Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours is a sightseeing company that offers boat trips and cruise excursions along the Fraser River in New Westminster.
Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
New Westminster’s Paddlewheeler runs regularly between early May and late September most years. It also offers special holiday-themed cruises at St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween and Christmas.
We at Vancouver’s Best Places have never actually been on one of their trips, but they sound enjoyable. Last time we checked, Google Reviews gave them a 4.3 score out of 5, and reviews are about the same on Yelp, so that’s fairly good.
If you ever happen to be in New Westminster and are wondering what to do, check them out.
Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat tours usually offers a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise each year close to February 14th. In 2022 the event ran from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Saturday, February 12th. It featured a three-course meal.
Ticket prices for the 2022 event were around $200 for a couple or $120 for a single ticket, plus taxes and gratuity.
Vancouver Boat Parties is a party boat company that operates out of downtown Vancouver. It hosts a special Valentine’s Day yacht party most years too. See our article about Vancouver Boat Parties for details.
St. Patrick’s Day Cruises
In the spring Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours usually offers a couple of Irish-themed cruises. They are for adults only (ages 19+) and take place on a Friday and Saturday night close to St. Patrick’s Day (which is always on March 17th). Both trips usually run from around 6:00 until 9:00 pm.
In 2022 there was just one St. Patrick’s Day cruise, and it ran on March 19th. A three-course meal was included.
TIP: If you like the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day out on the water, but don’t want to head all the way to New Westminster, check out Vancouver Boat Parties which offers cruises around False Creek, English Bay and Vancouver Harbour.
During the holiday season Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours offers several Christmas-themed cruises. These cruises are suitable for folk of all ages and take place throughout the month of December.
Guests can choose from a few different cruises during the Christmas season. There’s the Christmas Dinner Cruises, which run on December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 29th and 30th in 2022. Fort Langley’s “Christmas in the Village” Cruise takes place on December 17th.
Prices vary depending on the cruise, ranging from around $120 to $160 or so per adult. Children’s tickets range from around $50 to $75, and little kids ages 5 and under ride for free. All prices are plus taxes and tips.
Also on offer most years are Family Fun on the Paddlewheeler and the Christmas Carol Evening River Cruise. 2024 details are to be confirmed.
New Year’s Eve Cruise
In years without global pandemics, Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours offers an adults-only New Year’s Eve cruise on December 31st. It’s a four hour special event and includes music, dancing, appetizers and a glass of champagne at midnight.
For ideas about other things to do in December in the Lower Mainland, click Christmas Activities in Vancouver.
For information about boat cruises around the City of Vancouver, see our article about Vancouver Boat Parties.
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- Lower Mainland Sightseeing Tours
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- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar