Boat History

Docking on the Northern Shoreline of Canandaigua Lake since 1989

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!

Taste the Lakeside Life Aboard the Canandaigua Lady!

Follow Finger Lakes Visitors Connection Insiders Sue and Sara as they escape the office for an afternoon cruise on the Canandaigua Lady Paddle Wheel Boat- a 19th century replica of a double-decker steamboat that operates from Canandaigua’s Steamboat Landing on Lakeshore Drive.

Virtual Tour


“The Canandaigua Lady staff were wonderful throughout! The wait staff was friendly and did a wonderful job of serving such a large number in such a short time without making anyone feel rushed.”

“The food was copious and delicious! Everyone had a marvelous time.”

“The Lady’s Captain accommodated the last two party members who arrived a little late and even allowed the few children who were with us to visit the wheelhouse and see what it was like.”

“The folks who were visiting the area for the first time really enjoyed seeing the view from the water, and even many of the people from the Finger Lakes area had never been aboard the Canandaigua Lady so it was an enjoyable experience for them as well.”

“The time on board really allowed people to meet and mingle. The atmosphere was relaxed (because everything was handled so smoothly) and a joyous occasion. For us this was a perfect example of what a rehearsal dinner should be: the joyful, stress-free coming together of two families and friends before the formal joining of the wedding ceremony.”

“My wife and I were very pleased with the planning done for us. The food and bar service were excellent. All items were served at appropriate temperatures and our guests were very pleased with the entire event. The staff did an excellent job. We will definitely plan another party with The Canandaigua Lady in the future! Thanks so much.”

The Canandaigua Lady is the Proud Winner of:

Best Boat Tour “2018 Best of the Finger Lakes” & “2018, 2019 & 2020 Finger Lakes Times Readers’ Choice Awards”