It’s a pretty miserable day outside today, or at least it looks that way from my window. I am struggling to find the motivation needed to actually investigate the conditions further. I figured while I am just sitting around, I could delve into my pictures and get excited for the fast approaching summer.
Green Lake looking towards the Armchair Glacier
Before I tried (and became addicted to) mountain biking, I spent a lot of time at the lakes. I had access to canoes and enjoyed spending a lot time on the water. The River of Golden Dreams, a mellow two hour paddle from Alta Lake to Green Lake is an incredibly popular activity in Whistler.
Slow, playful paddle with sensational backdrops.
In the early months of summer, depending on how fast the snow is melting the river can flow a little fast, however for the most part it is a super mellow float. On a sunny day it delivers arguably some of the best views in Whistler. Glorious scenery of the Armchair Glacier, Spearhead, Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains just to mention a few.
View from my Kayak. Looking towards the Armchair Glacier and Wedge Mountain.
Several companies in town offer a tour, either guided or unguided, starting you in Alta lake and depending on their respective pick up points, ending somewhere towards the end of the river or in Green lake itself. The companies include; Whistler Eco Tours, The Adventure Group and Backroads Whistler.
Generally it takes two to three hours to complete, possibly shorter if you go for it and the river is flowing quickly. Beware of the bends if it is flowing quickly, as it is definitely possible to capsize. A lot of people assume that because it is so mellow it is just like paddling on a lake. I have seen many a person struggling to get back into their boats and, having been in the water myself, I can tell you it is COLD.
A hazard of any water based activity. The River of Golden dreams is glacially fed and therefore very cold. If the weather is hot, it doesn’t take long to dry.
Along the way, there is the potential to see several types of wildlife including; black bears, deer, beavers, Whistler Locals and several types of birds. Unfortunately the only one I can guarantee you will see are the Whistler Locals as they cruise down the river on various forms of floatation devices.
My favourite part of the whole adventure is entering Green lake. The scenery changes from riverbanks with tall grass, scrubs and trees into an incredible mountainous backdrop.
Entering Green Lake looking straight at the Armchair Glacier.
Green Lake can be a very active lake, with paddlers, wake boarders, water skiers and even float planes all coming in to the mix. It doesn’t hurt that all this activity is set in surreal scenery making it very hard not to enjoy it.
The River of Golden Dreams is an activity worth doing at least once. Don’t prepare for the adrenline rush of the century, instead to just get ready to relax, sun bake and take in some incredible views.
Well, reminiscing over for now and although the weather isn’t improving today, I continue to list the things I must do over the next few months.