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Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams & Boat Rentals

The River of Golden Dreams is a flat water, serpentine river that winds it's way from Alta to Green Lake in Whistler. No rapids, just some ripple, but the twists & turns will keep you wondering what's around the next corner. Beaver, beaver dams & lodges, eagles, osprey, river otter, black bears, birds that burst off the water in front of your boat & glacier capped mountain views. Warm up on the lake to start then enter the river. Guides are recommended. This trip has been offered for over 100 years & is an annual event for many resort guests. We also rent non-powered boats on Alta Lake.


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Months of Operation

Please note:  Lakefront concession, boat rentals & River of Golden Dreams trips are open 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Twilight trips depart in evening. Contact us for spring & fall operating hours.

Amenities & Facilities *

Accessible Facilities Food Services
High Speed Internet Pets Allowed (Conditions may apply)
* charges may apply

Policies & Restrictions

Cancellation Policy
Change date or time same season $25. Less than 48 hours, full price.
Group Policy
Talk to us about your group; each one is unique.
Age Restrictions
Children should be 3 years old or older for River of Golden Dreams. This is reviewed on a case by case basis based on water levels & accompanying adults experience paddling class one moving water.
Clothing Gear Required
Dress for the weather on the day of your trip. The weather here in the mountains can change quickly. We provide proper clothing if you forgot yours. Polypropylene/fleece is best during spring & fall. Wind/rain jacket & pants can be a good idea. Mid-summer wear your swim suit. A hat, sunscreen, bug juice, snacks, water are good ideas to bring. You might want to bring your camera. All electronics must be put in plastic or dry bags (we supply). You won't need your MP3 player or laptop.
Height Restrictions
Vertically challenged people are welcome.
Mobility Restrictions
Please call us to discuss. Depending on water levels & time of year, we welcome all.
Weight Restriction
250 lbs/113 kg.