At the ends of many of the portage paths were to be found busy out-door work-shops in the old days of pirogues and canoes.
This was a trying labor; and the portage itself was not less laborious.
The portage was somewhat difficult, being over a high bank, across a rocky road, and down through a stretch of bog.
That night they encamped a mile above the upper end of the portage.
They could discover no way to portage or to let down, and Powell believed running it meant certain destruction.
"portage," said the Indian, following the half-breed with his eyes.
This they eventually discovered in time to effect the portage before dark.
The next outcrop observed was on the portage from the Nascaupee River.
We complained, coming up portage Creek, and over the heads of the draws, trying to find their old portage trail.
The place of transit from one river to the other was known for years as the portage.
early 15c., "action of carrying," said to be from Old French portage, Medieval Latin portaticum, though the meaning of these was "tax paid on entering a town," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "carrying of boats from one navigable water to another" is from 1690s, reinforced in Canadian French.