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The movemen t of goods and furs, however, was confi ned almost wholly to the summer. The cond uct of the fur trade required a relatively large number of men . AC

Lawrence. Here, however, we are primarily concerned with the French system of transportatio n between the upper lakes and what is now the Canadian west. Their principal route began at Fort Kaministiquia. on Lake Superior (where Fort William now stands). Jacques de Noyon who discovered the route in 1688. later wrote a description of it,33 which shows that it led by the Kaministiquia River to Rainy Lake, and by Rainy River to Lake of the Woods. Particularly in th e early part of the trip there were long portages.

Thus the Toronto portage was removed from the line of the H umber ' east to Yonge Street, but though completed before the end of the century, there is no evidence that it was extensively used for the carriage of furs. The characteristic tendency of this period was the steady expansion of the fur trade into the north-west and far west .. an expansion which necessarily followed the main rivers. The principal routes have already been traced as far as Lake \Vinnipeg. From there the Saskatchewan River led south and west to join the Red Deer and Bow Rivers, and the northern branch into the Rockies beyond the present city of Edmonton.

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