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Address: 4308 Main Street, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-935-4900
Today
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River of Golden Dreams (RGD) canoe and kayak tour offered by Whistler Eco...

River of Golden Dreams (RGD) canoe and kayak tour offered by Whistler Eco Tours (WET). The RGD has had canoes paddling down it since 1914. This is Whistler's original tour and is a can't miss when visiting Whistler. The river levels vary depending on the time of year due to snow melt, so please be prepared. Always best, safest and most informative to take a naturalist guide with you. WET offers Private Guided Tours, Guided Tours and for those who are experienced Self Guided Tours. You may take the journey in a canoe, kayak, double kayak or a SUP.We at strive on customer service and have the best trained and qualified guides, the best equipment and the best tour. The tour is 3 hours door to door with free Hotel pick up and drop off.

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Great Fun Family Activity

Our family of 4 (include 2 teenagers aged 14 and 16) decided at last minute to do a kayak trip down the River of Golden Dreams. It was on Sun Sept 4 with cloudy weather. We took... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
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North Vancouver, Canada

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The River of Golden Dreams kayak trip seemed like an ideal activity for us -- a 2-3 hour trip across Alta Lake and down the Golden River of Dreams. Flat steady current and no rapids, ideal for our experience level. The trip starts with a trek across Alta Lake which offers unbelievable views of the towering mountains that make up... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Yes the river get s low in late summer and we try to ensure all guests are notified of the levels. In the spring the river is the exact opposite and we have to be clear that the flow is fast with a lot of water flow. The river is never the same. Glad our staff... More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Our family of 4 (include 2 teenagers aged 14 and 16) decided at last minute to do a kayak trip down the River of Golden Dreams. It was on Sun Sept 4 with cloudy weather. We took the 3PM self guided kayak trip. Each of us took a single kayak. The trip started with a short 10 min drive from... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks for tour review. Please come try the river again when the water levels are higher for a completely different experience. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks Keenan More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was given a kayaking trip along The River of Golden Dreams by daughter during a trip to BC in Juky, I didn't really know what to expect, was it going to be a fast moving group event or a more leisurely affair? Well it was fantastic there were 3 boats so just 6 of us including our wonderful guide... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks Harriet I am so happy you and your family had a great time. As you mentioned not only are our guides there to provide safety and paddling tips, they are a book of knowledge of the region which makes the Guided Tour so much more satisfying. "Edu-tainment" we call it and Andrew, one of our Lead Guides is absolutely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

When water level is good this is a fun family excursion. When its low its just plain damn hard work.

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks Bill. Yes when the river is flowing it is less work. July is a good month to paddle the river. Though as mentioned by a client in September when the water flow is low it too can be a blast shooting the beaver dams. A different yet fun challenge as well. In the spring the river is more for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This trip is a blast! The people in the store were very friendly and our guide Serge was great, very personable and quite knowledgable about the Whistler area. As we paddled through Alta lake and the river he pointed out the various mountain peaks and suggested some of the hikes in the area. We were also lucky enough to paddle... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The Pedal/ Paddle Combo Tour is really an amazing way to take in Whistler. Our well trained Guides, like Serge makes it that more enjoyable. Hats off to Serge and the rest of our Guides who are here to share their knowledge and make your Whistler adventure memorable. Thanks Keenan More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

We took the self-guided tour, two single kayaks down. I am a fairly experienced paddler but my wife is just starting to learn - we both had a great time. This quick route gives you a taste of three different paddles - gorgeous lake, quiet creek, and then medium-speed river. Good service by the guides - pay attention to their... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks Ian. The paddle is great fun right now with 3 types of conditions as you mentioned. This time of year the river does increase in volume and speed. Do not let the River's name fool you. If you are inexperienced please book a Guided Tour. It is actually less expensive rather than needing a rescue which comes along with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

We have done the pedal and paddle tour (mountain bike and kayaking) which took us roughly 4 hours @ 300$ per couple which is the best bang for the buck you will be able to get in Whistler. The moderate difficulty was perfect for people who had done kayak and biking once of twice in the past couple years. Chris... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thank-you so much for submitting such a nice review. Chris is one of our lead Guides who has been with us since we opened 15 years ago. He is extremely knowledgable and an amazing guide ( he ski guides for W/B in the winter). He also teaches and shares his knowledge and expertise with our newer guides so that all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

A float down the river of Golden Dreams is a must on your Summer trip to Whistler. Mid Summer the water levels may fluctuate making the float a bit challenging, so inquire ahead of time.. Whistler Eco Tours is a great local company to enjoy the trip with. Guided or on your own too if you wish. Give it a... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks Mikey It really is a can't miss summer activity. Call us for river levels. Thanks Keenan More 

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Best done in early summer when the water levels are higher. It's a lovely paddle another a waterway that is more like a stream than a river, passing through forest and marsh lands. Possible to see beavers that make their home along the river. Whistler Eco Tours does the only lake-to-lake paddle going from one end of Alta Lake right... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Was lucky to have a great guide who went over and above . Excellent review of paddling ability, explained the trip and worked with us on making sure we would have an enjoyable time. Both myself and wife are recreational paddlers and it gives you confidence when you see your guide is well versed and gets to know your ability... More 

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks Jack for the fine review. Andrew Logan has been and continues to be one of our lead Guides. He also teaches snowboarding in the Winter for W/B. extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The ideal combination for the ideal canoe/ kayak/ sup guide. Thank-you Andrew. Keenan Moses More 

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