Étienne Brûlé – the original Coureur de bois

bruleOur latest episode is on Étienne Brûlé – a Frenchman who would become the most famous of the Coureur de bois – or “Runner of woods.” In the early 1600s, he would be critical in exploring lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, becoming the first man to visit Lake Superior and Lake Ontario, as well as venture into modern-day Pennsylvania.


There is not a lot about Étienne Brûlé, but here is a list of some of the better online resources available: