Among all the things to do in Whistler, one of my favourite has to be hopping in a canoe with friends and go paddling one of the many rivers surrounding our small paradise town, of Whistler. A local’s favourite is the River of Golden Dreams, located only 10 minutes away from the village. You can easily rent canoes from one of the many providers around the area for a few dollars, and you are free to paddle as long as you want!
One of the advantages of the River of Golden Dreams is that there are always people around, so if you get stuck along the shore, you will for sure find a charitable hand to help you get back on track! The water is very cold, but on a warm day like we’ve had recently; sometimes it’s exactly what you are looking for!
Another perk is all the wildlife you can encounter while canoeing in Whistler – there are several ducks species nesting around, and if you go later in the day (after 5pm), when it’s more quiet, you might see the beavers getting busy building their dams, a trout jumping to catch bugs on the surface of the river, and much more!
If you prefer to cruise around, you also have the possibility of just paddling on the lakes – and viewing some of the finest houses in Whistler built on Rainbow Mountain. It is such a relaxing activity to do and you can feel the tension slip away as you are slowly paddling your way through the water.
So on the next sunny day, hop on a canoe with your friends, choose a spot, and enjoy the scenery! And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Written by Martine