Yukon River Quest Canoe Rental Information

The Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association will be renting a limited number of race-ready canoes for the Yukon River Quest.

Available to rent through our organization are:

  • Three 18’6″; Clipper Whitewater II canoes (with spray skirts) purchased prior to the 2007 race. Color white.
  • Five 18’2″; Clipper Jensen 18 canoes (with spray skirts).  Three are white and were purchased prior to 2005 race. Three (1 blue, 2 yellow) were purchased prior to the 2004 race.
  • One Clipper Langley Voyageur Canoe that was purchased for the 2006 race, includes required floatation.

All canoes will need to be equipped by renters with bow and stern lines and other required equipment in the rules.

Rental rate for the Whitewater IIs and Jensen 18 is $500 per boat, and the rate for the Voyageur canoe is $1,500.

These canoes will be rented on a first come, first served basis to registered teams only. To inquire about the list of available canoes, and to reserve one for this year’s race, please contact Race Secretary Valerie Ross after you register.

Each renter will be required to place a deposit of $100 on a Visa or MasterCard to secure a reservation. Reservations may be cancelled up to May 15, 2012 and 75 percent of the deposit will be refunded; deposits will not be refunded for cancellations after that date. The balance of the rental must be paid at time of rental.

Each renter must sign a rental agreement when picking up the canoe from the Boat Marshal, and will be responsible for the boat and liable for any damages above normal wear and tear during the event, up to and including replacement cost.

Pickup of the canoe in Whitehorse will be coordinated with the Boat Marshal.

The rental period can begin up to 10 days prior to the race  for training. The canoe will be released back to the organization at the end of the race. The rental includes free shuttle of the canoe to the starting line in Whitehorse, back from Dawson City, and at the end of training runs prior to the race from Takhini River bridge sponsored by Kanoe People. The canoe will be returned upon the team’s finish at Dawson, and must be cleaned and inspected before being loaded on our YRQ boat trailer.


Whitehorse outfitters Up North Adventures and Kanoe People should be contacted directly for information on renting solo and tandem kayaks for the race.


Kanoe People has a limited number of 17’ Clipper canoes that are suitable for the race, but not as fast as the Jensen models, and Up North Adventures also has several recreational models available. The race office also has a list of private boat owners who may be able to rent their canoes for the race.

For other voyageur canoes to rent in the area, try Kanoe People, Up North Adventures, Cabin Fever Adventures, Trevor Braun @ Yukan Canoe, and Dave Wooldridge @ Ridge Wilderness Adventures in British Columbia.