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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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Laid back approach, not for beginners

We did this trip on a wet day, and apparently were the only people on the river that afternoon. We... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Plumley042
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Less 1/3 distance than before

The entire distance of canoeing is less than before. Spend sometime to research and found the big... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
Sidney T
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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 August 2016 via mobile

We did this trip on a wet day, and apparently were the only people on the river that afternoon. We booked late, but were welcomed onsite. One of the staff gave us a brief rundown on how to handle a canoe, and what to expect...More

1  Thank Plumley042
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Morning Plumley042 Thanks for sharing your review. Yes we do offer a river orientation and brief instruction to unguided guests though for more in depth information guests should go guided. As water levels do change daily based on temperature and snow melt unguided guests should...More

Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The entire distance of canoeing is less than before. Spend sometime to research and found the big area has sold to foreign buyer, this is no good. But still lots fun for kids.More

1  Thank Sidney T
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2016

HI Sydney T Thanks for being a repeat guest on the river. It is unfortunate the resort did not buy the Edgewater property. At 11 million.....I gather budgets did not allow. That said a boat put in take out on the south shores of Green...More

Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

not really worth the money. 80 dollars for 1hour and a half of cayaking. it was suposed to take about 3 hours to do the tour.More

1  Thank Wouter G
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2016

Hi Wouter G Eric here, I own Backroads Whistler. Would you contact me to discuss your trip? fun@backroadswhistler.com Given you paddled the river in 1.5 hours puts you in the expert category for sure. When creating this trip itinerary I had to look at what...More

Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Great fun absolutely loved it . Now to be honest I'd never been in a canoe before so when guide said nobody had ever capsized before and I went straight over it wasn't a good start 😂😂. The lake was a bit choppy but once...More

Thank reloader22
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2016

HI Reloader22 thanks for your review, glad you had a great trip. Flips do happen from time to time, @00.4% still you like thousands of other River of Golden Dreams paddlers love it. I look forward to hosting you again cheers Eric

Reviewed 13 July 2016

We rented kayaks for the river of golden dreams last week. It was a very pretty paddle and we had a fun time. Weather wasn't fantastic but we still really enjoyed it. Backroads whistler was easy to fine and were a great help - thanks!

Thank Jennifer S
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2016

Good morning Jennifer S Thanks for your review. Paddling the river on a not perfect weather day is like you said 'really enjoyed it' hope you have a great summer cheers Eric

Reviewed 3 July 2016

I grew up in Whistler and paddled the river many times in my teens so I thought it would be fun to do it with my kids. We all had a good time but it isn't worth the price. A better idea would be drive...More

2  Thank chelan2015
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2016

Good morning Chelan2015 Thanks for your review Yes there are many options on how to organise River of Golden Dreams paddles. the boat bike shuttle is one for sure that can be fun for the whole family. You will remember back some years ago the...More

Reviewed 27 June 2016

This was the highlight of our trip to Whistler. We had a beautiful day on a nice river with an incredible view. The river has just the right amount of slow and fast areas to keep the tour interesting. The only downside is running into...More

Thank Bergie44
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

HI Bergie44 thanks for your review glad you had a fun outing cheers Eric

Reviewed 20 June 2016

Even though we went on a rainy day (not too cold), kayaking the River of Golden Dreams was wonderful. Of course, we had rain gear on; jacket and pants. We navigated the river without a guide and were picked up right at the time we...More

Thank Juli T
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Hi Juli T thanks for your note It's great to hear you know good gear from bad. We do like providing quality equipment for you hope to see you again Eric

Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

My parents, boyfriend and I went on the wildlife twilight tour in canoes, and we had a great time! Our guide Jason was so helpful and patient, which made all the difference because we were largely water-illiterate, but we quickly caught on thanks to his...More

Thank Claire A
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

HI Claire A thanks for the review Jason is a valued member of our team, I'm glad you think so too. that is was the favorite part of your Whistler vacation is awesome cheers Eric

Reviewed 8 June 2016

Backroads Whistler, located at Lakeside Park on Alta Lake, rents single or tandem kayaks, SUPs, and canoes to paddle around beautiful Alta Lake or to venture down the River of Golden Dreams to Meadow Park. Lots to see from lily pads to ducks & geese...More

Thank Ken K
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2016

HI Ken, great to you back. Yes the water is full and moving with the spring snow melt. August are lazy days on the river. glad you had fun on both water conditions 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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