Saugeen Paddlers Voyageur Canoe Race Weekend
North Canoes are 26 feet long birch bark canoes crewed with either 6 or 8 paddlers. These canoes traditionally used by the North West Company transported furs from the interior to rendezvous points such as Fort William. At Rendezvous, their cargoes of fur were transferred to Montreal Canoes 34 feet long, for shipment east. The North Canoes in turn, would take the goods from the east back to the interior for trade. Teams participate in games of skill — some traditional, some with a little more modern influence.