Visiting the voyageurs’ highway — Crane Lake

Visiting the voyageurs’ highway — Crane Lake

What totally inspires wanna-be voyageurs like me? The impressive lakes of the north woods, of course. Bill and I were fortunate to be on those amazing waters that were part of the voyageurs’ highway. We were invited to spend a September weekend on Bear Island of Crane...
French-Canadians help the Corps of Discovery

French-Canadians help the Corps of Discovery

In all my reading about Lewis and Clark, I never paid attention to the French-Canadian role on the expedition. Guess what we’re going to do today? Starting with President Thomas Jefferson, who read Alexander Mackenzie’s 1801 book about his 1792 overland...
US coin commemorates French-Canadian fur trade

US coin commemorates French-Canadian fur trade

Q: What piece of US currency is linked to the French-Canadian fur trade? A: The Sacagawea dollar! Her baby, peeking over her ear, is half French-Canadian. His father is Toussaint Charbonneau. The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-06 wouldn’t have had its success...
Tracing the voyageurs’ highway: four memoirs

Tracing the voyageurs’ highway: four memoirs

Looking for summer reading? Here are four stories of adventure in the northern woods and waters. The voyage changed the lives of the young canoeists — and the others had been hoping for years to make this trek. I paddled only a few times in the Boundary Waters or on...

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