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  • For a really unique evening out, I would recommend dinner and river tour on a historic paddlewheeler riverboat up the Fraser River from New Westminster to Fort Langley, BC
  • We enjoyed chatting with the other passengers, as we were all seated at one long table

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      For a really unique evening out, I would recommend dinner and river tour on a historic paddlewheeler riverboat up the Fraser River from New Westminster to Fort Langley, BC. The food is very good, and you can actually learn a lot about the history of the river and the fur trade. Although I would recommend going with a group of friends and booking the tickets ahead of time, I actually went on this adventure completely on a whim, and it proved to be a great time.

      Recently, I was spending the afternoon at the New Westminster Quay with a friend, doing some shopping in the market and walking along the riverfront. We saw a sign on the dock advertising Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises on the authentic’MV Native,’ which is always docked here. One tour that caught


      our eye was a five hour dinner excursion, sailing up the Fraser River to Fort Langley, which is one of first cities founded in the province, and attending the historic fort and watching a re-creation of the fur traders and settlers lives, acted by local theater students, and then sailing back downriver to New Westminster. Since neither of us had plans for that evening, we purchased tickets (only $69.99 per person!), and boarded the steamboat.

      Once onboard, we were given a quick overview of the schedule. I honestly did not know how dinner could possibly be prepared in such a small area, but they kept the guests to just 12, and prepared the meal in the ship’s galley. After we left the harbour, we were given the menus-the wine at dinner was included in the ...


      • price, but all other drinks were available for an extremely low price. We ordered two martinis and took a seat on deck to watch our progress. Although it was a bit cool on deck, it was a beautiful trip. About 45 minutes into the voyage, we were summoned for dinner. We were able to order a choice of five or six entrées, as well as soup or salad, and a dessert. It was very good-nothing super fancy, but very tasty. I had a chicken cordon bleu and my friend had pasta. We enjoyed chatting with the other passengers, as we were all seated at one long table. During the meal, some of the history of the river was read out by the captain. The serving staff was excellent and the meal was very enjoyable.
        We were told that we would be having dessert and coffee on the trip home.

        We arrived in the port at Fort Langley and walked a short distance to the fort. We were taken on tour of the buildings and grounds, all the while watching actors portray fur traders, hunters, members of the Hudson Bay trading company and their families going about their daily tasks. We were served hot chocolate, and then walked back to the paddle wheeler. On the way home, while the darkness settled in around the little boat, we enjoyed gran mariners and coffee and dessert. We arrived back at the dock just before 10pm, tired but relaxed. This is a great evening out, for an extremely reasonable price, and you might even learn something of the history of the river during the trip!




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