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Children launch birch bark canoe

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- Our cities and towns have changed through the decades but one West Michigan feature has remained timeless.  Sixth graders from Goodwillie Environmental Schools in Ada spent Friday on a journey back in time on the Grand River.

Last year students spent nine months hand-building an authentic birch bark voyager canoe.  Friday they paddled down the Grand, from Ada to Plainfield Township, tracing the routes French fur traders traveled in the 1830's.

Kevin Finney with Great Lakes Lifeways Institute said, "I think kids have a great sense of imagination and I think that their imagination goes immediately back in time and it's just a sense of wonder."

There were trading posts in Grand Rapids, Ada and Lowell where the French traded goods with Native American tribes.