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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
+1 604-932-3111
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Relaxing & scenic hidden area of Whistler

We took the two person per boat canoe tour. The tour starts with a mini bus ride to Lake Alta... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
Lisa V
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Sammamish, Washington
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Worst experience in Whistler

We have been visiting Whistler twice a year for the past 15 years. In August we decided to do a... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2016
MaryD14
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Seattle, Washington
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3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We took the two person per boat canoe tour. The tour starts with a mini bus ride to Lake Alta. The guides were very friendly and do most of the heavy lifting of the canoes. Once aboard you paddle out to the middle of the...More

Thank Lisa V
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We have been visiting Whistler twice a year for the past 15 years. In August we decided to do a little Kayaking. I called backroads in the morning and made a reservation for 2:30 that afternoon. When I spoke to the lady on the phone...More

Thank MaryD14
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI Mary D Thanks for your review. When you checked in at 2:15 15 minutes prior to our river orientation we were awaiting boats to come back from our morning trips. This is normal operations for us, boats go out in the morning and are...More

Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We hired some Stand Up Paddleboards to go on Alta Lake. The boards were ok but they are very generic and the staff do not take account of the weight of the paddler when giving you your board. My paddle was held together with duct...More

1  Thank snowflake71
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review Hi Snowflake71 Thanks for your review. We have 4 different models of Stand Up Paddle boards and 7 different sizes. (we are a demo center allowing guests to get on...More

Reviewed 26 August 2016

My family and I (2 adults & 3 kids 10-14 yrs) hired 2 canoes from this organisation. Whilst my husband is an experienced canoer; I am not. We were given clear instructions, appropriate equipment. On our return we were given a list back to our...More

Thank henryabi
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Good morning Henryabi Thanks for your review. I think you are the first customer we've ever had be so fired up to communicate to our staff what a good job they do by using our guides radios. i.e. for you others reading Henryabi used our...More

Reviewed 26 August 2016

Family of 4 (kids 9 & 7) took a canoe down the river of golden dreams on a hot and sunny day. Had great fun especially trying to navigate the beaver dams without having to get out the canoe (according to the kids we beat...More

Thank MrPlant7
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the river and the kids got to see first hand some true Canadiana We've been working with the resort for some years to by pass having to use the portage trailers in late summer and re establish a...More

Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Courtney went above and beyond to help two stranded women from Vancouver. Thank you so very much! Can't wait to return to see our favourite river guide. Tara and Alana

Thank bunnybear2
Eric W, Manager at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI bunnybear2 thanks for your review Court rocks! thanks cheers Eric

Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We did this trip on a wet day, and apparently were the only people on the river that afternoon. We booked late, but were welcomed onsite. One of the staff gave us a brief rundown on how to handle a canoe, and what to expect...More

1  Thank Plumley042
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Morning Plumley042 Thanks for sharing your review. Yes we do offer a river orientation and brief instruction to unguided guests though for more in depth information guests should go guided. As water levels do change daily based on temperature and snow melt unguided guests should...More

Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The entire distance of canoeing is less than before. Spend sometime to research and found the big area has sold to foreign buyer, this is no good. But still lots fun for kids.More

1  Thank Sidney T
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI Sydney T Thanks for being a repeat guest on the river. It is unfortunate the resort did not buy the Edgewater property. At 11 million.....I gather budgets did not allow. That said a boat put in take out on the south shores of Green...More

Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

not really worth the money. 80 dollars for 1hour and a half of cayaking. it was suposed to take about 3 hours to do the tour.More

1  Thank Wouter G
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

Hi Wouter G Eric here, I own Backroads Whistler. Would you contact me to discuss your trip? fun@backroadswhistler.com Given you paddled the river in 1.5 hours puts you in the expert category for sure. When creating this trip itinerary I had to look at what...More

Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Great fun absolutely loved it . Now to be honest I'd never been in a canoe before so when guide said nobody had ever capsized before and I went straight over it wasn't a good start 😂😂. The lake was a bit choppy but once...More

Thank reloader22
Eric W, Owner at Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this review

HI Reloader22 thanks for your review, glad you had a great trip. Flips do happen from time to time, @00.4% still you like thousands of other River of Golden Dreams paddlers love it. I look forward to hosting you again cheers Eric

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Eric W
Hi Wouter G Eric here, I own Backroads Whistler. Would you contact me to discuss your trip? Tripadvisor will not let me post our email address We have lots of options for guests that are good paddlers like you are and paddle the river quick like you did. Our departure orientation staff should have let you know these options before you departed. Did we miss this? I endeavour to provide a quality operation and value packed programs. Let's talk about how we can sort this out. I think we can cheers Eric
29 July 2016|
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Response from Eric W | Property representative |
HI Juli and Bergie I have no idea why TA has my question to Walter G in your inbox or whereever it is. thanks for coming on our river trip, I'll try to figure this out cheers Eric
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