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The group of students is paddling up to ten hours a day on their journey recreating the travels of the fur traders. From May to August they will be paddling about 2,000 kilometres across Ontario
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Tracing historic fur trade routes

A small group of Ontario Metis have embarked upon a summer long canoe trip.

The ten young people, eight paddlers and two following along the shore in a support vehicle, will travel some 2,000 km along the waterways of Ontario as they retrace a fur-trading route from the national capitol, Ottawa, to the city of Thunder Bay.

Their canoe is of a similar size and style to that of the large “voyageur” canoes, and although modern, is painted to look similar to the birch-bark canoes of long ago. They are also dressed in period-style clothes.

The group left Ottawa on May 26 and as of this weekend, they are at about the half way point at Killarney Ontario and heading from Georgian Bay toward Lake Superior.

The group has been taking part in cultural events at stops along the way providing an insight into metis and voyageur culture.

They plan to reach Thunder Bay in late August in time to take part in the Metis of Ontario annual general meeting.

Posted in History, Indigenous, Lifestyle
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