Fraser River Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

Discover the Fraser River River: Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

This past summer, the Surrey604 team explored something we all generally overlook, sometimes even take for granted, the Fraser River. There is more to the mighty river than just tugboats and driftwood.

Helga Leaney - Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
(Helga Leaney, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours)

The Fraser has been an integral part of the Lower Mainland’s growth from the very beginning and Surrey604 took a crash course in history thanks to Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours “Gateway to British Columbia’s History”.

Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours - riding down the Fraser river

Captain Doug Leaney, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
(Captain Doug Leaney, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours)

The Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour company, which is based across the river in New Westminster, is owned and operated by Doug and Helga Leaney. Captain Doug and his crew welcomed us aboard and gave us exclusive access to the bridge. They run year round and offer various tours and events. We chose “Discover the Fraser” which includes a buffet lunch.

Buffet lunch Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

Refreshments on Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

On deck Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

Tour Guide Mark Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
(Tour guide Mark kept us informed of all the history along the way)

Along the scenic journey, we had the pleasure of getting an up close look at the original predecessor of the Pattullo Bridge (built in 1904).

Crank Railway Bridge beside Pattullo

You may recognize it as the weird thing that looks like a bridge with a piece of it in the middle facing the opposite way. It turns out that back in the day one man would crank the bridge in place for people and cargo to cross to the other side. Talk about a work out!

Grant's Landing, Langley - Houseboats along Fraser River
(Grant’s Landing, Langley Houseboats along Fraser River)

As the tour carried on, we even discovered a new community of houseboats near Walnut Grove that we had never known of thanks to our friendly tour mates.

The view from the bridge of Paddlewheeler boat 'the Native'

The mini blast from the past was nothing short of spectacular. It was great to learn about our local history. We have an amazing story right here in our backyard and you can start exploring it with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours on the Fraser River.

Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
(Paddlewheeler ‘The Native’ docked at Fort Langley. Passengers visit Fort Langley before the return voyage to New West.)

Thanks again to Doug and Helga for giving us such a wonderful experience. I highly recommend to everyone, take a riverboat tour and see your home from a whole new perspective!

Some of the Surrey604 team with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour Captain Doug Leaney
(Fatima Beatty, Daman Beatty & Esmir Milavic of Surrey604 with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour Captain Doug Leaney)

Video: Surrey604 takes a Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour

(Video highlights from our Discover the Fraser Tour)

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View the photo gallery from our trip on our Facebook page…

Sukhdip Basra
Raised in Surrey and armed with a business degree from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, Sukh is an aspiring entrepreneur. With a particular interest in technology startups, he connects our local businesses with the community.