Steve Hawchuk, owner and captain of both the MS Paddlewheel Queen and MS Paddlewheel Princess since 1969, is putting the business and boats for sale.

If he can’t find a buyer, then the business will close this spring. The business usually sees about 35,000 passengers a season, but that number had fallen to 15,000 over the recent years due to weather and poor river conditions.

We hope that someone can continue this amazing Winnipeg tradition. The Red River wouldn’t be the Red River without both Paddlewheel’s going through them.


Image 1997-04-5020-06 – Couple on the Red Originally uploaded by dexotaku