Explore our interactive exhibits and learn about the global economy of the fur trade, the work lives of those involved, cross-cultural communication, women's roles, and archaeology. Here you can:
- View a 24-foot birch canoe and the merchandise it carried
- Try lifting a heavy voyageur pack
- Visit our "London hat shop" and try on fashionable hats made from beaver felt
- Explore the language station and learn fur trade phrases in French and Ojibwe
- Pattern a voyageur sash with geometric tiles
In 1988, boat builder Mark Hansen crafted the 18th-century replica birch bark canoe that is on display in the visitor center. It was built for La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Saint Pierre, a group of reenactors who attempt to replicate the experiences of fur-trade-era voyageurs. La Compagnie members paddle the same waters as did the voyageurs, sleep under their canoes like the voyageurs, and even eat the same grim salt pork diet as the voyageurs. About the only thing different is the snapshot-taking bystanders who surround La Compagnie members as they disembark from their canoes.
Make the most of your visit! Guided tours of the historic site leave from the visitor center every half-hour starting when the site opens; last tour leaves at 4 pm. Each tour lasts about 40 minutes. Available when the site is open in the summer and fall.