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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

Whistler, Canada
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About Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams
Discover Whistler's original summer activity the legendary River of Golden Dreams and scenic Alta Lake – The flat water river is more than just a float it’s a Exploring Adventure. Beaver, Eagles, Osprey, Heron’s and even Black Bears are regular sights will have you eagerly wondering what’s around the next bend in the river including spectacular views of mountain peaks in a natural environment. Our River trips have limited availability and often sell out, please pre book to assure your spot. Unlike an amusement park ride River of Golden Dreams trips allow you to be an active participant. One of the reasons people keep coming back to paddle the river is it is different every time they come. In the spring the water levels can be high and moving though always flat and no rapids. By mid-summer water levels are gentle. By late summer the beaver start rebuilding their dams creating pools to paddle in. Water levels are low and steering the boat properly avoids obstacles. Guides are recommended though experienced river paddlers go unguided. It’s most certainly not what you expected. Our staff present river orientations to make this a fun, eco-friendly, educational exploring outing. Located at Lakeside Park minutes from Whistler Village. Free Transportation is available for River of Golden Dreams Tours from all Whistler Village hotels and vacation/ holiday accommodations.
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NancyC wrote a review Sep. 2020
West Kelowna, Canada1 contribution
A group of 4 of us did the self guided tour, one of which was kayaking on her own for the first time, and loved it. The trip was super fun, easy with just a few fun bumps in the proverbial road - beaver dams, which you had to navigate, which only added to the fun, and an easy assisted portage in the middle. It was beautiful, and the staff are amazing, super friendly, and take care of getting you out and back safely. Highly recommended for the whole family!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Nathalie wrote a review Aug. 2020
Princeton, Canada10 contributions
The self guided canoeing trip down the river of golden dreams was a lot of fun. We had 2 canoes with 3 people in each. It was a beautiful day and very quiet. There were many beaver dams to go over so I don’t recommend using an inflatable. We were picked up at the end and brought back. Everything was perfect!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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christina6425 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Chilliwack, Canada4 contributions
Rented Kayaks, friendly knowledgeable staff! Reasonable rental prices. We had a wonderful time kayaking on beautiful Alta Lake, highly recommend renting from Backroad Whistler.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Humphrey M wrote a review Aug. 2020
Burnaby, Canada89 contributions61 helpful votes
It was a fun and relaxing experience. We didn't used the guided tour. The water level was pretty low so there were sections needed to carry the canoe over logs and sandbars. I would say there was part of the fun experience. The staff was very friendly and professional during the pre-trip orientation and pack-up service at the end of the river. I would recommend this tour to anyone has some outdoor experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Lisa M wrote a review Jul. 2020
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The river itself was amazing. But there was very little direction for the self guided tour. We couldn’t find the entrance to the river. Once we were done we had no idea what we were suppose to do. We had to wait for a long time and help get all the kayak and canoes loaded (which was fine if we expected that) at the end. THEN we were all loaded into a bus together! There was NO COVID PRECAUTIONS AT ALL. A bit more communication and covid precautions would be a complete game changer. The staff was friendly and the River was AMAZING!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from BackroadsWhistler, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams
Responded Jul. 12, 2020
Thank you for your review and we are happy you had a great river trip! Our staff appreciated the gratuity you gave them. One of the reasons guests love to Adventure on their Own on our unguided trip is they get to explore, discover something new and find the secret entrance to the river. That’s why people love paddling the river….the feeling of accomplishment, they did it! We do also offer guided trips for those who prefer not to navigate themselves. The river orientation gave you the information you needed for the river. Given it’s a go with the flow trip guests arrival times are all a bit different but usually within 15 minutes of each other. We don’t tell you everything or it wouldn’t be an adventure. Our BC Health Covid precautions have been working seamlessly, which may be why you didn't notice them. We have new digital check-in stations (which are 2 meters apart) and our Lifejacket and Paddle locker area that has staff greeting guests at a distance. Our return shuttle bus follows BC Transit guidelines, for example: less people per load and doubled our trips so when guests like yourself arrive early (or late) wait times are shorter. We also sanitize the vehicle between trips. Hope to see you soon, we guarantee the river will be different each time you paddle it.
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