The M/V Canadian Empress is a 66 passenger replica steamboat. She was built in 1981 and designed to reflect the classic style of North American turn-of-the-century riverboats. The Canadian Empress is 108′ in length, 30′ across the beam and shallow in draft. Her size allows her to navigate freely among the islands and through locks, some of which are inaccessible to larger vessels; thus providing close-up, “reach out and touch” scenic experiences. One of the most appealing features of the M/V Canadian Empress is her intimacy and friendliness which, of course, is derived from her size.

Marriage of Classic and Modern

While cruising aboard this vessel, passengers are able to experience the marriage of classic steamboat style to modern technology against a backdrop of fabulous ports of call, a congenial Canadian crew committed to excellence in comfort and service, modern conveniences and amenities. The interior of this vessel is designed in charming early heritage style. Whether it is elegant furnishing, or the brass handrails complemented by ornate metal ceilings, this vessel truly does recapture the grace of a turn-of-the-century lifestyle.

Comfortable and Secure

Your ship is built to be secure and comfortable in all seasons, under all conditions, as you move along calm waters. With 32 staterooms we can accomodate everyone’s needs.


  • Launched Sept. 1981
  • 108′ in Length (32.9 metres)
  • 30′ beam (9.15 metres)
  • 4’9″ Draft (1.49 metres)
  • 32 Air-Conditioned Staterooms
  • 14 Crew Members
  • Carries 66 Passengers
  • Twin 135 kw Generators
  • Twin 365 H.P. Volvo Propulsion Engines
  • Hydraulic Steering Thruster in Bow
  • Radar Equipped, 321 Tons Displacement
  • Satellite Positioning & Speed Indicator Top