A paddling paradise. Guided or unguided canoe and kayak river tours

Hop in a canoe or single kayak and get ready to explore Whistler’s famous River of Golden Dreams. With epic views around every bend, the River of Golden Dreams features lush, old growth forest and wildflower-lined banks, as well as stunning snow-capped mountain vistas. Let our experienced guides give you paddling tips while sharing their knowledge of Whistler’s fascinating history, geography and wildlife – or head out on a Self-guided trip

At the end of your scenic excursion, we shuttle you back to Whistler Village or Lakeside Park. This is truly a trip you don't want to miss and Whistler's original and most popular summer activity. You can’t say you’ve been to Whistler until you’ve paddled the River of Golden Dreams.

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map of the River of Golden Dreams route

  • Self-guided, boat rental river package

    To better enjoy your paddle down the River of Golden Dreams, its best if you have river-canoeing experience before signing up for a self-guided trip. Our guided trips will give you this experience. Orientations sessions are offered prior to departures.

    DEPARTURES:
    Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In July and August we often offer additional departures at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    DIFFICULTY:
    Easy to moderate (depends on water level and experience)

    INCLUDES:
    Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device

    DURATION:
    3 hours. 20-30 minutes on the lake getting warmed up and paddling to the river mouth. Then go with the flow of the current as you steer the boat down the river.

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Kids under 12 - 50% off REGULAR PRICING with 2 adults when sitting the in the middle
    • Youth 12 to 17 - 15% off our REGULAR PRICING on our 9:30am departures
    • NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTING IE KIDS 50% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE

    $79.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book Now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

    The River of Golden Dreams is the best summer activity in Whistler. Just about sums it up now doesn’t it?Tyron

  • Guided River of Golden Dreams Tour - No more than four boats per guide

    With no more than 4 boats per guide your guide is close to you and not out of sight on the twists and turns of this river. Our guides are instructors too and will teach you paddling techniques and skills that you will enjoy on the river and in the future wherever else you paddle. Additionally you’ll learn about our bears, how big, how many and what they like to eat and what other critters we have. Who were the first settlers and how did they live?

    All inclusive package

    • Includes  Instructor, lifejacket, paddle, shuttle back from river end.  There will be no more than 4 boats in your group which allows your instructor to focus on you, without the congestion of many other boats in your group. Also includes dry land and on water briefing.  We have quality equipment and the best trained guides in Whistler.
      • If you would like to book within 48 hours please call for availability at (604)-932-3111 and we will do our best to accommodate you. No discounts apply to bookings made within 48 hours.
        • If you have a group of 10 or more please contact us at 604-932-3111 so that we can accommodate you.
    DEPARTURES:
    Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. - Custom times subject to availability.

    DIFFICULTY:
    Easy to moderate (depends on water level and experience)

    INCLUDES:
    Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device

    DURATION:
    3 hours. 20-30 minutes on the lake getting warmed up and paddling to the river mouth. Then go with the flow of the current as you steer the boat down the river.

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Includes return shuttle to Lakeside Park or village
    • Kids under 12 - 50% off REGULAR PRICING with 2 adults when sitting the in the middle
    • Youth 12 to 17 - 15% off our REGULAR PRICING on our 9:30am departures
    • NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTING IE KIDS 50% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE

    $129.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

    Gary, our BackroadsWhistler guide, was exceptionally pleasant and professional and provided for a great tour. I have done many tours over the years through your organisation and they have always been great.Mark

  • Guided River of Golden Dreams Tour - 10 or more adults

    Yes we welcome groups. Yes it’s still a maximum of 4 boats per guide. This allows your guide to be close at hand. They are certified instructors, they'll let you know what to expect ahead on the river and what you'll need to know. They assist with you on advising whether to portage fast sections or paddle them. They make your trip easier.

    All inclusive package

    • Groups of 10 Adults or more.
      • Includes  Instructor, lifejacket, paddle, shuttle back from river end. We have high quality equipment and the best trained guides in Whistler.
        • Your group is special and likely has some specific needs or wishes. Your job as organiser can be a tough one, call us to make it easy.
    DEPARTURES:
    Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
    Custom departures are available

    DIFFICULTY:
    Easy to moderate (depends on water level and experience)

    INCLUDES:
    Instructor/guide, boat, paddle, personal flotation device and shuttle bus to and from your trip. Custom itineraries available.

    DURATION:
    3 hours. 20-30 minutes on the lake getting warmed up and paddling to the river mouth. Then go with the flow of the river current as you steer the boat down the river.

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Kids under 12 - 50% off REGULAR PRICING with 2 adults when sitting them in the middle of a canoe.
    • Youth 12 to 17 - 15% off our REGULAR PRICING on our 9:30am departures
    • NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTING i.e....KIDS 50% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE
     

    $109.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

  • Private Guided River of Golden Dreams Tour

    For guests who want to enjoy the river at their own pace with just their friends, you get your own private guide and we can add on any enhancement you’d like.

    Express check in, seamless departure and the guide can be in the boat with you or nearby alongside.

    All inclusive package

    • PRIVATE GUIDE.  JUST YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS
      • Minimum 2 Adults
        • Includes Instructor, lifejacket, paddle, shuttle back from river end. We have high quality equipment and the best trained guides in Whistler. If you would like to book within 48 hours please call for availability at (604)-932-3111 and we will do our best to accommodate you.
    DEPARTURES:
    Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
    Custom departures are available

    DIFFICULTY:
    Easy to moderate (depends on water level and experience)

    INCLUDES:
    Private guide, boat, paddle, personal flotation device and return shuttle bus.

    DURATION:
    2 to 3 hours depending on water flows and how much you paddle. Yes we have options for those that want to be out for the whole 3 hours.

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Kids under 12 - 50% off REGULAR PRICING with 2 adults when sitting them in the middle of the canoe.
    • Youth 12 to 17 - 15% off our REGULAR PRICING on our 9:30am departures
    • NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTING i.e....KIDS 50% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE
     

    $169.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

    Fun group outing

    Group of 15 went canoeing on river. Good equipment and instructions provided. Had a chance to get used to direction changes on lake before heading into river. Lots of corners and direction changes made it interesting and fun challenge. On the straights it was very peaceful. Even more fun as group since we could watch the cocky pairs overtake us then mock them when they went too wide on the next corner and ended up ducking for bushes. Route clearly sign posted and bus collected us at end and on time. Great half day out.

    Colin M.

  • Wildlife At Twilight

    The setting sun turns the mountains crimson and the river comes alive with wildlife.

    You will likely be the only boats on the river. Most all of our guests ask, “Will I see a bear?”

    Bears are a regular sight on the River of Golden Dreams, as are beaver, otter, eagles, osprey, fish, birds, mink, raccoons as well as other friendly river critters.

    Limited availability so we don’t scare the wildlife. This is a close encounter trip.

    Reservations recommended a month in advance.

    DEPARTURES:
    Trips depart Lakeside Park concession nightly at 6:00pm, April 15 to May 15 and August 1 to September 30.
    Departures at 7:00pm nightly May15 to July 31st,

    DIFFICULTY:
    Easy to moderate (depends on river level)

    INCLUDES:
    Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Includes return shuttle to Lakeside Park or village
    • Kids under 12 - 50% off REGULAR PRICING with 2 adults when sitting the in the middle
    • NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTING IE KIDS 50% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE

    $129.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book Now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

    Loved the wildlife twilight tour!

    We came across beavers at every dam and even had the alpha check us out! James the tour guide was great at what he does and let us take our time and enjoy all the views and wildlife.. The tour turned out to be our favorite part of our vacation!

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