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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Scooching over beaver dams!

Having had some pretty poor weather while we have been here, we tried to arrange a trip down the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emma S
County Durham, United Kingdom
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Good service

Boss and all the stuffs are so nice. We got lost by mistake and they worry about us , found us for... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
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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...more
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3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
+1 604-932-3111
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having had some pretty poor weather while we have been here, we tried to arrange a trip down the river with these guys while we had some decent weather. They were really happy to accommodate our booking despite it being the end of season and...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Boss and all the stuffs are so nice. We got lost by mistake and they worry about us , found us for one and half hours. They went home at night. They lost a lot of money to find us , but they just charge...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Delightful 3.5 hour canoe trip through the river of golden dreams. Spencer, our guide was sensational, informative, welcoming, charming, and helpful! Alta Lake was gorgeous. We saw plenty of beavers throughout the journey, along with ducks, Canadian geese, and bats. Beautiful scenery amongst the mountains...More

Thank Dean F
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Our party of 8 with 4 teen boys enjoyed the paddle across the lake and through the stream. They mention a place that you can pull out and port your kayak past, if you don't want to paddle through a slightly tricky place. It was...More

Thank C K
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Backroads was a great choice for the river of golden dreams. My sister and I took the self guided tour in kayaks and it was perfect. Great instructions before heading out on the water and great equipment. Was quiet and amazing journey down the river!...More

1  Thank Kaylee M
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Loved the twilight river of golden dreams tour. Picked up by Drew- great guy- and guided by Stefan, whom we loved. Fantastic, knowledgable, all round wonderful guide - great chat and great knowledge of his hometown.

1  Thank lc23_13
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Compared to other canoe rentals, this is basically extortion. We had to wait over 30 minutes for bus pickup. It's pretty, but overhyped. Very tame. Bring your own boat, arrange your own transport, and save hundreds of dollars.

Thank JamesBabb
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

With a novice level of skill we enjoyed everything about this unguided half day kayak tour. Don't be proud, ask questions and the friendly staff will give you any tips you need, such as how to get back in your kayak if you find yourself...More

Thank Tracy1796
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Two days ago at the last minute we booked a canoe hire, for the River of Golden Dreams. More than happy with the hire service, as Sam the lovely Aussie girl gave us all the right tips on making our Canoe down the river perfect!...More

Thank cosmo64
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We had a group of 21 people. Eric and his staff were amazing and helpful and were truly thinking safety first for our group. They cared about how prepared we were to paddle and wanted all of us to enjoy our experience. We had children...More

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August 24, 2018|
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Response from Dean F | Reviewed this property |
They should still be operating in October.
Anne W
July 11, 2018|
Response from Eric W | Property representative |
Hi Anne The River of Golden Dreams is special. if you have the time do it for sure. It's not physically demanding as you're going with the flow of the river. By 12 years old most kids are fine in a single kayak. River trips... More
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