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JOINT VANCOUVER & FRASER BRANCH: Discover the Fraser by Boat – Industrial History, Wildlife and Remedial Efforts along the Fraser River

June 17, 2017 - 10:45am to 2:45pm


An Innovation Event – Boat Tour

Discover the Fraser - The Industrial History, Wildlife and Remedial Efforts along the Fraser River

Saturday June 17, 2017   

10:45 am – 2:45 pm

Come and join us for a boat tour of the Fraser River! While onboard, you will be immersed in the industrial history and evolution of its shoreline, and will have the opportunity to see the ever-changing view of the longest river in British Columbia (1375 km). Your 3-hour voyage will take you from Canada’s largest port, up river to Surrey past the newly completed 10-lane Port Mann Bridge. As we sail the calm waters you will learn about some of the remedial efforts that have taken place on the Fraser and the unique ecology found in a freshwater and marine environment. We’ll get up to the Douglas Island Wildlife Preserve, as well as to the mouth of the Pitt River. Get your cameras ready! There will be plenty of opportunities to view wildlife and the beautiful scenery while onboard the tour. Lunch will be provided on the boat and a cash bar will be available from the Galley Bar. It will be a fun-filled interactive day of learning and soaking up the beauty of our surroundings. http://www.vancouverpaddlewheeler.com/ 

MEETING LOCATION     Vancouver Paddlewheeler Office (780 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC V3M 6Z6)  MAP to LOCATION

ITINERARY                         Download Poster of Event

  • 10:45-11:00am: Check in at meeting location (Vancouver Paddlewheeler Office)
  • 11:00-11:30am: Walk down the boardwalk and board the boat
  • 11:30-2:30pm: Boat tour begins, starting at Westminster Quay and going upstream to Douglas Island and back, lunch will be provided on the boat and a cash bar will be available
  • 2:30-2:45pm: Unload from the boat 


Industrial History and Wildlife along the Fraser River:  Mark MacKenzie

Mark is a ship engineer who has been involved in heritage preservation of museum sternwheelers such as the 1898 SS Moyie National Historic Site and New Westminster’s own Samson V Maritime Museum, the 1937-built sternwheeler that was the last steam powered paddlewheeler to run in Canada. He has a strong background in heritage site management and has been involved in various restoration projects along the Fraser River. Mark will take us through the evolution of the Fraser River shoreline and ecology of the area. Mark will talk about the history of the Fraser River, from the local Kwantlen village of Quay Quayt, Simon Fraser’s epic journey down river in 1808 and the establishment of New Westminster by the Royal Engineers in 1858. He will guide us through some of the riotous history of the area, from land-speculators, political rivalries and the gold-rush, the boom in canneries and sawmilling on the Fraser to the modern port operating here today.


  • BCIA members - $55
  • Guests (non-members) - $75

The maximum capacity for the event is 100 people.

Members, please register online (below).  

Phone registration & payment; call BC Toll Free: 1-877-855-9291 or (250) 380-9292     OR download and complete the Registration form and return to admin@bcia.com

Registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, June 8, 2017 to confirm the booking. Registrations after this date will not be accepted.

No refunds after June 8.

Questions can be directed to:  PD-Vancouver@email.bcia.com                                

PARKING:            There is no parking on-site due to construction but alternative parking is available at: 

  • Advanced Parking: 900 Quayside Drive – Cost is $1.25 per hour or $6.25 all day
  • Advanced Parking: 750 Quayside Drive – Cost is $1.25 per hour or $6.25 all day
  • Impark: 700 Royal Avenue (at the corner of Victoria Street)
  • Impark: 511 Columbia Street (at the corner of Church Street)

TRANSIT:             Paddlewheeler Boat Tours is across the street from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station.


CYCLING:             Bicycle racks are available right outside the River Market boardwalk.