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Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams

4308 Main Street, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
+1 604-935-4900
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River of dreams or nightmares 50-50 chance

When water level is good this is a fun family excursion. When its low its just plain damn hard work.

Reviewed 25 July 2016
Bill B
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Peddle and paddle tour

This trip is a blast! The people in the store were very friendly and our guide Serge was great... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
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River of Golden Dreams (RGD) canoe and kayak tour offered by Whistler Eco Tours (WET). The RGD has had canoes paddling down it since 1914. This is Whistler's original tour and is a can't miss when visiting Whistler. The river levels vary depending on the time of year due to snow melt, so please be prepared. Always best, safest and most informative to take a naturalist guide with you. WET offers Private Guided Tours, Guided Tours and for those who are experienced Self Guided Tours. You may take the journey in a canoe, kayak, double kayak or a SUP.We at strive on customer service and have the best trained and qualified guides, the best equipment and the best tour. The tour is 3 hours door to door with free Hotel pick up and drop off.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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4308 Main Street, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
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+1 604-935-4900

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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

When water level is good this is a fun family excursion. When its low its just plain damn hard work.More

Thank Bill B
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thanks Bill. Yes when the river is flowing it is less work. July is a good month to paddle the river. Though as mentioned by a client in September when the water flow is low it too can be a blast shooting the beaver dams....More

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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

This trip is a blast! The people in the store were very friendly and our guide Serge was great, very personable and quite knowledgable about the Whistler area. As we paddled through Alta lake and the river he pointed out the various mountain peaks and...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thanks for your review. The Pedal/ Paddle Combo Tour is really an amazing way to take in Whistler. Our well trained Guides, like Serge makes it that more enjoyable. Hats off to Serge and the rest of our Guides who are here to share their...More

Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

We took the self-guided tour, two single kayaks down. I am a fairly experienced paddler but my wife is just starting to learn - we both had a great time. This quick route gives you a taste of three different paddles - gorgeous lake, quiet...More

Thank Ian E
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks Ian. The paddle is great fun right now with 3 types of conditions as you mentioned. This time of year the river does increase in volume and speed. Do not let the River's name fool you. If you are inexperienced please book a Guided...More

Reviewed 25 May 2016

We have done the pedal and paddle tour (mountain bike and kayaking) which took us roughly 4 hours @ 300$ per couple which is the best bang for the buck you will be able to get in Whistler. The moderate difficulty was perfect for people...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thank-you so much for submitting such a nice review. Chris is one of our lead Guides who has been with us since we opened 15 years ago. He is extremely knowledgable and an amazing guide ( he ski guides for W/B in the winter). He...More

Reviewed 8 February 2016

A float down the river of Golden Dreams is a must on your Summer trip to Whistler. Mid Summer the water levels may fluctuate making the float a bit challenging, so inquire ahead of time.. Whistler Eco Tours is a great local company to enjoy...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks Mikey It really is a can't miss summer activity. Call us for river levels. Thanks Keenan

Reviewed 15 September 2015

Best done in early summer when the water levels are higher. It's a lovely paddle another a waterway that is more like a stream than a river, passing through forest and marsh lands. Possible to see beavers that make their home along the river. Whistler...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks Janice

Reviewed 3 September 2015

Was lucky to have a great guide who went over and above . Excellent review of paddling ability, explained the trip and worked with us on making sure we would have an enjoyable time. Both myself and wife are recreational paddlers and it gives you...More

Thank Jack S
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks Jack for the fine review. Andrew Logan has been and continues to be one of our lead Guides. He also teaches snowboarding in the Winter for W/B. extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The ideal combination for the ideal canoe/ kayak/ sup guide. Thank-you Andrew. Keenan...More

Reviewed 5 August 2015

had a great day kayaking with Chris. Super nice guy, had some good knowledge of the area and nature. Easy trip if you have good shoulders. Beautiful scenery.

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks Steve Chris continues to shine. Keenan

Reviewed 2 August 2015

Our intention was to book the Golden Dreams tour, as we had done this before (4yrs ago) and loved it, but river levels are low following the drought and on the advice of the company we booked the lake kayaking instead, which also included part...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thanks fort he review. The river levels can get quite low by the end of the season so a Lake paddle can be the best alternative. Once again our lead Guide Chris Kaipio is such an excellent Guide who does install confidence. He has been...More

Reviewed 2 July 2015

We did this trip in a few canoes. Our guide, Eric, was super friendly and shared information regarding the area and wildlife. Very relaxing trip down the river. Unfortunately, there were some pretty shallow spots due to lack of snow pack the previous winter. Other...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thank-you for making the effort to give Whistler Eco Tours a great review. Keenan Moses

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Amer M
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Response from Tracy O | Reviewed this property |
Hi we did a guided tour and for 4 people it cost 580 CAD including taxes . The trip lasted 4 and 1/2 hours
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HAPPYSLF
29 July 2016|
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Response from Batsonwr |
If your with a guide you cant stop unless necessary as they obviously want to keep group moving. If you have your own/rent kayaks or canoes then you can stop whenever you like. You go in at Alta lake paddle across to other... More
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Ann249
26 June 2015|
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Response from Keenan M | Property representative |
The cost for a Self-Guided River of Golden dreams Tour is $79.99 plus tax, for a Guided Trip the cost is $119.99 plus tax and a private Guided tour is $149.99 plus tax. The tours include pick up and drop off. Thanks Keenan
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