Who are we? La Compagnie is a member sponsored, non-profit historical society for anyone interested in interpreting the fur trade era of the upper Midwest.
We offer presentations and demonstrations, and participate in “living history” events on fur trade subjects.
We demonstrate life during the fur trade era, including the various crafts and skills of the time.
We advocate the preservation of fur trade heritage; and does so by serving efforts to preserve original fur trade buildings such as the Sibley House in Mendota and the Oliver Faribault Cabin at The Landing in Shakopee, and by supporting fur trade era historical sites such as Grand Portage National Monument and the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City.
Consider becoming a member!
Visit us at a voyageur living history event.
Look for us! We appear in colorful period-appropriate clothing with our replica birch bark canoes and
authentic fur trade goods at historic sites, rendezvous, “heritage days,” community celebrations, festivals
and educational events across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Check out the schedule below to see where we will be next!
- June 20, Faribault Heritage Days Celebration, Faribault, MN
- July 9, Luck Public Library, Luck, WI
- July 25, Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove, MN
- August 7-9, Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage, MN
- September 19-20, North West Company Fur Post, Pine City, MN
Saturday, June 20, Faribault Heritage Celebration, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: We’ll be right there in Central Park — next to the midway rides and the band shell — with a 20-foot long replica “north” canoe, a wide array of trade goods and furs, plus some colorful characters. This is a FREE, family-friendly event.
Thursday, July 9, Voyageurs visit the Summer Reading Program at the Luck Public Library, 3:30 to 5:00 pm: We’ll set up a simulated trading operation with our huge display of authentic trade goods and genuine animal furs and our 26′-foot replica birch bark canoe. This is a FREE, family-friendly event.
Saturday, July 25, “Voyageur for a Day” Celebration at the Historic Pierre Bottineau House, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Explore our small voyageur encampment filled with colorful trade goods, luxurious fur pelts and one of our replica birch bark canoes. Drop in anytime. This is a FREE, family-friendly event.
Friday-Sunday, August 7-9, Rendezvous Days & Powwow at Grand Portage National Monument, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily: Just outside the main gate, our winterer’s camp is filled with dozens of La Compagnie members and all the hustle and bustle of rendezvous activity. Inside the kitchen, our cooks demonstrate how the partners of the North West Company ate. Held annually the second full weekend in August, this is a FREE, family-friendly event.
Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20, Festival of the Voyageur, Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 noon-4:00 pm: Visit La Compagnie’s bustling camp along the historic Snake River. Explore our colorful trade goods display, identify the furs that were traded, maybe join us for a paddle on the river in in our huge replica Montreal canoe. This family-friendly event is held annually the third full weekend in September. The event is included in the admission fee to visit this Minnesota Historical Society historic site and museum.
Would your organization like to learn more about the fur trade, the voyageurs, and skills needed for living in the wilderness 200 years ago?
La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Rivìere Saint Pierre may just be the group you have been searching for!