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“Laid back approach, not for beginners”

Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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 of the lake and river journey.
Then, we were left on our own, with a rain jacket, a life jacket, and the canoe.
WE SURVIVED!! And we did not capsize!!
I think we were lucky that I have had white water rafting experience, so remember what we had to do in certain situations.
The scenery, and the peacefulness of th journey were fantastic.
Well recommended, provided you're not a beginner.

1  Thank Plumley042
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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 have river paddling experience especially in spring and early summer.

Glad you had fun and shared your journey with others.
cheers
Eric

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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.

1  Thank Sidney T
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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 Lake is on the new Recreation Master plan and with the help of the paddling public like yourself I hope we can see one sooner than later
Please feel free to send a note to https://www.whistler.ca/stay-connected/contact
and ask that the Green Lake boat access is on the priority list.

In the meantime glad you had fun and keep coming back to paddle the River of Golden Dreams.

cheers
Eric

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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.

1  Thank Wouter G
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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 most guests paddle times would be hence the 3 hours.
We have lots of options for guests that are good paddlers like you are and paddle the river quick like you did.

I endeavour to provide a quality operation and value packed programs. Let's talk about how we can sort this out. I think we can
cheers
Eric

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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 we got going it was a lot easier. Had a blast going on the river after leaving the lake . Was pretty easy once got hang of it . Our group was mix of people but our guide was terrific . Water cold but not too bad tbh . I went over twice and was tbourghly soaked but can't wait to try again Water isn't very deep . Would recommend it.

Thank reloader22
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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

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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
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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

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