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Tricks of the trade

The fur trade era, along with the trade of voyageur, was largely about hard work. Here you'll find out about the voyageur's duties, from signing the contract to life at a trading post. Do you have what it takes to be a voyageur?

  • Hired on contract discusses the types of agreement the voyageurs signed with the trading companies. Learn about the terms and salaries of one of Canada's first contracted professions.
  • A day with the brigade is as account of a day in the life of the Red River Brigade on July 29, 1800. A voyageur's existence was not as routine as you might think.
  • The trading post is about fur trading forts: their different types, where and how they were built, as well as daily life at these far-flung outposts of commerce.

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