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Fort Langley National Historic Site

School Programs

Grades 4-8: Fur Trade Challenge

Fur Trade Challenge 
Did you know Fort Langley had Hawaiian workers? Play the Hawaiian game of Ulu Maika
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How much do you know about the fur trade? Test your skills and knowledge with the Fur Trade Challenge. Work as a team to complete tasks and make important decisions about how the fort is run. Discover how Fort Langley’s fur trade changed over time and diversified its workforce and found a market for new trade goods. Watch the blacksmith forge products for trade! This program encourages hands on learning with activities such as assembling a barrel, deciphering furs, learning a different language and acting out the Proclamation of the Colony of British Columbia.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify effects of early contact between Aboriginal societies and European explorers and settlers
  • Compare bartering and monetary systems of exchange
  • Describe the significance of the Fraser River gold rush in the development of BC & Canada 


  • Availability: September to June
  • Program Length: 2 hours
  • Wednesday to Friday: 10 am–noon & 12:30–2:30 pm


  • Youth: $3.90
  • One adult (including teachers and parent chaperones) per five students is free.
  • Additional adults: $6.55

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