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Fort Langley National Historic Site

2016 Calendar of Events

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 January

*Advance tickets required.


Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival

January 23 - 24, 2016, 10am - 5pm (some festival activities will be running from January 18 to 22 for school groups; public also welcome)

Tap your feet and clap to the beat of French Canada at Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual winter festival.

Enliven a grey January weekend with the unique folklore and culture of the voyageurs and fur traders that lived at 19th-century Fort Langley. Learn a Métis dance; try your hand at spoons and jigging, attend a French 101 lesson, join our Fur Trade Wedding, then fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine while listening to live Voyageur-style music by Rejean, Chic Soiree and more. The Fort’s historical presentations will also be ongoing for the duration of the day.

Regular admission fees apply ($7.80 per adult); free for annual pass holders. (Get a family annual pass for only $39.20 until March 31!)


Family Day at the Fort

February 6 - 8, 2016, 10am - 5pm

children wearing costumes at Fort Langley 

11:00 am - Introductory Tour
12:30 pm - Blacksmith Demonstration
2 pm - Historic Weapons Demonstration
3 pm - Cooperage Demonstration
4:30 pm - Closing time at the trading post

Step away from technology and spend Family Day having good, old-fashioned fun at the fort! Starting at 10 am, put your kids to work, the old-fashioned way, with 19th century family chores. From 2 pm to 3 pm, take photos of your kids in historical outfits while they play dress up. Afterwards, watch blacksmith demonstrations, coopering demonstrations and earn a prize by completing our family scavenger hunt.

Be sure to pick up an annual pass and benefit from a year of fun for the early bird price of $39.20 per family (until March 31).


Spring Break

March 12 - 26, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm daily

children playing, musket firing demo 

It’s all about spring fun at Fort Langley. Join an introductory tour at 10:30 am, learn about the Farm & Garden at 11 am and watch a coopering demonstration at 12:30 pm. At 2 pm hear the bang of the musket fire echo through the fort and then fire an airsoft musket from 2:30 - 3:30 for only $3.90, plus take home your souvenir target! Watch a blacksmith demonstration at 3 pm and sing down the flag at 4:30 pm.

Throughout the day visit the blacksmith shop, see the farm animals, pan for gold and complete your Xplorers activity book for a certificate and prize.

Regular admission applies; free for annual pass holders. Get your family annual pass for only $39.20 (Early bird pass sale ends March 31)!

Easter Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scramble

March 27, 2016 - Easter Egg Scramble (age 5 & under) at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm

 

Calling all little bunnies! Get ready for our all-ages Easter Scavenger Hunt. Your mission: Complete the activities of the scavenger hunt and earn chocolate treats. The all-ages scavenger hunt includes fun activities that will take you exploring around the fort and earning chocolate as you go. The scavenger hunt will take place around the grounds within the fort walls and will be available all day from 10am - 5pm.

At 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm kids 5 and under can participate in the “Egg Scramble,” find as many eggs as you can on the giant map of British Columbia. The egg scramble will last until all the eggs have been found.

Just $3.90 per youth (age 6 - 16), $7.80 per adult, $19.60 per family, or free with your annual pass.
 
Optional: Save time and purchase advance tickets: fortlangleyeaster.brownpapertickets.com
 

A Night at the Fort

April 23, 2016, 6 pm - 10 pm*

 

Join us after hours for a special adult-only evening inside Fort Langley National Historic Site. Relax with friends as you explore the historic fort at dusk. Enjoy a delicious spread of tapas by leləm’ at the fort including wine tasting and cash bar (for wine and beer). After the meal, our Heritage Interpreters will entertain you with a Fur Trade Wedding and intriguing stories around the campfire—tales they only pull out after the kiddies have been tucked in for the night. Dressing in 19th century period costume is encouraged.

*Advance tickets required. Buy tickets here: anightatthefort.brownpapertickets.com


Victoria Day

May 23, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

Watch for Fort Langley National Historic Site’s float in the 94th annual Fort Langley May Day Parade, which starts at 11 am and is followed by a community fair. From 10 am - 5 pm, explore the fort, visit the farm animals, and watch historic weapons demonstrations.
  • 10:30 am - Introductory Tour
  • 11:00 am - Farm & Garden Tour
  • 12:30 pm - Coopering Demonstration
  • 2:00 pm - Historic Weapons Demonstration
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Airsoft Musket Firing – only $3.90!
  • 3:00 pm - Blacksmith Demonstration 
  • 4:30 pm - Closing time at the trading post


Learn to Camp

June 18 -19 & 25 - 26, 2016

family in a tent 

Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes! 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 sessions. Alternately, you could register for Learn to Camp nearby at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve or Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

Space is limited. To register call: 1-888-773-8888. For more information visit the Parks Canada Learn to Camp page.


