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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
+1 604-932-3111
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Guided canoe tour on River of Golden Dreams

Charlie, our guide, was very patient, informative, and kind on our private tour of the River of... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
olygirl72
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Olympia, WA
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Guided canoe trip down the River of Golden Dreams

We reserved an early afternoon guided trip online ahead of our trip to Whistler. The rentals are... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
_saxbass63
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College Grove, Tennessee
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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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3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Charlie, our guide, was very patient, informative, and kind on our private tour of the River of Golden Dreams. The staff during check in were professional as well. Canoeing on the lake was easier than the River, but we enjoyed it just the same. We...More

Thank olygirl72
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

All in all, the prettiest place we have ever canoed or kayaked. wow! may we use your comment on our web site? Glad you had fun cheers Eric

Reviewed 4 July 2017

We reserved an early afternoon guided trip online ahead of our trip to Whistler. The rentals are located in a park on Alta Lake so we arrived early to enjoy a picnic lunch we picked up at the market in Whistler Village. They were ready...More

1  Thank _saxbass63
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

HI _saxbass63 thanks for your review Based on it we elected Yonnik our employee of the week. :) cheers Eric

Reviewed 30 June 2017

I strongly recommend Backroads Whistler for a trip down The River Of Golden Dreams. If you have never been down the R.O.G.D. in a canoe, you absolutely have to, if you ever get the chance. If you are fortunate enough to get the chance, do...More

1  Thank Jamie M
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Hi Jamie M Thanks for your review Having paddled the river several times like you have lets new guests know how great it is cheers Eric

Reviewed 3 June 2017

In May 2017 we decided to do SUP and Canoe on Alta Lake in Whistler. We called in the morning and made a reservation for the afternoon. When we showed up at Backroads they had lost our reservation and all the canoes were gone. This...More

Thank HaraldMayn
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Hello HaraldMayn Thanks for your review. We seamlessly host thousands of guests each summer. From time to time things find a crack to slip through. Sounds like this happened to you. Our apologies. I'm happy to make this inconvenience right for you. Given Trip Advisor...More

Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We took the two person per boat canoe tour. The tour starts with a mini bus ride to Lake Alta. The guides were very friendly and do most of the heavy lifting of the canoes. Once aboard you paddle out to the middle of the...More

Thank Lisa V
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

HI Lisa V Thanks for your excellent review We've made some changes to the take out. it's less steep now have a great summer Eric

Reviewed 28 August 2016

We have been visiting Whistler twice a year for the past 15 years. In August we decided to do a little Kayaking. I called backroads in the morning and made a reservation for 2:30 that afternoon. When I spoke to the lady on the phone...More

2  Thank MaryD14
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2016

HI Mary D Thanks for your review. When you checked in at 2:15 15 minutes prior to our river orientation we were awaiting boats to come back from our morning trips. This is normal operations for us, boats go out in the morning and are...More

Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We hired some Stand Up Paddleboards to go on Alta Lake. The boards were ok but they are very generic and the staff do not take account of the weight of the paddler when giving you your board. My paddle was held together with duct...More

1  Thank snowflake71
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review Hi Snowflake71 Thanks for your review. We have 4 different models of Stand Up Paddle boards and 7 different sizes. (we are a demo center allowing guests to get on...More

Reviewed 25 August 2016

My family and I (2 adults & 3 kids 10-14 yrs) hired 2 canoes from this organisation. Whilst my husband is an experienced canoer; I am not. We were given clear instructions, appropriate equipment. On our return we were given a list back to our...More

Thank henryabi
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2016

Good morning Henryabi Thanks for your review. I think you are the first customer we've ever had be so fired up to communicate to our staff what a good job they do by using our guides radios. i.e. for you others reading Henryabi used our...More

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Family of 4 (kids 9 & 7) took a canoe down the river of golden dreams on a hot and sunny day. Had great fun especially trying to navigate the beaver dams without having to get out the canoe (according to the kids we beat...More

Thank MrPlant7
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2016

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the river and the kids got to see first hand some true Canadiana We've been working with the resort for some years to by pass having to use the portage trailers in late summer and re establish a...More

Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Courtney went above and beyond to help two stranded women from Vancouver. Thank you so very much! Can't wait to return to see our favourite river guide. Tara and Alana

Thank bunnybear2
Eric W, Manager at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

HI bunnybear2 thanks for your review Court rocks! thanks cheers Eric

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awillmann
6 July 2017|
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Response from Eric W | Property representative |
Hi awillmann When we designed this trip we realized most of our guests would be inexperienced paddlers hence the 3 hour round trip. This gives them plenty of time to get used to the boat in the lake before heading to the... More
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Catalina B
6 June 2017|
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Response from Eric W | Property representative |
Hello Catalina Thanks for your question. Yes it is best to make a reservation. In August water levels are good for your families ages. The 13 year old is likely strong enough to paddle a single kakak on their own. The 11 and... More
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Eric W
29 July 2016|
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HI Juli and Bergie I have no idea why TA has my question to Walter G in your inbox or whereever it is. thanks for coming on our river trip, I'll try to figure this out cheers Eric
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