While the more luxurious pelts were turned into fur stoles for the wealthy, the most commonly sought was the beaver pelt which was used for making felt top hats. The pelts were flattened and pressed into transportable units and packaged into heavy bundles that were then shipped by canoe to Montreal. We were shown how the voyageur would have to carry multiple bundles of over 90 pounds each on his back and were allowed to feel and compare different types of fur.
At the hospital, the hilarious "doctor's wife" regaled us with stories about her husband's work, shedding light on the medical practices of the time. She showed us a huge enema tool used as a de-constipator and then explained with a straight face how important it was to apply this contraption close to the toilet (a chair with a hole in it sitting above a bucket) to allow enough time for the patient to get there. Apparently the tool is very effective. She rolled her eyes in disgust as she recalled times when they forgot to put the bucket underneath, or remove the lid from the bucket.