The Birchbark Canoe
Middle top: The raw materials are gathered: birch bark for the canoe skin, cedar for planking, and spruce roots for "rope” to tie everything together.
Middle: Poles are planted at two-foot intervals, outlining the shape of the canoe. The birchbark skin is placed inside.
Right top: Pieces of bark are sewn together with split spruce roots to form a single canoe skin.
Erected by National Park
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans.
Location. 47° 57.708′ N, 89° 41.085′ W. Marker is in Grand Portage, Minnesota, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from Mill Creek Road, 0.1 miles south of Store Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Mill Creek Rd, Grand Portage MN 55605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North West Company Depot (here, next to this marker); Voyageurs at Grand Portage (within shouting distance of this marker); North West Company Fur Press (within shouting distance of this marker); A Warehouse for Furs, Trade Goods, and Now—Canoes (within shouting distance of this marker); The North West Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard the Gate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Portage (about 400 feet away); Naming This Place (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Portage.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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