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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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great family activity

It's a nice trip for the whole family especially with young childs. Lovely tour on a litle river... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Matthias K
,
Neuss, Germany
Fantastic Scenery, Good Operator, Low Water Level

The River of Golden Dreams kayak trip seemed like an ideal activity for us -- a 2-3 hour trip... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
John A
,
Hong Kong, China
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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 24 April 2017

It's a nice trip for the whole family especially with young childs. Lovely tour on a litle river. Well organized, a bus bring you back to Whistler after you finish the tour.

Thank Matthias K
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The River of Golden Dreams kayak trip seemed like an ideal activity for us -- a 2-3 hour trip across Alta Lake and down the Golden River of Dreams. Flat steady current and no rapids, ideal for our experience level. The trip starts with a...More

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

Thanks for the review. Yes the river get s low in late summer and we try to ensure all guests are notified of the levels. In the spring the river is the exact opposite and we have to be clear that the flow is fast...More

Reviewed 6 September 2016

Our family of 4 (include 2 teenagers aged 14 and 16) decided at last minute to do a kayak trip down the River of Golden Dreams. It was on Sun Sept 4 with cloudy weather. We took the 3PM self guided kayak trip. Each of...More

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

Thanks for tour review. Please come try the river again when the water levels are higher for a completely different experience. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks Keenan

Reviewed 24 August 2016

I was given a kayaking trip along The River of Golden Dreams by daughter during a trip to BC in Juky, I didn't really know what to expect, was it going to be a fast moving group event or a more leisurely affair? Well it...More

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

Thanks Harriet I am so happy you and your family had a great time. As you mentioned not only are our guides there to provide safety and paddling tips, they are a book of knowledge of the region which makes the Guided Tour so much...More

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

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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

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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

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HAPPYSLF
Is there a best time of day to do this? Mid-morning? Late-afternoon? Can a 7 year old sit in with a parent? Can you get off and stop midway if you get tired?
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
Cost of one way trip
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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