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


UNGUIDEDUnguided River of Golden Dreams Tour


These trips are with our certified guides/instructors with just you and your friends or family. This is a great way for our guides to find out about you and what your special wishes are for a trip.


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 centre


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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