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.

Were girls ever voyageurs?

Were girls ever voyageurs?

Were girls ever voyageurs? Did girls go on the fur brigades? Amazingly, yes. If you figure in all the Native American women, there are countless thousands whose assistance was invaluable. If you're talking European immigrants or Caucasians, a bare handful. To paddle...

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Roadkill can be beautiful?

Roadkill can be beautiful?

Roadkill became a beaver pelt processed in old way — as a hooped or “made beaver.” Valuable once for trade goods, now it’s beautiful —and interesting — on its own.

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Help wanted: Voyageurs!

Help wanted: Voyageurs!

Voyageurs were hardy men who paddled birch bark canoes and portaged trade goods for the fur trade from Montreal or from the hinterlands from the mid 1600s -1800s. Guides, interpreters and steersmen had the highest skills. They rarely rose in the job hierarchy.

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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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