Voyageur Canoe Paddles are Back

Metroparks will again host popular living-history events in Hinckley and Berea

Celebrating its 18th season, Cleveland Metroparks Voyageur Canoe Paddles take to the water once again to immerse participants in the life of an old-time Voyageur.

The one-hour living history programs take paddlers on a trip back to the Fur Trade Era.

While paddling the canoes, participants can sing along to the French Canadian paddle songs and sample the food of the time.

The Paddle provides the opportunity for individuals, friends and families to learn about the Great Lakes Fur Trade Era in a unique and active way.

The 34-foot Voyageur Canoe is a fiberglass replica of the original voyageur canoes, which were used to travel the Great Lakes from Montreal to Lake Superior and the eastern shores of Minnesota in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Each participant paddles the large, 18-seater canoe on either Hinckley Lake or Wallace Lake.           

The 2012 schedule for the ever-popular Voyageur Canoe Paddles is:

Hinckley Lake at Hinckley Reservation

  • June 4 (full moon)*, June 16 - 17
  • July 3*, July 15
  • August 2*, August 18, August 31*
  • September 8 - 9, September 29*
  • October 1 - 2, October 13, October 29*

 Wallace Lake at Mill Stream Run Reservation

  • July 7 - 8
  • August 4 - 5

Shove-off times for paddles on Saturdays and Sundays are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. OR 3:30 p.m.

*Full moon rides are at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Registration and a $5 fee per person are required. Space is limited. Life jackedt are provided.

Hinckley Lake is located between West Drive and East Drive in Hinckley Reservation, south of Bellus Road in HinckleyTownship.

Wallace Lake is located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea.

For more information and to register, call 440-786-8530.


Rosy Robin May 12, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Is this sponsored by the fur industry? Today 50 million animals are killed in HORRIFIC ways by the fur industry. Eighty percent of the fur in the US comes from China where there are no regulations. There is video of animals being anally electrocuted, strangled, and shoved into gas chambers. Some animals are skinned while still somewhat alive. They writhe in pain. The fur industry knows that people are turning away from fur, especially in the US and Western Europe where fur sales are down. I'm sure that they are interested in making fur seem "historical" and "natural". Thus, the increasing number of historical fur trade events I've noticed lately. Fur was cruel in America's past. Today, it's beyond barbaric. To hide the ugliness of the fur trade in "history" makes one wonder how long before there are tours that romanticize America's slave past.
tom m May 12, 2012 at 05:10 AM
now where are my leather shoes I want to go out to longhorns and have a nice big steak


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