Sunsets and Skylines


July 8, 2024

Words by: Brandy Belitsky

All aboard the Edmonton Riverboat

Set amidst the tranquil beauty of the River Valley, the Edmonton Riverboat offers a unique way to experience the North Saskatchewan River and the city’s skyline. Whether it’s a sunny brunch, a buffet dinner, or a serene sunset cruise, the recently renovated Edmonton Queen offers a memorable experience. 

Sip a summer cocktail from one of the two onboard bars while the sun sets over the river with the city’s glass-fronted highrises reflecting off the water. Culinary offerings include lunch and dinner buffets and burgers from the top deck barbecue. The hospitable crew ensures that every moment is enjoyable, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply relaxing with a loved one.

Each trip is distinct and filled with entertainment with special events like the Duelling Pianos and Canada Day cruises providing front-row seats to the city’s impressive fireworks display. For those looking to host private events, the Edmonton Riverboat is a unique venue that combines luxury with panoramic views of the River Valley.

The Edmonton Riverboat has navigated the North Saskatchewan River for nearly three decades. Originally known as the Edmonton Queen, it has changed hands several times since its construction in 1993 by Scott Steel Ltd. and over the years faced numerous challenges from legal battles to financial hurdles.

In 2024, Rob Davy and Eric Warnke purchased the riverboat from Jay Esterer who invested one million dollars into the boat’s improvements, restoring it to like new condition. The 52-meter, steel-hulled paddlewheeler weighs 210 tonnes and comfortably accommodates over 300 passengers.

With tickets available online, planning your visit is easy and convenient. Stay updated on cruise schedules and special events by following the Edmonton Riverboat on social media or subscribing to their newsletter.

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