Voyageurs National Park
The voyaguers (French for travellers) were among the earliest Europeans to explore North America, from the mid-1600s onward. They travelled mainly by canoe and provided the main transport for the fur trade while the coureurs des bois (runners of the woods) handled getting furs by trading with the Indians, and Montreal merchants did the marketing.
The voyageurs explored much of what are now Western Canada and the Western US. Traces of them can be seen in French names all over the map: Detroit, Joliet, Des Moines, Portage la Prairie and Grand Portage, even as far as the Picketwire River (from French Purgatoire) in Colorado.