What Is a Canadian Lumberjack?

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Lumberjacks are woodcutters who worked for the timber trade around the time it bloomed, and Canadian lumberjacks come from Canada. Lumberjacks from this country stand as a symbol of strength and masculinity because of the exhausting nature of their work and the harsh conditions they lived under. Modern loggers are not called lumberjacks; the word describes workers who did not use motorized tools.

The timber industry became an important player in the Canadian economy around the turn of the 18th century. It is estimated that by the 19th century, half of Canadian males worked as lumberjacks. Later on, there an increasing demand for pulpwood made the timber industry even larger.

The introduction of modern machinery meant that a lot more work could be done with less effort and fewer risks. This also allowed women to work as loggers for the first time, although it remains a predominantly male trade.