The Voyageurs

The Voyageurs

                                The Voyageurs
| 19 min

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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.

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The Voyageurs, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • 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

  • Yeer

    This video is pure earrape by the ocean hurting my hears

    Yeer, 19 Apr 2021
  • None

    love it

    None, 12 Feb 2021
  • icecristal100


    icecristal100, 8 Jan 2021
  • PatrickS

    @williamself its a tune called C'est L'Aviron, a traditional song from France. While Mr. Fleming may have arrange the piece, he did not write it.

    PatrickS, 9 Nov 2015
  • NFB_Moderator

    @williamself -- The song is unnamed! It's part of the original score composed by Robert Fleming.

    NFB_Moderator, 19 Dec 2014
  • williamself

    I'd love to know the name of the very catchy song we hear at the opening of this film.

    williamself, 19 Dec 2014
  • sixam

    Is the narrator supposed to be Sir George Simpson, the Hudson Bay Company governor at the time?

    sixam, 3 Mar 2014
  • gitfiddle

    I don't know how many times I put this film on for visitors when I worked at RMHNHS. I had it pretty much memorized back then: "...simple, lusty men..." - a definite classic!

    gitfiddle, 1 Sep 2011
  • kboy


    kboy, 1 Nov 2010
  • kboy

    im doing this for hw lol

    kboy, 1 Nov 2010
  • TimmyK

    Wow! This film was played every year at my summer camp to inaugurate the annual colour wars- which was themed as a epic battle of Lumberman vs Voyageurs. I love it!

    TimmyK, 17 Jul 2010

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