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Fort Langley National Historic Site

2015 Calendar of Events

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December

*Advance tickets required.


Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival

January 24-25, 2015, 10am - 5pm (some festival activities running from January 19 to 23 for school groups; public also welcome)

man playing the spoons, boy eating maple taffy
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Enliven a grey January weekend with the rich and warm French-Canadian culture that made 19th-century Fort Langley so unique. Learn a Métis dance; try your hand at finger-weaving then sample some tasty bannock and butter after the baking presentation. Fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine all the while listening to live Voyageur-style music.

Children of all ages will enjoy dancing to interactive Métis dance presentations and French-Canadian music performances. They will also have the opportunity to make crafts, and learn finger weaving. The Fort’s historical presentations will 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!


Family Day at the Fort

February 7-9, 2015, 10am - 5pm

children wearing costumes at Fort Langley
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11:00am Introductory Tour
12:30pm Blacksmith Demonstration
2pm Historic Weapons Demonstration
3pm Cooperage Demonstration
4:30pm 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 2pm 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.


Fort Langley’s Pioneering Love: Valentine’s Day at the Fort

February 14, 2015

pioneer couple walking together
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Visit www.brownpapertickets.ca to see times and purchase tickets (search for Fort Langley National Historic Site). Tickets go on sale January 16, 2015!

At this unique dine-and-tour event, couples will be treated to a delicious meal inside the historic site with atmospheric live music. After the meal, a costumed-interpreter will lead a walking tour highlighting Fort Langley’s rich tales of love. Complete the evening around a cozy fire. Tickets are priced at $50 a person with various dining times available.


Spring Break

March 14 - 29, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm daily

children playing, musket firing demo
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It’s all about spring fun at Fort Langley. Join an introductory tour at 10:30am, 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

April 5, 2015 - Easter Egg Scramble (age 5 & under) at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm

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Calling all little bunnies! On April 5 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 11am, 1pm & 3pm kids 5 & 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.


Victoria Day

May 18, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

Victoria Day celebrations
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Watch for Fort Langley National Historic Site’s float in the 93rd 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.
  • 10:30am Introductory Tour
  • 11:00am Farm & Garden Tour
  • 12:30pm Coopering Demonstration
  • 2:00pm Historic Weapons Demonstration
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm Airsoft Musket Firing – only $3.90!
  • 3:00pm Blacksmith Demonstration 
  • 4:30pm Closing time at the trading post


Learn to Camp

June 27 - 28, 2015

family in a tent
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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 27-28 and September 12-13), or you could register for Learn to Camp nearby at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (TBA) or Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (July 18-19)

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


Canada Day

July 1, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

Canada Day at the fort
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Celebrate Canada’s 148th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities. 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.


Brigade Days

August 1 - 3, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

historic interpreters in costume
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Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as carding and spinning wool and open fire cooking. The weekend features a large period encampment, and the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 pm Monday. Regular admission, free for annual pass holders.


Learn to Camp

September 12 – 13, 2015

child with tent, family by campfire
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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 27-28 and September 12-13), or you could register for Learn to Camp nearby at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (TBA) or Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (July 18-19)

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


Cranberry Festival

October 10, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm

heritage interpreter giving a demonstration
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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 (23433 Mavis Ave.), watch a barrel-making demonstration, try cranberry bannock, play cranberry-related games, and more.


Grave Tales

Various dates in October 2015 (See ticket sales links for details.)

ghostly woman
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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. School group tours are available in the afternoons by phone reservation: 604.513.4799. Tickets go on sale on August 15 at 8 am (links will be activated at that time):

  • Adults (ages 18+ only); October 15-18 and 21-30 at 7 pm, 8 pm or 9 pm; October 25 – 30 at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, or 9 pm.
  • Youth (for brave youth aged 5-12, accompanied by adult); Oct. 24 at 6 pm.
  • Teens (ages 13+, adult accompaniment optional); Oct. 16 & 23 at 6 pm.


Halloween Hoot at the Fort

October 31, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

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

children trick-or-treating
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Trick-r-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and discover surprises along the way! Get your face painted and make a craft. Geared toward young families - wear your costumes for great photos.


Douglas Day

November 19, 2015

James Douglas
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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. Every year we celebrate B.C’s birthday and honour Douglas our first Governor.


Gold Rush Murder Mystery Dinner

November 21, 2015, 6:30 pm

An interpreter in traditional garments at Fort Langley
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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 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: www.brownpapertickets.com


Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley

December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm (closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan. 1)

an interpreter roasting chestnuts over a fireplace
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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.