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Fort Langley National Historic Site

2014 Calendar of Events




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:

Douglas Day

November 19, 3pm (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.)

Douglas Day
© Parks Canada

Douglas Day marks the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House.

At 3pm, mark this significant event by taking your photo on the spot where BC was established, watching a re-enactment of the proclamation and enjoying family activities.

Gold Rush Murder Mystery Dinner

November 29, 6:30pm

Gold Rush Murder Mystery Dinner
© Parks Canada

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:

Heritage Holiday at the Fort

December 20 - January 4 (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders. NOTE: The site is closed December 25 & 26, 2014 and January 1, 2015.)

heritage interpreter roasting chestnuts over fire
© Parks Canada / Scott Munn

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.

Daily, join a guided intro tour at 11am and watch blacksmithing at 12:30pm. At 2pm, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Barrel-making demonstrations will take place at 1pm and 3pm, and the flag lowering song at 4:30pm. To hear more about the history of the site, you or your guests will enjoy our new audio tour, which is free for annual pass holders.

Pick up an annual pass on sale for $39.20 for your family or as a great holiday gift idea, or browse the unique merchandise at SxwimelƏ Gifts. Annual pass holders save 10% on gift shop purchases.

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 taffee
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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
© Parks Canada

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, from 3-4pm, learn campfire songs around the warm fire.

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
© Parks Canada

Visit 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.