Canada Road

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler : Tom Plant
  5. Kids on the Canada Road
  6. Old Canada Road International Corridor
  7. Chaud-Bec Project

  1. Kids on the Canada Road

Dru Markle-Bloom at the Case farm archeological site, Cornville, Maine.
(Photo by Barry Rodrigue, June 1999).

What would a curious artist-educator from Nashville, Tennessee find so engaging about the Canada Road Project? It all began with her wondering about the French voyageurs who had traveled through Tennessee's forests during Nashville's early history and established it as a center for trade. Some apparently even called this river settlement "French Lick", after these pioneers and a salt lick in the area. So, with the help of a grant from the Frist Foundation, Dru Markle-Bloom traveled to Québec during the summer of 1999 to work with geographer Barry Rodrigue and learn the history of the Canada Road. Dru found the Canada Road to be a route similar to the Natchez Trace. While the Canada Road had connected the St. Lawrence river system in Québec to the Gulf of Maine, the Natchez Trace had connected the Ohio river system in Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico. Her study has been to compare these two early French areas of North America, so they might bring this heritage alive in the Tennessee schools. She is in the process of building a website for her students, so that they can communicate with other children in French America and share their experiences.

Canada Road-Natchez Trace students of Westminster School, Nashville, Tennessee.