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River of Golden Dreams

Journey across Alta Lake, through the Whistler Wetlands and down the scenic glacial river aptly-named ‘The River of Golden Dreams’.

River of Golden Dreams

$125 per person
3 hours

A visit to Whistler would not be complete without a paddle down the River of Golden Dreams. Choose to paddle in a canoe or kayak. This journey will take you across Alta Lake, through the Whistler Wetlands and down the scenic glacial river aptly-named ‘The River of Golden Dreams’. This tour is always an adventure, be it in fast moving water in the early spring or with obstacles like beaver dams in late summer.

Choose to learn more about Whistler’s history, geography, flora and fauna with your own adventure guide on a Private Guided Tour or Guided Group Tour. There’s also the option to take the plunge and explore the river on your own terms on a Self-Guided Tour (prior paddling experience required).

Up for more of an adventure? Combine your River of Golden Dreams tour with a guided bike tour along the Valley Trail on our Pedal and Paddle Combo Tour.


*PLEASE NOTE: In late summer, typically from mid July onwards, the River of Golden Dreams runs at significantly lower water levels and there is a mandatory 600 m portage in place. For a great alternative tour option check out our Green Lake Adventure Paddle.


Prior paddling experience is required for Self-Guided tours. A rescue fee of $75 per person applies.

Private Guided tours are guaranteed exclusive, and include hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Guided tours are public with a maximum of 8 guests per guide. Guided paddling tours include shuttle transportation from/to our office in Whistler Village. 

All prices are based on a minimum of 2 adults. Child pricing for 12 years and under.

All guests are required to sign a legal release of liability waiver before participation.

two canoes paddling the river of golden dreams
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River of Golden Dreams

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  • Departure Time
    9:00am, 1:00pm
  • Included
    Equipment Rental
    Experienced Guide
    PFD (Life Jacket)
  • Not Included
    Bike Helmet
    Bike Lock
    Bottled Water
    Eco Race Bandana
    Lift Tickets
    Luxury Transportation
    Paddle Board
    Trail Map

What to Bring / What to Wear

We recommend you wear clothing that you could get wet, as well as a hat, sunglasses and close-toed footwear that can get wet.


It's always a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket or a warm sweater as the mountain weather can change quickly - even on sunny days! It's also a good idea to pack a towel, a change of clothes, sunscreen and a snack.


Don't forget your camera to capture your adventure! You can store it safely in a provided dry bag when you're not using it.


We ask that you please bring your own reusable water bottle - we're working to reduce plastic waste. Did you know that Whistler has some of the cleanest and freshest tap water in the world? Our alpine-fresh water supply comes from beautiful Rainbow Lake which is fed by ancient glaciers. However, if you require, bottled water is available for purchase at our Village Office.

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