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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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Amazing with the exception of low river

The views were spectacular and the staff were exeptional. The one thing that made the trip slightly... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2015
ross g
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Wow, one of of my best ever experiences

We booked the twilight kayak (7-10pm) in summer and all in the build up my wife was worried about... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2015
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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 26 July 2015 via mobile

The views were spectacular and the staff were exeptional. The one thing that made the trip slightly unenjoyable was the low river!!!!! I had to keep getting out of my canoe to pick it up over dams and parts of the river that we actually...More

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

Hi Ross G Glad you had an amazing trip down the river. you know one of the reason people keep coming back year after year is as the river is always different each time they paddle it. This year 2015 with low snow pack water...More

Reviewed 26 July 2015

We booked the twilight kayak (7-10pm) in summer and all in the build up my wife was worried about being in double kayak with me! However her worries were distant memory at the end of a fantastic evening. Myself, friends x 2 in single kayaks,...More

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

Wow, one of of my best ever experiences! shhhhh don't tell to many people, it's definitely one of Whistler hidden gems:) cheers Eric

Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

I hate to admit it -but LOVED the experience, looking back. This trip to Whistler, we canoed, biked beautiful trails, and did the zipline at Ziptrek tours. My favorite activity is the canoeing with Backroads. I'm not a very adventurous type of traveler - I...More

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

Your favorite activity in Whistler was the canoeing! Now we're talking:) glad you had fun cheers Eric

Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

Thankfully Backroads Whistler lent us their dollies as the competition didn't have any for us to use. The alternative would've been us having to pick up and carry our kayaks for ten minutes. The dollies saved us time and energy!More

Thank BrandiUS
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2015

Hi BrandiUS thanks for taking the time to write a review Using our dollies even though you were on a trip with the competition is just one way we hope Whistler resort guests get the "wow great experience".......hope we have you experience all the other...More

Reviewed 14 July 2015

Beautiful and fun trip down the river in a great canoe. Helpful staff and reasonably priced. We did an unguided tour down the river and it was easy with the directions the staff gave us prior to departure. When it started to rain, Eric Wight,...More

Thank Jenny K
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2015

Hi Jenny K thanks for your note. I figured you might like the extra effort on our part and organise an impromptu valet service when we found out your group was standing under a tree during our first rain storm in months. Great you all...More

Reviewed 8 July 2015

Our family of 4 rented 2 canoes for the River of Golden Dreams. I was concerned about the portage required due to low water levels, but the staff explained everything and we decided to do it. I'm glad we did as we had a great...More

1  Thank Cheryl I
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2015

HI Cheryl l Thanks for your review. it is a beautiful trip isn't it? Since you visited us the beaver have built 5 new dams backing up the water, increasing water levels and making for even better paddling in this low snow pack year we...More

Reviewed 6 July 2015

My wife and I grew up in Whistler. . On Sunday we were at Whistler Backroads canoe rental at Lakeside and over-heard a very disturbing conversation . The lady renting to our tourists wanted to charge for each person that would be using the one...More

1  Thank RudyP75
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

Hello Rudy and Susan I have lived in Whistler for 40 years and ran Backroads Whistler for 30 years. Good customer relations has been engrained in me and I pass this onto our staff. Effective listening and understanding of what is being conveyed is the...More

Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

This little kiosk at Lakeside Park, Alta Lake, Whistler, has pedal boats, canoes, stand up paddle boards, single and double kayaks. They offer the lovely trips on the River if Golden Dreams but I just used them for an hourly rental if a SUP. Easy,...More

Thank CanuckVI
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2015

Hello CanuckVI what a great note Thanks for your review. Yes we do try hard to appease, super glad you took the time to respond. It's great when people like yourself that have had a excellent time also write reviews cheers Eric

Reviewed 15 June 2015

Had a terrific time on the stand up paddle boards on Alta lake. Less than impressive experience with the staff and owner of this facility. I have never in my entire life been treated with such lack of empathy with the unfortunate incident of having...More

2  Thank AJ H
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2015

Hello AJ H Our reservations agent gave you her desk, computer, internet and phone. Though it was our busiest day of the season we realized the predicament you were in after you locked all your belongings in the trunk of your rental car. ‘Excellent’ and...More

Reviewed 8 June 2015

We had a great morning on the meandering little river. Our party of three included a fit 30-something, plus unathletic, 50-something me and my not-so-fit husband. Backroads Whistler took the time to make sure we were totally prepared and properly fitted before sending us off....More

1  Thank jamalpecoe
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2015

Hello jamalpecoe It's great an excursion is so fun for all ages and abilities thanks for your review 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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