BBC Yukon

BBC Yukon

Yukon River Quest

The producer of the award winning BBC series ‘Extreme Lives’ contacted me after my Atlantic row to find out if they could film my next expedition. So I joined forces with old friend Bruce Parry (of BBC ‘Tribe’ fame) to take part in the world’s longest canoe race – The Yukon River Quest – just south of the Arctic Circle in Canada. We were the first ever British team to enter.

The Challenge

The fourth annual Yukon River Quest started in Whitehorse, Canada and travelled across Lake Laberge and down the Yukon River through remote Northern wilderness areas to Dawson City in the Klondike Valley – home of the world’s last great gold rush. 31 teams from Germany, Ireland, England, Canada, and the U.S took part in the 715km race. Seeing bears and moose on the riverbank was something else!   


Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon, Canada


715km / 444miles


June 2002


4 Days

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Debra Searle MVO, MBE shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo. As a sought after motivational speaker and author, she has spoken at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.  She has founded five companies and presented over 40 programmes for the BBC.

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