Historical in Canada,
- a person who transported goods and passengers by boat to trading posts for the fur companies
- any woodsman or boatman of the Canadian wilds
Origin of voyageurFr, traveler
A woodsman, boatman, or guide employed by a fur company to transport goods and supplies between remote stations in Canada or the US Northwest.
Origin of voyageurFrench, traveler, from voyager, to travel, from voyage, journey, from Old French veyage; see voyage.
- A trader, particularly in furs, who worked (explored) in the area of Canada and the northern United States from the 16th to early 19th centuries; they were often of Quebecois extraction.
From French (below)