Voyageur’s Blog

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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.

What did voyageurs eat?

What did voyageurs eat? Only pea soup? Really? (Mara, age 9) Why didn't they catch fish or shoot game on the way instead? (Jenner, age 14) Or eat something else, like rice or beans? Didn't they get bored with the same food? (Aubry, age 12) Well, back in that day,...

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Voyageurs sang while they paddled? Why was that?

Voyageurs sang?? While they paddled? Why was that? What kind of songs did they sing? (Kacee, age 9) Yes, voyageurs, the French-Canadian canoemen of the fur trade, sang while they paddled their birch bark canoes over thousands of miles of rivers and lakes across the...

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How big was a voyageur's canoe?

How big was the canoe? How many voyageurs paddled it? (Christian, grade 4) There were different sizes of canoes. The first one that André paddled, from Montreal to Grand Portage, was the biggest. It was a Montreal canoe (also called the canot de maître or master’s...

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How much was a beaver fur worth?

How much was a beaver fur worth? What could Native Americans when they traded for their furs? What did they want most? What was worth the most? (Tyler, age 14) To answer these questions, look on the Resources page for “Value of One Beaver.” I’ve posted a list of some...

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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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