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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

Whistler, Canada
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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The river is heaps of fun. People come back year after year to paddle it. It's a twisty turny shallow flat water (no rapids) creek that winds it's way through Whistlers wetlands. We'll start you off with a river orientation, give you steering tips, lifejackets and all your gear. You start on the lake to get used to your boats then enter the river. It's not just a float, you have to steer your boat around the corners or get stuck in the streamside foliage. Single kayaks are the easiest boat to use but Canadian Canoes are way more fun as you have to coordinate with your partner navigating the corners. We call them the divorce boats!:) We have beginners to experts join us. Often paddlers without moving water experience hire one of our guides. Either way we're happy to answer all your questions so you have a memorable time.
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KLJYVR wrote a review Jul. 2021
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Paddling down the River of Golden Dreams was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Whistler. My son and I rented a canoe and did a self guided trip. It was so much fun and we really had to work as a team, firstly to cross the lake and then to navigate the river. There were areas that ran faster, some that brought us to a stop at a dam mid stream, and places where we had to paddle hard to avoid low hanging branches on the sides. Because the water level was low we actually had to get out, put our canoe onto a trolley and pull it along a trail to where the river was deep enough to paddle again. This actually added to the experience - not only did we have to work as a team, but it really felt like an adventure. Along the river banks we saw a variety of birds and, when we stopped paddling, we enjoyed the sound of silence. It was magical. I highly recommend this trip, in fact we'll definitely be doing again!
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Date of experience: July 2021
Alana P wrote a review Jun. 2021
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Amazing tour, different to a lot of kayaking experiences. Would definitely recommend it to individuals, couples, families or groups of friends!
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Date of experience: June 2021
NancyC wrote a review Sep. 2020
West Kelowna, Canada3 contributions
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
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
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