoyment of the river cruise. We learned a lot about the river which we did not know. The staff were friendly and helpful. Eric Ranger
my friend and I thought there should have been nibbles on the table or available to buy.we also felt at times there was too much commentary.we wanted to talk to our table mates. and sometimes we did not get what he was saying.
Amazing Time! Great Sevice and loved the whole experience! Definitely coming again!!
it was so informative. I learned things I did not know about the Fraser River. I am telling all my friends what a great time we had.
The cruise was very nice, The staff friendly and the tour guides historic knowledge of the area was fabulous!! We really enjoyed our family outing and i would recommend it to others. On another small note.... the boat could use a little clean up inside .
I was looking forward to this afternoon of river cruising on the Paddlewheeler so much that I did not care that the weather had soured and cooled that day. My friends and I had a great time and learned a lot of history from our host during our short voyage. It was very nostalgic and we really liked the crew aboard ship.
- Jackie Haywood
It was a cold, wet day. We were disappointed that you had run out of hot chocolate, however we were comped our hot drinks because we could not get what we ordered. We didn't learn that there were blankets available until well into the trip. However, the serving staff was exceptionally friendly and had mentioned they were short-staffed that day. They were hard working and had great customer service skills. The trip itself was very interesting, well presented and the narrater was well-informed and did not make it 'cute' or corny as I have experienced in similar tours. All of us in our group of 6 were impressed and had a good tip. I would recommend it to others. Good job crew!
Really friendly staff. Great narration of the history of the mighty Fraser. Recommended for all ages.
Entertaining and informative. The staff was attentive providing us with blankets and home made hot chocolate. We had a great time and I am even more in love with New Westminster. Richard H.
The history of the river was very well presented. The server was attentive and pleasant .All 4 of us really enjoyed the afternoon and are looking at booking for Xmas.
Very enjoyable 2 hours Exelent narator
It was very informative and the staff was very friendly and efficient. Great cruise.
Took two other couples with us who have lived here all therelife. They so enjyed it.Great to seeabit of the city with Different view.we also learned a lot.
I was not expecting much from the cruise ( I had originally tried to book the sunset cruise but had to change my plans when I was told it was a party boat with techno music. I was, however, VERY pleasantly surprised - it was AWESOME!!! The cruise was very informative and the crew was awesome!! We were so impressed that we are planning on doing the Pitt River cruise- is there any discount for repeat customers?? Regardless - we had a fabulous time and would highly recommend it to friends!! Thank you for an amazing day - learned so much about a community that I have lived near for my whole life!'
Very friendly & knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended for a casual cruise on the Fraser River.
This is a well-organized event and the historical information provided along the way was very interesting. It was a beautiful day which made the trip even more enjoyable.
we had a great time and learned alot of interesting facts, the narrator of the tour was excellent.
Wonderful experience of the Fraser River, New West Minster, and the great ambiance of the Paddlewheeler. Courteous and friendly crew provide great service off a complete menu. Highly recommend both the Wed and Sat afternoon excursions and the Friday night Pub night excursion. We travel from the States as a couple or on a double-date with friends just to be on this riverboat tour.
A great little tour! guided info tour from very informative staff. Great for Kids too! they have sundaes!!!
Narrator and staff were fantastic, but the boat was a bit dumpy. I also found the size of the cheescake slice for $7 was disappointing.
Excellent afternoon. Staff were amazing.
Very informative tour guide!
Although the boat was a bit outdated we had a great time. Staff was very friendly, drinks were good and fries great. The entire ride was narrated with some very interesting information and history. It was a beautiful day when we went but I think it would not be very good in bad weather.
My guests from Scotland were very impressed and the fellow narrating was the most awesome and he spoke very clearly and everyone could understand what he was saying about the Fraser River and all the workings....Very impressed....
Super friendly staff put it over the top for us. we have relatives visiting in another month and we plan on taking them on one of your excursions. You folks are a real feather in BC's Tourism cap and we plan on using you many more times to come! Thanks for history lessons too!
Kit enough seats outside for sitting.
Well worth it! We received an entertaining and highly informative live narration from the captain. The staff were courteous and quick with our orders. We will certainly recommend this to our friends and family.