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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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Girls weekend away

This was my second excursion with Backroads Whistler and it out did my first. We decided to do the... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2016
Heather K
via mobile
Magic day on the river

Owner Eric was very accommodating in getting us out on the river for the day. Having top notch... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2016
JeffGibson_435437sqn
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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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 20 May 2016 via mobile

This was my second excursion with Backroads Whistler and it out did my first. We decided to do the River of Golden Dreams with guides this round and they did not disappoint. Drew and Brendan were very patient with many of the first time kayakers...More

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

Hi Heather K thanks for your note pretty cool how experienced paddlers get good value from our guides/instructors. Last year you went in the fall this year in the spring, big difference in water levels and you enjoyed both. What month will you paddle the...More

Reviewed 25 April 2016

Owner Eric was very accommodating in getting us out on the river for the day. Having top notch equipment supplied made for a great day!

Thank JeffGibson_435437sqn
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

HI JeffGibson Great gear cause our guests are worth it. thanks for the note cheers Eric

Reviewed 2 September 2015

Believe it our not it rains a little in Whistler (which also means its snows!). "Tip of the day" Don't wait for the rain to stop...grab a kayak from Whistler Backroads, at Lakeside Park on Alta Lake, and paddle the River of Golden Dreams. Good...More

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

HI WhistlerValley rain, what rain? yes you are correct rain gives us big trees, lots of snow, fresh and clear rivers and lakes and a natural cleanse have you been down the river this year yet? Eric

Reviewed 31 August 2015

Such a good trip. The water level was a bit low because the time of the year, but it was still easy to navigate down the river. In a way, the low water was good as the beaver dams along the river were more exciting....More

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

HI Patrick M yo:) what up? (my daughter's not a big fan of me talking like this) Oh well, I've lots of time to be old sometime in the future Where do you live? If you come back to Whis in the spring waters way...More

Reviewed 29 August 2015

We were doing some canoeing with the Scouts at Alta Lake. Being in the industry Backroads Whistler naturally took interest in our equipment, noticing with their professional eye that one of our boats had a few dings in it through the outer coating, which if...More

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

HI WhistlerBloke glad to help the Scouts. and any other community group especially the ones that get our youth out enjoying the outdoors cheers Eric

Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

This trip was absolutely amazing. I went with three other friends and all of us loved it! It was even better going when the river was lower as we got to see all the beaver dams at better view! I took the unguided trip and...More

Thank 369reganm
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2015

so fun, you got lost! ok well just for a bit. With so many amusement type adventures here in Whistler isn't it great to go on one that's got a bit of "wow I did it myself"? cheers Eric

Reviewed 27 August 2015

My hubby and I love to kayak here at home, so we decided a nice unguided tour of the River of Golden Dreams would be perfect. Seeing as I had done it before and we kayak often, we decided the unguided tour would be best...More

Thank Katie W
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2015

HI Katie W yes the river is quieter in the morning, we also see more wildlife then....but let's not be telling to many people this, morning guests often like the quiet and serene. Thanks for your review, so nice to hear from you and your...More

Reviewed 14 August 2015

** Note this review is based on our reservation experience. We have not taken a tour with this company. We're getting ready for a week in Whistler to cap off our summer vacation before school starts. My young daughter and I wanted to paddle the...More

Thank Debormor
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2015

HI Debormor Yes our twilight trips are popular and part of the reason we see wildlife as much as we do is we limit the number of boats that depart each night. We do ask for 2 adults to be going on our trip so...More

Reviewed 10 August 2015

Our family of 2 adults, 2 teenagers did a guided canoe trip down the river of golden dreams. We had a great guide, Morgan, who was very patient with the less experienced canoeists and very knowledgeable about the area/wildlife.The water was quite low in places...More

Thank fabfortyLeics
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2015

glad you brought your spirit of adventure with you. ads to the fun cheers Eric

Reviewed 3 August 2015

Loved our first time every kayaking so much that we came back again this year and did it again. Great staff at Backroads Whistler from the telephone service to the in-person cashier and the lakefront assistant who gets everything happening. If you have never tried...More

Thank GerryinGibsons
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2015

HI GerryinGibsons sounds like it's time to you to paddle the river.... you're going to love it. 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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