What REALLY happens at a rendezvous?

What REALLY happens at a rendezvous?

What was it like at a rendezvous? Could we still see what happened? Would it be safe for kids? (Taya and Brinn, age 13) In the 1800s, voyageurs celebrated for most of July at the rendezvous. After six weeks (or more) of paddling full-tilt from either Lachine with...
The Witched Canoe #2

The Witched Canoe #2

  In print, the tale of the Flying Canoe, La Chasse Galerie dates back to 1891 but it was an old tale then and told across Canada. It’s told about French-Canadian lumbermen as well. Logging as a career probably came after that of canoe paddling/fur trading....
For a wild ride, try a Flying Canoe

For a wild ride, try a Flying Canoe

Get cozy on a cold night. Here is a popular French-Canadian story — the tale of the Flying Canoe. (also known as La Chasse Galerie, The Bewitched Canoe and The Wild Hunt.) It’s New Year’s Eve at a far-flung trading post. The voyageurs are lonely, nervous about...
What’s that you said??

What’s that you said??

The writings that have survived from fur traders are full of inventive spellings — like Lac Ouinipique or Ouisconstan. Can you guess where they are? There weren’t many literate people in the fur trade. Most voyageurs signed their contracts with an X. The clerks’...

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