Aboriginal Day and Father’s Day

June 19 & 21, 2016

On Sunday, June 19, come by late morning to see salmon cooking in a traditional way near the bonfire and hear storytelling. At 2 pm, watch a musket firing demonstration followed by target practice. At 3 pm, watch a blacksmith demonstration followed by a flint & steel fire-starting activity at 3:30 pm.

On Tuesday, June 21 at 10 am, the day will start with a drumming welcome song inside the fort.

Regular admission fees apply ($7.80 per adult); free for annual pass holders.


Canada Day

July 1, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities. Henna painting throughout the day. Visit our promotions tent to enter a draw and join in on the Parka Scavenger Hunt. Fort Langley’s celebration continues at the neighbouring museums: Langley Centennial Museum and the BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum – be sure to visit us all for a fun-filled day.

Free Admission.

10:00 am - Historic Buildings Open, Costumed staff on site

10:00 am - Citizenship Ceremony begins (Events Tent)

10:30 am - BB Musket Target Practice - It’s your turn: fire a BB-style musket and take home your souvenir target. Ten shots for $3.90. 10:30 am - Métis Dancers

11:10 am - Citizenship Ceremony ends and singing of O Canada (by Kwanlten singer)

11:30 am - Procession to flag & singing of O Canada

11:45 pm - Cake and juice served

12:00 pm - Holy Cross Jazz Band

1:00 pm - Bhangra dancers

2:00 pm - Historic Weapons Demonstration

2:30 pm - Métis Dancers

3:30 pm - BB Musket Target Practice - It’s your turn: Fire a BB-style musket and take home your souvenir target. Ten shots for $3.90.

4:30 pm - Lowering of flag and song

5:00 pm - Site Closes


Meet Parka

July 7 and August 3, 2016, 10:45 - 11:15 am


Parka would love to meet your preschooler and pose for a picture. Afterward, we’ll get you started on a fun Parka “Photo Mission” using the app – a fun family scavenger hunt designed for our site. Plus, take home a souvenir activity booklet for your preschooler.

Look for this Parks Canada “Photo Missions” app in your app store. If you can’t come on Meet Parka day, this activity is available anytime!


Brigade Days

July 30 - August 1, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

historic interpreters in costume 

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this unique event with us this summer. Explore the encampment of Hudson’s Bay Company workers, Aboriginal traders, Royal Engineers, Metis trappers and more as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features many re-enactors from around the area dressed in period costume. Don’t miss the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 pm Monday.

Regular admission, free for annual pass holders.
 

Free Concert for BC Day

August 1st, 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm



Celebrate BC Day with a 30+ year tradition: a free family concert inside the fort. Bring a picnic, a chair, and your friends & family. This year‘s concert features lively Celtic music with Pat Chessell, sure to please all ages.

The annual free concert is proudly presented by the Fort Langley Improvement Society, and is the wrap up to our Brigade Days Festival. No tickets needed; gates re-open at 5:45 pm.


Cranberry Festival

October 8, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate Cranberry Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site! Experience the popular cranberry stomp, and play a host of cranberry and farm related games. Don’t miss the wonderful cranberry-themed market in the village too!


Grave Tales

October 14 - 30, 2016 *

ghostly woman 

The popular Grave Tales historic walking tours are back! Join our expert storytellers for a two-hour or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night. Reservations are a must. School group tours are available in the afternoons by phone reservation: 604.513.4799.

*Advance tickets required. Watch for more details.

New this year: Stay overnight in an oTENTik after the walk . . . if you dare!


Halloween Hoot at the Fort

October 29, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm

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

Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site!! Make a craft, visit the Spooky Servants quarters and get an airbrush tattoo. Geared toward young families - wear your costumes for great photos.


Douglas Day

November 19, 2016

Douglas Day marks the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. Every year we celebrate B.C’s birthday and honour Douglas, our first Governor.


Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley

December 17, 2016 - January 2, 2017 (closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan. 1)

an interpreter roasting chestnuts over a fireplace 

Escape 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) Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.