One of Saskatoon’s most iconic tourist attractions, the Prairie Lily River Boat, began its boating season on the South Saskatchewan River on Saturday.
This is in stark contrast to the season start times of the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We’ve started on June 24 and July 1 for the past two years,” said Joan Steckhan, co-owner and purser of the riverboat.
“We only raced a three-month season, only starting in July, we did a lot of construction work (on the boat). It’s good to race a full season.
Sarah Berger of Tourism Saskatoon says the Prairie Water Lily signifies the start of summer for the bridge city and is truly one of the most unique experiences for any resident or out-of-town visitor. .
“When we hear that the Prairie Lily is launched for the first sail of the year, we know summer is really here. We can dust off those sandals and put away the winter coats and enjoy what Saskatoon has to offer. during the summer months,” Berger said.
“If you haven’t done a ride on the Prairie Lily, I suggest you do it sooner rather than later, (it’s a) great way to see the city from the river, enjoy the fun,” added Shepherd.
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Steckhan hopes the 2022 season will go smoothly after the successful business resumed the past two years due to pandemic-related health restrictions.
The boat can hold 119 people at full capacity but chooses to operate around 100 people on board in both the upstairs and downstairs areas of the boat.
“Last summer we sold out all of our summer cruises through September until July 15,” adds Steckhan.
All things considered, the staff and crew of the Bateau-Mouche are grateful to have been able to get through the pandemic, still operating.
“We have lost about a third of the passenger ships that were sailing across Canada due to COVID-19. We are incredibly grateful to have been able to weather the storm.
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Steckhan says the Mother’s Day brunch is sold out, however, there were vacancies for the sails later on Sunday.
The season generally runs from May through Labor Day weekend in September.
Steckhan adds that they will also have special guests throughout the sailing season.
For more information or to book, visit the Prairie Lily website.
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