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Address: 3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-932-3111
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Discover Whistler's original summer activity the legendary River of Golden...

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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Relaxing & scenic hidden area of Whistler

We took the two person per boat canoe tour. The tour starts with a mini bus ride to Lake Alta. The guides were very friendly and do most of the heavy lifting of the canoes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
Lisa V
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Sammamish, Washington
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Sammamish, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We took the two person per boat canoe tour. The tour starts with a mini bus ride to Lake Alta. The guides were very friendly and do most of the heavy lifting of the canoes. Once aboard you paddle out to the middle of the lake and get used to the paddling. Lake Alta was very pretty with many sail... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We have been visiting Whistler twice a year for the past 15 years. In August we decided to do a little Kayaking. I called backroads in the morning and made a reservation for 2:30 that afternoon. When I spoke to the lady on the phone she told me the river was a little low so we should reserve 4 single... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI Mary D Thanks for your review. When you checked in at 2:15 15 minutes prior to our river orientation we were awaiting boats to come back from our morning trips. This is normal operations for us, boats go out in the morning and are back in time for in this case 2:30. Our river orientation takes about 15 minutes... More 

Kent
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We hired some Stand Up Paddleboards to go on Alta Lake. The boards were ok but they are very generic and the staff do not take account of the weight of the paddler when giving you your board. My paddle was held together with duct tape! The staff were friendly and helpful. Cost wise, $30 for an hour is quite... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review Hi Snowflake71 Thanks for your review. We have 4 different models of Stand Up Paddle boards and 7 different sizes. (we are a demo center allowing guests to get on good quality equipment right here on the lakefront) Inflatables are our most stable boards and... More 

Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My family and I (2 adults & 3 kids 10-14 yrs) hired 2 canoes from this organisation. Whilst my husband is an experienced canoer; I am not. We were given clear instructions, appropriate equipment. On our return we were given a list back to our car. It was absolutely trouble free and brilliant, amazing views from a peaceful river. Even... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Good morning Henryabi Thanks for your review. I think you are the first customer we've ever had be so fired up to communicate to our staff what a good job they do by using our guides radios. i.e. for you others reading Henryabi used our walkie talkies to tell the staff what a good job they do. Pretty entertaining watching... More 

Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Family of 4 (kids 9 & 7) took a canoe down the river of golden dreams on a hot and sunny day. Had great fun especially trying to navigate the beaver dams without having to get out the canoe (according to the kids we beat the Beavers 5-4).. River was quite low in places not a problem added to the... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the river and the kids got to see first hand some true Canadiana We've been working with the resort for some years to by pass having to use the portage trailers in late summer and re establish a dedicated take out in Green Lake. We meet with them again in early Sept. We... More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Courtney went above and beyond to help two stranded women from Vancouver. Thank you so very much! Can't wait to return to see our favourite river guide. Tara and Alana

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Eric W, Manager at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI bunnybear2 thanks for your review Court rocks! thanks cheers Eric More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

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... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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... More 

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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

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 More 

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