Race to the Rendezvous Point
The Voyagers Rendezvous is coming to Prince Albert! Team members from all over Canada have been selected to represent the 10 provinces and will partake in a month long canoeing journey down the North Saskatchewan River. It is a reenactment of the 1967 canoe race (called the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant) in celebration of First Nation and European co-operation through trading and will occur this year in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday! The teams will begin their voyage at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site in Alberta and will paddle all the way to La Pas, Manitoba. Over the course of 23 days, teams will travel 1600 km, following the original fur trade route. In France and Britain, beaver felt hats were at the height of fashion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. As a consequence, there was a boom in the fur trade industry in Canada that required co-operation and partnerships between First Nation people and Canadian traders and trappers. As part of Canada’s 150th birthday, we are celebrating the early trade routes and settlements, like Prince Albert, that were established along these routes. The Voyageurs Rendezvous Canoe Race will be in Prince Albert July 15-16, 2017 (previously being at Fort Carlton) and the event will include cultural games, interactive programing, and workshops that celebrate aboriginal culture. All are welcome to the event!