Hop in a canoe, kayak or double kayak and get ready to explore Whistler’s famous River of Golden Dreams on your own.


UNGUIDEDUnguided River of Golden Dreams Tour


These trips are with our certified guides/instructors who will be by your side through the whole tour. With just you and your friends or family this is a great way for our guides to make your river experience as unique as possible.


PRIVATE GUIDEDPrivate Guided River of Golden Dreams Tour


Lakeside Park on beautiful Alta Lake is where you want to be to enjoy everything from swimming and fishing to picnics and suntanning.


LAKESIDE PARKAlta Lake watersports boat rental centre

Backroads COVID-19 Statement

We are now open for the summer operating 9am to 5pm every day at Lakeside Park and are accepting bookings moving forward!

We have done a thorough analysis of our business and implemented specific COVID-19 protection protocols to help our staff and customers.

We have a new cancellation promise, because we could all use a little more peace of mind right now. We won't charge you until you arrive for your trip.

Help us serve you better by booking in advance. Pre-booked guests receive priority departure, and this allows you to spend less time waiting and more time in the water!

Finally, due to the current circumstances we have had to reduce our capacity of river trips meaning they will sell out quickly. If you want to ensure you and your group are able to go on a tour, pre-book your tour on our website or by calling us at 604-932-3111.

If you would like to read more about our current COVID-19 strategy, click here


Long before there was a ski hill, visitors first flocked to the area to explore Whistler, BC’s pristine and beautiful lakes and rivers. Today, Backroads Whistler lets you experience the resort’s most iconic waterways on unforgettable canoe and kayak tours. Paddle the legendary River of Golden Dreams or historic Alta Lake - site of the early 1900’s fishing lodge that started it all. Discover Whistler’s original summer activity, and so much more.


      Why Choose Backroads?

  1. Offering adventure in Whistler since 1985
  2. Whistler's only certified canoe and kayak guides.
  3. Stewards of the river to preserve its natural beauty and ecosystem.
  4. Light, high quality canoes and kayaks
  5. Transport Canada marine compliant.



Happy Guests

  • "I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed kayaking the river of golden dreams with you. Thank you sooo much we had a great time. We keep raving about it to all our guests!"

    Nina (Marriott Whistler)

  • "This trip is better than our rafting tour down the Grand Canyon"

    Colin and Cary

  • I wanted to say THANK YOU to you and your staff for the exemplary service provided to us during our stay in Whistler. The canoeists were elated when they returned and the cyclists were raving about what a fun time they had and how terrific your guides were."

    Shannon (Conference Co-Coordinator)

  • "Thank you arranging the bicycling trip and tours on Sunday. We all had a great time."

    Betty (Washington)

  • "Thank you for the fun paddling around Alta Lake in your canoe last Sunday. We both really enjoyed ourselves. Please pass on our thanks to Cameron for his help."


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