Take a trip back in time to our local 1827 Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post at Fort Langley this summer. Watch live demonstrations throughout the day, stop for coffee or lunch at lelem’ at the fort café, pan for gold, visit the bunnies and goats, and be immersed in the heritage of this national historic site.
Summer at Fort Langley
Daily from July 2nd until September 5th, join in these activities:
- 10:30am Introductory Tour – Join a short tour providing a synopsis of Fort Langley’s story.
- 11:00am Blacksmith and Cooper – Watch sparks fly as our blacksmith bends steel, then watch as the cooper shapes barrel staves.
- 12:30pm Feature Interpretive Program – Join in the excitement of an interactive presentation highlighting the stories of Fort Langley’s original inhabitants: the boat builders, fur traders, farmers and families.
- 1:00pm Introductory Tour – Join a short tour providing a synopsis of Fort Langley’s story.
- 1:30pm Blacksmith and Cooper – Watch sparks fly as our blacksmith bends steel, then watch as the cooper shapes barrel staves.
- 2:00pm Historic Guns – What guns were used during the fur trade, and when were they used? Get all the answers at this demonstration. (Musket firing is weather dependent).
- 2:30pm BB Musket Target Practice – It’s your turn: fire a bb-style musket and take home your souvenir target. Ten shots for $3.90.
- 3:00pm Blacksmith and Cooper – Watch sparks fly as our blacksmith bends steel, then watch as the cooper shapes barrel staves.
- 3:30pm Historic Gun Cleaning – Meet a costumed interpreter while they care for the historic weapons.
- 4:00pm Farm and Garden Walk – Discover the types of plants Fort Langley has growing in the heritage garden and visit the farm animals. Learn about the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company farm.
- 4:30pm Flag Lowering – Witness the lowering of the flag with a song.
Summer Camp at Fort Langley
Camp Voyageurs runs July 18 to July 22 and again August 8 to August 12, 2016, and gives youth the opportunity to experience what life was like living as a legendary Voyageur. They will learn skills to survive in the wild, participate in crafts, music and activities related to the French, Metis and First Nations cultures of the fur trade, and enjoy traditional bannock as a tasty treat.
Trades Camp runs from July 11 to July 15, 2016 and again from August 15 to August 19, 2016 and youth will have a hands-on experience with what life was like in a Hudson’s Bay Company fort in the 1800s. They will dress up as a Royal Engineer, fire an airsoft musket, learn how blacksmiths make tools, take part in making a barrel, and pan for gold.
Parents can register their children today online. The camps are open to ages 6 to 12 and cost $166 per child/per week or $146.50 with an annual pass. For more information, call 604-513-4777.
Canada Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site
On July 1, Fort Langley will celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Visitors can enjoy multicultural music, cake and a ceremony at noon, and family activities.
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