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“Beauty all around”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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“Beauty all around”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We just loved being there; the hospitable neighbours, warm Canadian peope, the beautyful sights and the educational, sporty, fun ride down the River of Golden Dreams.... Can not wait to revisit!!

Visited August 2013
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Thank PaulStnl
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hello PaulStnl
thanks for thinking about us.
A year later, must have stuck in your memory, awesome
C U net visit
Eric
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Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
“amazing experience!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

such a great time! excellent friendly staff. gorgeous trip on the river through the most beautiful scenery. highly recommended!!!

Visited August 2013
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Mz1234ft
Always like to ensure our guests have a great holiday here in Whistler
Cheers
Eric
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“Awesome Times on the River of Golden Dreams”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

A well worth adventure! Could not ask for better customer service from lead man Eric at Backroads Whistler. Not only did he outfit us for a fantastic canoe ride down the river, he also provided excellent advice on a safe ride down. For two girls from Ottawa Canada, this was by far an amazing experience, and obviously loads of fun. Couldn't have asked for a better way to pass an evening. Saw lots of wildlife, including a very large Beaver. Would recommend to anyone looking for a adventure filled with giggles.

Thanks Eric!!!!!!

Visited June 2014
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Thank Catherine H
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Catherine H
Lots of beaver this year, it's great when they swim right up along side the boat!
hope to see you again
cheers
Eric
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West Covina, California
1 review
“Great experience!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We are intermediate paddlers and wanted to save a little on money so we decided to go with the unguided tour option. The staff was very helpful and we were given a tutorial by Eric. He was funny as he went through the different conditions of the river. We were a little apprehensive about going unguided but Eric also gave us a few paddling tips with our canoe, he explained a few "fast flow" spots, and assured us we will be just fine. Although we were nervous, we were also very excited. It was a gorgeous day and going through the River of Golden Dreams was perfect. Like Eric mentioned, it was not IF we hit a bush but WHEN we did it really tested our skills and was a lot of fun maneuvering through. If you're a beginner paddler and you don't mind spending a little bit more it would be helpful to have the guide. If we come back we would go with Whistler Backroads and go with a guided tour to hear more about this beautiful place!

Visited June 2014
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Hello The Camatos
Smiles work!
We worked together as a team with you.
super that you let us know you were nervous, given water levels were low that day it was easy for us to confidently let you go unguided. No doubt the lessons helped.
see you on your next trip to Whistler
cheers
Eric
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“Best Free Fun in Whistler!”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

This most-talked about rafting adventure is not something to be missed; in fact it’s in the Top 3 of Whistler Blackcombs 99 Things to do in Whistler. The Golden River runs all the way from Alta Lake (in the south) up to Green Lake (north of Whistler Village). While this may seem like a short distance, 3-5km in fact, don't dedicate anything less than an entire afternoon to this activity; it’s sluggish pace will take you roughly 3+ hours to complete- the best place to put in is...

Read full review here: http://blonde-spiration.blogspot.ca/2014/06/rafting-river-of-golden-dreams.html

Visited June 2014
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Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
HI Alana B
thanks for your review.
Glad you enjoyed the river.
You are correct how much safer canoes and kayaks are and that commercial operators provide lifejackets, river orientation and return pick up.
We are also on hand to provide on river support.
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