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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
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Fun group outing

Group of 15 went canoeing on river. Good equipment and instructions provided. Had a chance to get... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2015
Colin M
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Great outing

It was a wonderful event for myself and 4 friends a couple of weeks ago. We had a great guide and... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2015
wendy j
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palm desert
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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 June 6, 2015 via mobile

Group of 15 went canoeing on river. Good equipment and instructions provided. Had a chance to get used to direction changes on lake before heading into river. Lots of corners and direction changes made it interesting and fun challenge. On the straights it was very...More

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

Thanks Colin M Providing good equipment means you get a better trip. Glad you enjoyed your outing and time with our crew cheers Eric

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Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

It was a wonderful event for myself and 4 friends a couple of weeks ago. We had a great guide and enough instruction to make us feel completely at ease. I am really looking forward to going kayaking again. Thank you. It was an awesome...More

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

HI Wendy J such a fun group you all were thanks for the review Eric

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Reviewed May 21, 2015

I was one of the "mature" women on that kayak experience amd concur, it was wonderful. The pre-trek orientation was very well done and took away any concerns one may have had! Our guide did an amazing job as well. All in all, I would...More

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

Hi Lynne thanks for your review hope we get to see you on next years GOFestEnvironmental paddle Eric

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Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Our group of 5 'mature' women did the kayak trip from Alta lake to Green Lake with a fun group, which included an environmentalist .... her info into the history, fish and future of the region was amazing! We all came away with a great...More

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

HI PG Jot thanks for your review, you all were a fun group. Eric

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Reviewed April 3, 2015

Honest company that knows what they are doing. Great way to see some nature in this area. Very recommendable. 10/10 would do again.

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

HI Morton thanks for your review and support Eric

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Reviewed November 11, 2014

First off I did not use back roads. It would be wise to have a guide if you don't know anyone I have my own kayaks. I do this trip with friends and the best time is canada day! Is a long trip so take...More

Thank Preston S
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2014

Hi Preston S Thanks for your review great that you let people know it's a fun trip even if you are experienced kayakers. cheers Eric

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Reviewed September 13, 2014

Very easy paddle. Lots of wild life. Incredibly beautiful ! Would even use the word breathtaking ! Not scary at all, water shallow . A very safe and wonderfull trip !!

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2014

hi Gbohmer Thanks for your review. And letting people know that even in late summer when the water is lower it's fun trip cheers Eric

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Reviewed September 5, 2014

Got a guided tour for the twilight tour which was 3 and was a fantastic 3 hours. We came across beavers at every damn and even had the alpha check us out! james the tour guide was great at what he does and let us...More

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2014

Hi LouiseL thanks for your review Our Wildlife at Twlight trips are a big hit, we always see wildlife and usually very close encounters. Cheers Eric

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took two two-man canoes down the River Of Golden Dreams. The boys (two sons 18 & 21) thought it might be a bit tame, but loved it. I was a bit anxious about the more challenging parts, but they were absolutely fine, and we...More

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2014

Hi AlisonAE thanks for your review Thanks also for letting teenagers know this is a fun trip for them too. We have a couple of teens here at home and yes keeping them fired up sometimes is a bit challenging cheers Eric

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We didn't do the River of Golden Dreams tour, we just rented from them for use on Alta Lake. Convenient and good equipment. Great business, very busy all the time. They charge enough that people return them quickly, so there is equipment available even at...More

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2014

Hi KayL Thanks for your review based on your comment we'll be more attentive to in bound guests glad you have fun, hope you get to do the river next time you visit us cheers Eric

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awillmann
July 6, 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
June 6, 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
July 29, 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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