A Historic Paddleboat Dinner Tour on the Fraser River

By Kristi Alexandra

It’s one of New Westminster’s most iconic landmarks — the catch is it isn’t always on land. Returning gourmands will be all aboard the Paddlewheeler, the 100-passenger, authentic replica of a sternwheeler that would have worked the mighty Fraser in British Columbia in the mid-19th century and beyond.

Part-epicurean and part-history, the dinner cruise, held October 1st, 2016, is a highlight for the second-annual Feast on the Fraser event put on by Tourism New Westminster.

Kicking off on Sept. 23, the 10-day Feast on the Fraser festival features locally-inspired menus from participating Royal City restaurants — not the least of which includes the back-by-popular-demand dinner cruise.

New Westminster Quay | image by waferboard via Flickr
New Westminster Quay | image by waferboard via Flickr

“While New Westminster is already well known as a food destination in the Lower Mainland, this is a great way to showcase the city’s diverse restaurants – and flavours of the Fraser Valley – in a tasty and creative way,” says Tej Kainth, executive director of Tourism New Westminster.

“The business community loved Feast on the Fraser [last year], because it gives them a chance to collaborate with each other,” Kainth continues. With local restaurants pairing up with businesses in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors, each event is a nourishing experience for body and mind.

As it promises to be, the scenic Fraser River Dinner cruise, which is run in conjunction with the Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, is an imaginative affair that incorporates both New Westminster’s cultural heritage and its local flavour palate.

On board, diners can expect Fraser Valley harvested flavours such as Fraser Valley chicken dishes, locally grown butter lettuce salad, along with pumpkin pie topped with Tre Galli gelato for dessert, and wine by Domaine de Chaberton. That’s not to mention the rolling twilight views of New Westminster Pier Park, the 1904 railway bridge, and the tip of Douglas Island.

“We all know the best flavours are fresh flavours,” says Allison Colthorp, executive director of Tourism Chilliwack. “And that is why The Fraser Valley Group is so excited to be the flavour sponsor of this year’s Feast on the Fraser – where better to get fresh, local, in season products than right at home, where they are grown.”

For more information – or to get your tickets – for the dinner cruise or one of the other experiences at this exciting 10-day culinary event, visit the Feast on the Fraser website. For every event ticket purchased or dine-in experience, you get an entry to win the Ultimate Fraser River Experience, with more than $2000 worth of gift certificates or experiences.