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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.

Blog adds a new focus

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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Can people still see voyageurs? Where would you go?

Can people still see voyageurs? Where would you go?

Can people, like, see voyageurs still? Where would you go to learn how to do the work they did, like canoeing, or outdoor skills? Quinn, 11   Yup, there are lots of ways to see and learn how to be a voyageur. It depends on what you want to do, where you live and...

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What was it like to paddle on a canoe brigade?

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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What did voyageurs eat?

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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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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