Voyageur’s Life

Ask a voyageur a question. Here’s a blog to answer your questions, like what was life like during the 1800s in French Canada? Like who could or couldn’t be a voyageur? How big the canoes were? What trade goods they carried? What different furs were worth? What they used for medicine?

I’ll answer these and more in the “A Voyageur’s Life” blog. Click on the button below to ask your question or go to the “Contact” section of this site…

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Voyageurs were hardy men who paddled birch bark canoes and portaged trade goods for the fur trade from Montreal or from the hinterlands from the mid 1600s -1800s. Guides, interpreters and steersmen had the highest skills. They rarely rose in the job hierarchy.

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Voyageurs had pensions?!

Some old voyageurs received monies from a pension fund. Wonder what that means? You can check family ancestry to see what voyageurs they earned and where they wintered. They often paid in a percent — did they ever collect a benefit?

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