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Whitby Canoe Rentals

Updated December 6, 2021

Whitby Area has thirteen 16-ft. prospector canoes to help provide on-the-water experience for our youth. The following process is intended to help you reserve the canoes for your safe training and canoeing.

Safe Scouting Comes First - Water Safety

  1. Swimming Ability: In terms of good risk management, only people who can swim while wearing a PFD are allowed to go in a canoe or on canoe trips. This applies to youth and leaders and other volunteers. This requires a swim test beforehand. A leader must observe and verify everyone's ability to swim. We recommend 4 lengths of a pool. Some groups rent a pool and practice canoe-over-canoe rescues along with the swim test wearing clothing. Other groups incorporate the swim test into a fun meeting night at the Whitby Civic pool. Group Commissioners who are the signing authority on the Whitby Area Float Plan are responsible to ensure that all canoeing and canoe trip members can swim.

  2. Wearing a PFD: According to the Life Saving Society drowning statistics, in almost 100% of drowning cases, the victim was not wearing a PFD/life jacket. Therefore a properly worn PFD can save lives. All leaders, adults and youth who are IN, ON or NEAR the water and could slip/fall in the water are to wear a PFD or lifejacket. We acknowledge that this represents a change in practice.

  3. Rescue Ability: At least one leader or designate must be able to execute:
    (a) a canoe over canoe rescue and
    (b) a rescue of a swimmer in distress.

  4. Swim Location Knowledge: before swimming, the water area must be properly assessed for hazards and steps taken to mitigate potential problems.


  1. Obtain the Canoe Use Application and Float Plan forms from your Group Committee or your Service Scouter, or this web site. (See Forms W1.5 (Canoe Use Application) and W1.6 (Float Form))

  2. Determine your needs for both number of canoes and need for a trailer.

  3. Plan dates for your outings plus some alternates and call the area canoe co-ordinator and arrange for your dates. Plan also for the swim test.

  4. Fill out the Canoe Use Application form and have it signed by your Group Committee. The Float Plan form should also be completed for all water activities, except pool sessions.

  5. Deliver the completed forms to the the Whitby area canoe co-ordinator, with payment in full. Note: these cheques and forms must come from the Group Committee a minimum of two weeks prior to the event. All canoe use requires payment of rental fees, except during winter.

  6. Call the Whitby canoe co-ordinator four days prior to your rental date to arrange a check out time. If the canoe co-ordinator is not available, he or she will get an alternate key holder.

  7. Make sure you leave enough time to inspect the canoes for damage. Minor scratches and scrapes are considered normal wear and tear. Hull damage will be professionally repaired and these charges will be the responsibility of the group. Note: A minor hole or tear would normally cost more than $150 to repair.

  8. Canoe return should be arranged the same as in point 6 above. Make sure there is enough time to re-inspect the canoes and sign them back in.

Trailer for Canoes

Please note: Trailer use is not automatic and should be requested. We will supply paddles, bailers/throw bags, and a simple tire iron for the trailer, however groups need to provide a floatable, waterproof flashlight for each canoe, and a personal whistle attached to the PFD.

Both canoe trailers have 1-7/8" ball, only one is written on the tongue.
Each member of your trip needs a PFD that fits them correctly. Any clarification of this process may be referred to your Group Commissioner or the Whitby canoe co-ordinator.

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