Even with the cold climate and hard toil, life in New France has advantages over the lives they left behind.
Unlike many women at the time, the Filles du Roi are allowed to choose their husbands.
Many of them are from France's cities and are about to get a harsh introduction to the backbreaking world of 17th century farm labour.
She is one of 800 young French women known as les filles du roi who immigrated to New France between 16 as part of a program designed to boost the population by encouraging male immigrants to settle, marry and raise families. The British colonies have a farming-based economy, meaning men bring their wives over and have families, whereas the French settlers are mostly fur trappers and missionaries. Britain's colonies are growing, but in New France, which has only one woman for every six men, the population is stuck.
France, on the other hand, has banned Protestants from going to New France.
Police say they’ve opened two sexual assault investigations after a Halloween party at a Quebec ski resort north of the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
In one of the cases, police say a 16-year-old girl was found naked and unconscious and hospital tests found that she had consumed the so-called date rape drug GHB.
Britain has a wide-open policy on who can come to the colonies, meaning Brits from all walks of life are risking the perilous ocean voyage.
Britain's colonies to the south have 18 times as many settlers as New France.In the other case, a 17-year-old girl reported being inappropriately touched on her way into the party.Police say Friday’s “Spookland” event also resulted in 12 party-goers being transported to hospital for drug or alcohol-related illnesses, many of them minors.Two-thirds of today's French-Canadians can trace their ancestry back to one of these 800 women. Some famous Americans also claim a Fille du Roi as an ancestor, including Hillary Clinton, Madonna and Angelina Jolie.There are very few first-hand accounts of the lives of the Filles du Roi. Their histories have largely been told by subsequent generations.Fournel says many partiers were already under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they arrived at the event after taking bus rides from various Ottawa communities.