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

Hop in a canoe, kayak or double 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.

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map of the River of Golden Dreams route

  • Self-Guided River of Golden Dreams Tour

    Orientation sessions are required prior to your departure. To better enjoy your paddle down the River of Golden Dreams, it’s best if you have river-canoeing experience before signing up for a self-guided trip.

    DEPARTURES:
    Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 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:
    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:
    • 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

    $79.00

    per person, plus taxes

    Book Now

    or speak to us now
    at 604-932-3111

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

    Group guided trips place you in groups of four boats maximum. 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? A Guided tour will allow you to learn more about Whistler and the iconic River of Golden Dreams while improving your kayaking or canoeing skills

    All inclusive package

    • There will be no more than 4 boats in your group.
      • 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., 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.

    RATE SPECIALS:
    • Includes return shuttle to Lakeside Park or village
    • Please use PROMO CODE backroadsG4 to receive 15% discount for online booking.  Note:  Discounts apply to BC RESIDENTS ONLY and applies to adults only, as children under 12 are already half price.
    • 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

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

    Guides provide great value in several areas. 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. Guided trips have way less incidents than unguided. Very seldom to guided guests flip their boats and if you do the guide is there to assist.

    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.
        • 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.
    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:
    Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device

    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:
    • Includes return shuttle to Lakeside Park or village
    • Please use Promo Code backroads16 to receive 15% discount for online booking.  Note:  Discounts apply to BC RESIDENTS ONLY and applies to adults only, as children under 12 are already half price.
    • 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 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 we offer guided trips. These trips are with our certified guides/instructors. This is a great way for our guides to find out about you and what your special wishes are for a trip. There is ample time for wildlife, talk about Whistler and focused attention on you.

    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. 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., 1:30 p.m.
    Custom departures are available

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

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

    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:
    • Includes return shuttle to Lakeside Park or village
    • Please use Promo Code backroadsPG to receive 15% discount for online booking.  Note:  Discounts apply to BC RESIDENTS ONLY and applies to adults only, as children under 12 are already half price.
    • 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 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

  • Wildlife At Twilight

    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, bats, birds, mink, raccoons as well as other wildlife. Generally, wildlife is more likely to be active in the early evening. Fully guided. reservations are required.

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

    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

Trip Comparison

UNGUIDED

$79per person
$791 month
  • 3 hours
  • 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device
  • Taxes extra

GROUP 4

$129per person
$129per person

GROUP 10

$109per person
$109per person
  • 3 hours
  • Times available upon request
  • Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device
  • Taxes extra

PRIVATE

$169per person
$169per person
  • 3 hours
  • Times available upon request
  • Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device
  • Taxes extra

WILDLIFE AT TWILIGHT

$129per person
$129per person
  • 3 hours
  • Nightly at 6:00pm.
    Nightly at 7:00pm, May 15 to July 31
  • Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device
  • Taxes extra
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