Prospector Canoe


The Chestnut Prospector canoe is probably the most iconic canoe around and it evoques images of solitary wilderness travel and exploration. It’s the ultimate canoe for extended, self sufficient backcountry trekkings. It can carry an astounding amount of gear and still run the wildest rapids, while it’s light enough to be carried during chalenging portages. Since its conception this canoe has been the go-to for adventurers and explorers alike.

This “workhorse of the North” was designed for prospectors and trappers who needed to hoal their loads up and down Canada’s rivers. Our Prospector canoe is based on a historic Chestnut model and has a flattened, shallow arch hull with good depth amidships to maintain freeboard and deepened ends to keep water out. It has sufficient rocker to make it very maneuverable in whitewater and on challenging lakes.


Cedar and glass fabric-epoxy

The prospector canoe is built with western red cedar and laminated with glass fabric and epoxy. The laminate ensures that the wood is sandwiched and never comes into contact with water. In addition, it provides extreme stiffness which makes the canoe very efficient to be paddled. The boat is finished with high or satin gloss marine varnish with an excellent UV-blocker.

Solid ash for the outfitting

The gunwales, seats, decks and the yoke are made of ash. Ash is hard, very flexible and relatively light. Because the ash parts of the canoe suffer the most they are coated with double boiled linseed oil to keep them flexible and in good shape. The outwales are screwed on to make replacement easy. All screws and bolts are stainless steel.

Additional information


Western red cedar/glass cloth


490 cm


88 cm

Width at waterline

84 cm

Bow height

50 cm


35 cm


26 kg

Max. load range

400 kg


Shalow arch






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