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The Voyageurs

The Voyageurs

| 19 min

This short film tells the tale of the men who drove big freighter canoes into the wilderness in the days when the fur trade was Canada's biggest business. The film recreates scenes of the early 19th century with a soundtrack by an all-male chorus.

  • producer
    Bernard Devlin
  • photography
    Bernard Gosselin
    Bill Mason
  • music
    Robert Fleming
  • singer
    Alan Mills
  • sound effects
    Donald Wellington
  • sound recording
    Ron Alexander
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla


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Ages 17 to 17

History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)
History - Early Colonization/Settlement

This film, though not recent, can be useful to history teachers looking for ways to dynamically illustrate the difficulties encountered by Canada’s first explorers: the many natural and human obstacles, the difficulty in locating adequate food supply, etc.

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