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Fort Langley National Historic Site

2014 Calendar of Events

July

August

September

October

November

December

*Advance tickets required



Xplorers Club Launch Party

July 10

Xplorers Program 
© Parks Canada

Come try our new Xplorers Program. The first 50 children to complete their activity booklet will get a special souvenir. Everyone will get a free “X marks the spot” Xplorers tattoo.


“1812 on Tour” Outdoor Exhibit

July 11 - 13

1812
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What’s so big about 1812? Come see for yourself by visiting 1812 On Tour at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Take a photo in front of our huge inflatable numbers, play period games, and learn about a war that helped define Canada as a nation.


Parks Day

July 19, 10am - 5pm

Parks Day
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Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Try starting a fire with flint and steel. Discover camping then and now and learn how 19th century fur traders survived in the wilderness, and try some modern day camping skills. Follow up your visit with a family walk or bike ride on the Fort-to-Fort Trail, where you will see some fun family activities provided by Metro Vancouver Parks and Parks Canada.


The 2014 Prospera Valley Granfondo

July 20

Granfondo 2014 
© Bea Carlson Photography

The 2014 Prospera Valley Granfondo Powered by PwC is a mass-participation cycling event in the Fraser Valley – make this your “must do” cycling event in the summer of 2014. Wouldn’t you love to start and finish finish at the Fort Langley National Historic Site and enjoy a First Nations feast from Lelem Cultural Cafe and festivities after the ride?

For more information to volunteer or register, visit www.ValleyGranFondo.com.


Ride into History

July 25 and 26

Elvis 
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The Ride into History is a family event and fun for all ages. Friday evening is a Cruise ‘n’ Concert held in the Orchard at Fort Langley National Historic Site starting at 7 pm. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the tunes of Randy ‘ELVIS’ Friskie while taking a look at some great classic cars and motorcycles. Community members are encouraged to bring their classic vehicles at no cost to display at the Cruise-In. Donations will be accepted for The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope.

Saturday is by registration only; limited space available. $65 registration includes a pancake breakfast, scenic motorcycle ride in the Valley, to-go lunch, Bike Rodeo and finishes off with a Milestones dinner at Gateway of Hope in Langley.

All information and registration is available here: www.rideintohistory.ca.


Brigade Days

August 1-4, 10am - 5pm (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.)

Brigade Days
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Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features a large period encampment, and the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1pm Monday. Stay for the free concert on Monday evening! 


Fab Forts Day

August 17 (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.)

Fab Forts Day
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Celebrate the building of our nation with historic weapons and family activities. 


Fort Farm Fest

August 31 - September 1, 10am - 5pm

Fort Farm Fest
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Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demos.


Learn to Camp

September 6-7

Learn to Camp
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Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes! This summer, Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are teaming up to present unforgettable Learn-to Camp experiences in four of British Columbia’s national parks and historic sites. Learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay safe around wildlife, while making new friends and enjoying incredible, breath-taking scenery.

Fort Langley National Historic Site is hosting two Learn to Camp events (June 28-29 and September 6-7). You can also register for a Learn to Camp nearby at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (July 14-15) or Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (August 23-24).

Space is limited. To register call: 1-888-773-8888. For more information visit parkscanada.gc.ca/learntocamp


Cranberry Festival

October 11, 10am - 4pm (save 50% off site admission – one day only)

Cranberry Festival
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Along Glover Road in the village of Fort Langley, pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast and browse nearly 100 vendors’ wares in the village of Fort Langley's biggest event of the year!

At Fort Langley National Historic Site, watch a barrel-making demonstration, try cranberry bannock, play cranberry-related games and more.


Grave Tales

Various dates in October (See ticket sales links for details.)

Grave Tales
© Parks Canada

The popular Grave Tales historic walking tours are back! Spine-chilling stories are depicted at night by our expert storytellers as you walk through the Fort Langley village. Reservations are a must. Tickets go on sale at the following links on August 15 at 8am:


Family Fright at the Fort

October 25 & 26 (FREE for valid annual pass holders. Age 2 and under - FREE; age 3-16 - $6.30; age 17+ - $11.70)

Family Fright at the Fort
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Trick-r-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and discover surprises along the way! Decorate a pumpkin, get your face painted, explore the Spooky Servants’ Quarters and much more. The Full Barrel Café will be serving up a Halloween menu. Geared toward families with children age 10 and younger wear your costumes for great photo.


Douglas Day

November 19 (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.)

Douglas Day
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Douglas Day marks the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. Mark this significant event by taking your photo on the spot where BC was established, watching a skit and enjoying family activities.


Gold Rush Murder Mystery Dinner

November 29, 6:30pm

Gold Rush Murder Mystery Dinner
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The year is 1858. Ten days after British Columbia is proclaimed a colony, you and your companions yearning for a better life decide to go north and claim your stake in the Gold Rush. At the cusp of adventure, you arrive at the gates of Fort Langley planning to celebrate your new life and prospective wealth, when everything goes awry. A festive evening takes a dark turn as murder strikes in the birthplace of BC. Worst of all, you are suspect until you can prove otherwise!

Join us for an evening of intrigue with Fort Langley's brand new event Gold Rush Murder Mystery. Experience the thrill of solving a mystery in the exact location where BC was proclaimed a colony. The event includes a hearty meal that would delight the stomach of the hungriest gold miner, the opportunity to get dressed into select period costume pieces, as well the chance to win prizes for the most convincing performance and best costume.

Reservations required. Tickets go on sale October 16 at:  brownpapertickets.com .


Heritage Holiday at the Fort

December 20 - January 4 (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.)

Heritage Holiday at the Fort
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Get away from the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Enjoy a traditional holiday atmosphere, crafts, and children’s activities. (Closed Dec. 25, 26, Jan 1)