River of Golden Dreams Self Guided Trips

River of Golden Dreams Self Guided Trips
From CAD $79.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: River of Golden Dreams Self Guided
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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 experienced guides give you paddling tips while sharing their knowledge of Whistler’s fascinating history, geography and wildlife – or head out on a solo tour. 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. Guests opting to go Self Guided should have moving water paddling experience. We offer guided trips for guests who do not have moving water paddling experience. 

 PLEASE NOTE:  Water levels in the river tend to get lower in August.  We describe the river this time of year as a true Canadian Exploration outing, it's how we discovered Canada. One of the reasons people keep coming back each year to paddle the river is it is always changing. When water levels are lower, trips start on the lake then as you get to the first part of the river there is a mandatory portage in effect, to protect fish habitat, you'll get to trolley your boat along a flat paved bike path then put back in where the water gets deeper.  We provide the trolleys. Late summers the beaver build dams which create habitat and allow for recreational paddling.  You'll come around a corner to see a beaver dam, paddle hard and fast and swoosh over, If not you get stuck, all part of the fun. Once over the dam off you go. The scenery is spectacular, gorgeous trip for those who are up for a light adventure. It is definitely not an amusement park style outing. Please wear footwear that will allow you to walk in the river.

* Children under 12 are $39.50 only when sitting in the middle of a canoe with 2 adults.

* Weight restriction for individual seats in all of our watercraft is 250 lbs (113 kg)

* No pets, please

If you would like to book within 72 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 72 hrs.  

Please use Promo Code backroadsUG to receive 15% off pre-booked tours - Adults only, as children under 12 are already discounted. Discount applies to BC RESIDENTS ONLY. ALL trips include shuttle service from the end of the river back to Lakeside Park or to your hotel in Whistler Village.

Non-BC Resident Youth aged 12-17 are eligible for 15% discount on our 9:30 am departures only.  Discount will be applied on arrival when requested.


If you have a group of 12 or more please contact us at 604-932-3111 so that we can accommodate you.