It says in my Wikipedia source that voyageurs worked into their 60s. I have my doubts. I can't imagine anyone laboring that hard, in so dangerous a profession, for 40 years plus. (Would you want to paddle a canoe far out on the big lake they call Gitchi Gami? Superior, it's said, never gives up her dead, when the skies of November turn gloomy.) If they didn't drown in a storm, or in the rapids, they would be crippled by hernias, worn-out knees and hips, wrecked backs, or simple exhaustion.