Be a voyageur at summer rendezvous events

Be a voyageur at summer rendezvous events

While we missed festivals during the pandemic of 2020, it’s exciting to see rendezvous events being scheduled for summer 2021. Do check websites below for updated info about weekend times and activities. While there still aren’t many, more are organizing...
17+ voyageur events to ‘visit’ this summer

17+ voyageur events to ‘visit’ this summer

Don’t you just want to get outside these days? Plan something unique, historical, interactive and FUN fun this summer? Festivals feature voyageurs and Ojibwe at rendezvous or historical events with foods, crafts, re-enactors, classes, cultural displays. Visit a...
John Macdonell’s journal: part 3

John Macdonell’s journal: part 3

John Macdonnell’s brigade is working their way upstream since May 25, 1793. It takes them about 3 weeks to reach the Mattawa River, a tributary off the Ottawa River, which they call the Grand River. Eventually they reach the height-of-land, and, with a big...
Digging into the Voyageurs’ World

Digging into the Voyageurs’ World

When I needed info on pensions for infirm canoemen, where could I find it? Luckily, a book by Carolyn Podruchny had just enough online to answer my question — and more. Her “Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade” had much to...
What happens when voyageurs met Quakers?

What happens when voyageurs met Quakers?

Did voyageurs ever intersect with Quakers? In “Voyageurs: A Novel,” Margaret Elphinstone used that concept to tell the story of the fur trade, sharpening the differences between the two very dissimilar groups. The tale follows a young English Quaker who’s received a...

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