NEW Map for André’s canoe in Book 3: “Uncharted Waters”

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Teachers seeking appropriate information or activities should contact me.

Glossary of French terms (with sound link)    Practice saying the French words.

  1. Bibliography — Book 1
  2. Biblio2 — Books 2 and 3
  3. North West Journal This online journal has many articles for those who want to do further research.
  4. Concordia Language Camp, Bemidji, Minnesota Concordia Language Camp, Les Voyageurs, Bemidji, Minnesota
  5. Northern Tier High Adventure Program of the Boy Scouts of America Canoe and camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota and the Quetico in Canada.
  6. North Folk Arts School, Grand Marais, Minnesota  Families can take many different classes.
  7. Camp Widjiwagan (for youth) and Camp du Nord (for families and groups) offer unique YMCA camping experiences in northern Minnesota.

Birch Bark Visit



Check the EVENTS page for dates when various sites celebrate with a rendezvous.


  1. Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage
  2. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Mille Lacs
  3. Minnesota History Museum, St. Paul
  4. Snake River Fur Post, Pine City
  5. Savanna Portage State Park, McGregor
  6. Voyageurs National Park, east of International Falls


  1. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, near Danbury
  2. Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay
  3. Historic Indian Agency House, Portage

Madeline Island, the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, became an important fur-trading center for the French in the 17th century. The museum in LaPointe is open in the summer.

Prairie du Chien has many fur trade sites along the Mississippi River. On St. Feriole Island, tour the Rolette and Brisbois cabins, the Brisbois Store and Fur Trade Museum, the Villa Louis House and Fort Crawford. The town also is home to an Old French Cemetery and several original homes.


  1. Colonial Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City  
  2. Sault Ste. Marie

North Dakota

  1. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Abercrombie
  2. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, near Williston
  3. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn    


  1. Museum of the Fur Trade,  Chadron


  1. The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, Montreal, Quebec
  2. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, 30 miles north of Winnipeg, Manitoba
  3. Fort William Historical Park, Fort William, Ontario 
  4. Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario
  5. Edmonton House Brigade
  6. Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, St. Joseph Island, Ontario

Nikki Rajala - Author No wonder Nikki Rajala writes about voyageurs—her French-Canadian ancestors paddled birch bark canoes on many fur trade brigades. One great-great wintered for 16 years in fur posts west of Lake Superior and threads of family stories infuse this book. On Girl Scout canoe expeditions as a teen, she explored Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. Nikki loves rendezvous re-enactments, reading fur trade journals, visiting museums, tasting voyageur foods.

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