Yukon Queen leaves Dutch Lake

Paddle-wheeler begins trip to Williams Lake after 10 years in Clearwater

The rear wheels of a truck are in Dutch Lake as workers load the Yukon Queen onto it for a trip to Williams Lake on Thursday afternoon

The rear wheels of a truck are in Dutch Lake as workers load the Yukon Queen onto it for a trip to Williams Lake on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 22. The paddle-wheeler was a familiar sight on the lake for about 10 years but has been out of the water for the past two.

Owner Don Nordstrom sold it by auction to a person who wanted to make a restaurant out of it on Stuart Lake near Fort St. James. Finding it too small, the new owner sold it again to a person who wanted it for scrap, but found there was not enough metal in it. It was auctioned off a third time to the present owner, who plans to use if for cruises. The paddle-wheeler was originally built for Expo 86 in Vancouver.Photo by Keith McNeill