Freshmen canoe down Soo’s river of history

Student Canoe Tour21ST-CENTURY VOYAGERS –First-year Lake Superior State University students power a replica 26-foot Voyageur canoe on Aug. 23, the likes of which moved commerce around the 17th-Century Great Lakes much like semi-trucks do today. The freshmen were guests of Sault, Ont., canoe owners Gary and Joanie McGuffin and the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, who hosted an hour-long paddling tour of the St. Mary’s River south of Sault, Mich. LSSU recreation studies professor Sally Childs serves on the Conservancy board and helped organize the trip as a first-year college life experience. Look here for more about upcoming Voyageur canoe appearances and other Conservancy activities. Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating 350 years since its founding as a European settiement. Natives have gathered at the Sault for thousands of years. (LSSU/John Shibley)