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The essence of the Coureurs de Bois was looking out, toward the forest on the periphery of town, and seeing opportunity. While society may have condemned them for leaving their responsibilities at home, when they returned, they returned respected businessmen, talented polyglots, men of many tall tales, and men of wealth. The wilds of the uncharted filtered, matured, and nurtured the eternal Canadian ethos: go forth and make your own out of the unknown.

Gran Manitou draws its inspiration and heritage from the values of the Coureurs de Bois. For those that cut against the grain and swim upstream, for the man that returned from the woods - undeterred and hungry.