Boat History

The Canandaigua Lady is a 19th century steamboat replica and an authentic double-decker paddle wheeler operating on Canandaigua Lake. Enjoy a meal or just cruise into relaxation while listening to a captivating narration on our sixty-five ton Mississippi style paddle wheel boat. We offer Lunch, Dinner, and Excursion Cruises during our May through October season.  There are tasting and themed cruises throughout the season. 

The Canandaigua Lady features an Americana theme and is equipped with heating and air conditioning and is handicap accessible.  The entire True Sternwheeler can accommodate up to 146 passengers between the upper and lower decks.  The Lower Deck is enclosed with ample window viewing while the Upper Deck is open with a partial roof.  The Upper Deck has a maximum capacity of 75 people therefore; we offer an optional upgrade for an additional fee for passengers who would like to guarantee their access.  

Docking on the Northern Shoreline of Canandaigua Lake since 1989, the Lady is a proud successor to locally famous steamboats that operated on the Finger Lakes between 1820 and 1930. At one time, there were 19 steamboats that operated as the primary means of transportation, as there were no roads along the lake at the time. Whether you are an area local or a visiting tourist, the Canandaigua Lady boat tour is an attraction that is memorable for all!  Take a cruise with us and learn more fun facts about the Steamboat Era, Canandaigua Lake, the Seneca Indian Nation and much more!

The Lady is available for private charters, upper deck rentals, and group tours.  The Lady is a distinctive venue for any event looking for a picturesque and unforgettable location.  The Canandaigua Lady hosts events such as anniversary, birthday, and bachelor/ette parties.  The boat provides a fresh take for any corporate event or meeting.  It is a fun-filled venue for family and school reunions.  The Lady is an ideal spot for a rehearsal dinner which showcases the beautiful Finger Lakes Region first hand to your wedding party and out of town guests.  Sail into wedded bliss with your loved ones for your ceremony and/or reception on board our Paddle wheeler.