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Great Guide - Too Tough for Us!

Booked this tour for myself and three girls (ages 10, 11,11). We had very limited experience in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Katrina718
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Edmonton, Canada
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River of golden dreams (and some small drama)

We did the guided tour and it was amazing— some basic paddling tips then off we went across the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mary H
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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River of Golden Dreams (RGD) canoe and kayak tour offered by Whistler Eco Tours (WET). The RGD has had canoes paddling down it since 1914. This is Whistler's original tour and is a can't miss when visiting Whistler. The river levels vary depending...more
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4308 Main Street, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this tour for myself and three girls (ages 10, 11,11). We had very limited experience in the canoe. Two girls were with the guide and one was with me. Our guide explained the basics while we were still on the lake, where we got...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the guided tour and it was amazing— some basic paddling tips then off we went across the lake and along the winding river. Good teaching to make us feel we could do it ourselves next time.

Thank Mary H
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

This is great to hear. We do try to provide teachings that will help you become better paddlers. Thanks for the review. Keenan

Reviewed 16 May 2018

Unfortunately the electric bike wouldn't get me up any hills as the battery was faulty - flashing an error message - and running to zero when attempting to climb. So I pushed it up hills. The Guy in the store seemed unsympathetic and still charged...More

Thank Kevin G
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Hi Kevin I am sorry to hear the bike mafunctioned. In future if not satisfied please ask to speak to the Manager or myself the Owner. I am happy to refund the amount for your rental and apologize for the hassel it sounds like you...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

Considering our recent adventure kayaking in Alaska, which almost ended in a Divorce Court, my wife had us booked for the canoe trip down the River of Golden Dreams. Lets just say at this particular point in time that my enthusiasm was quite there. Picked...More

Thank Greg P
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Amazing! What can I say. Thanks so much for taking the time to write the experiences you had on our tour. Thanks Keenan

Reviewed 19 August 2017

I'm an older lady traveled alone to Victoria BC. Didn't have a car and wanted to get out of town to see some sights. Gorgeous scenery. Really nice informative guide. Had a fantastic tour.

Thank Diane P
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi Diane I am pleased you had a nice time with us. Thanks Keenan

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The River of Golden Dreams covers beautiful scenery and lots of fun. Alta lake (where you begin) is a gorgeous mountain-surrounded body of water while the river is bordered with more mountain views and greenery. The greatest fun of it was maneuvering the beaver dams...More

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thanks for your great review. This truly is a paddle for everyone. Alta Lake is always a treat with breath taking views of Whistler, Blackcomb and Rainbow Mountains. The levels on the River of golden Dreams, as mentioned are low and tranquil. This doesn't mean...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We took a guided trip on the River of Golden Dreams. Whistler Eco tours was efficient and informative however I think anyone with minimal canoe or kayak experience could do this as a self guided trip. Great fun and beautiful scenery with very minimal effort...More

1  Thank bunchberger
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Once again thanks for the great write-up. This is really a can't miss tour while in Whistler. Whistler Eco Tours has been running this river for 17 years and with our Village location along with our lake front location we feel we can provide the...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Our family really enjoyed this trip! Starting with a bike ride down to the lake through woodland and not on too many roads the trip was very organised. Once on the lake in our kayaks we paddled across the lake to the river where the...More

1  Thank Tracy O
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thanks for your review. Our Pedal and Paddle Combo Tour is one of hallmark tours. Spend much of your day tripping through Whistler Outdoor. Guides like Kyle make whistler Eco Tours GREAT! We pride ourselves as being a Guiding Company and certify all of the...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

It is true that this is alternatively called the 'River of Broken Marriages' as it is pretty much unavoidable hitting the banks as you turn the tight corners. There was lots of water when we did it because of the snow runoff this year, but...More

1  Thank Happy_exchanger
Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thanks for your review. The river is forever changing. It is August now and the river is running low. It is still really fun just different challenges like shooting ovrer beaver dams. The beavers are our friends and their dams help hold the water in...More

Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We did a canoe tour with Andrew. Great tour I would highly recommend. Our guide was super informative and friendly and also extremely helpful in giving us advice on canoeing. Would highly recommend this tourMore

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Keenan M, Owner at Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thanks for your review. Here at WeT we pride ourselves to having the best Guides in the business. We have many long term Guides, like Andrew ( who is amazing) and he shares his knowledge and experience with our new Guides. This leads to amazing...More

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Amer M
18 August 2017|
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Response from Keenan M | Property representative |
Hi It is regularly $85 per person which is Hotel pick-up and drop off included. 3 hours door to door.
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HAPPYSLF
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If your with a guide you cant stop unless necessary as they obviously want to keep group moving. If you have your own/rent kayaks or canoes then you can stop whenever you like. You go in at Alta lake paddle across to other... More
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Ann249
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The cost for a Self-Guided River of Golden dreams Tour is $79.99 plus tax, for a Guided Trip the cost is $119.99 plus tax and a private Guided tour is $149.99 plus tax. The tours include pick up and drop off. Thanks Keenan
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