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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 — I’ll find the answers.

A Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage!

A Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage, with 30 Indigenous, Jesuit, English and French-Canadian paddlers, left Midland, Ontario, July 21. The voyage followed the shores of the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron to the French River. Then they headed upstream on the French River to Lake...

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Blog adds a new focus

As I continue to research (and fact-check) for Book 2, I come across fun information. It's not only the questions that people ask me at presentations or online, which was the topic of Voyageur's Blog. But the new stuff interests me greatly — and I want to share what...

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What was it like to paddle on a canoe brigade?

What was it like to paddle on a canoe brigade? Did voyageurs ever write about it? Did voyageurs keep journals? (Renner, 12; Carsyn, 13; Blake, 11) In 1793,  John Macdonell left Lachine to begin serving as a North West Company clerk—and he kept a journal! This post...

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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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