2018 Calendar of events
Hidden Histories Tours
July 21, 2018 and August 25, 2018
If you liked Grave Tales, you’ll love delving into our intriguing history on a summertime evening stroll through the town of Fort Langley. Our heritage interpreters will tell stories of the early pioneers and how Fort Langley evolved from a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post to the bustling riverfront community it is today. Advance tickets are a must.
Get tickets: hiddenhistories.brownpapertickets.com
August 4-6, 2018
Explore the encampment of Hudson’s Bay Company workers, Indigenous traders, Royal Engineers, Metis trappers and more as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features many re-enactors dressed in period costume. Don’t miss the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment by the river at 1 pm on the Monday, BC Day.
A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse
September 29, 2018
It could happen: Fort Langley may one day find itself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse! But are you ready? In this after-hours event, learn essential survival skills through four fascinating activities including wilderness first aid, musket-firing, fire-starting, and blacksmithing. Discover why the fort would be the prime location for survival. Tickets go on sale August 1st! This adult-only event costs $41.50 per person, plus ticketing service fee.
Cranberry Festival - Free Admission Day
October 6, 2018
Spend a day exploring—it’s on us! To celebrate the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, we will be offering one free admission day on October 6, 2018.
Celebrate cranberries at Fort Langley National Historic Site while learning the history of local uses of native cranberries by Indigenous people. Did you know the Hudson’s Bay Company exported cranberries to California during the gold rush? Put on rubber boots and jump into the popular cranberry stomp, as well as other farm-related games. Stroll over to the wonderful Cranberry Festival market in the village.
October 5-7, 12-14, 17-21, 24-30, 2018
Join our expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night. Advance tickets are a must. Tickets will go on sale September 6! Sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know insider event details.
Halloween at Fort Langley
October 28, 2018
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.
The day in honor of James Douglas
November 18, 2018
The significance of Douglas Day is to highlight that on November 19, 1858, Sir James Douglas proclaimed the British Crown Colony in the Fort Langley Big House. Learn more about BC’s history with some fun activities.
Christmas by Candlelight
December 15, 2018
Join in a magical evening of carols, musical performances and a Dickens reading inside Fort Langley’s historic walls. A costumed guide will whisk your group from building to building to get the full experience. Get a free photo of your party at our professional photo booth. Sign a card with a fountain pen, sample heritage hot chocolate, and admire the big Christmas tree. Rain, snow or shine! Advance tickets will go on sale November 15. We will be collecting food for the Langley Food Bank at the event. Please feel free to contribute non-perishable food donations at our Visitor Centre.
A Fort Langley Christmas
December 21-23 and 27-30, 2018
Hear stories by the fire, taste a chestnut roasted over the fire and make a craft. Take a guided tour, enjoy our daily feature and see what our interpreters have baked up in the outdoor oven. Admire the charming holiday ambiance and take family snapshots at various scenic spots on site.
Vive les voyageurs French-Canadian Festival
January 19-20, 2019
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 who lived at 19th-century Fort Langley. Learn a Métis dance, attend a French 101 lesson, join our Fur Trade Wedding and fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine while listening to live Voyageur-style music.
February 11, 2019
Come and learn the traditions of the families at Fort Langley – from varied backgrounds like Scottish, Hawaiian, First Nations and Metis to name a few, the workers embraced their cultures here! Join us for our Feature presentation on First Nations resources, make some Scottish bannock during our Food Program, or challenge your skills playing ‘Ulu Maika – a game meant to train Hawaiian warriors!
March 16-31 2019
Join us for great old-fashioned activities during spring break.
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
April 21, 2019
Calling all little bunnies! Your mission: complete the all-ages scavenger hunt that will take you exploring around the fort and earn treats as you go. The activities will take place inside the fort walls, and are available all day from 10 am to 5 pm.
At 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm, kids 5 & under can participate in the “Egg Scramble,” where they will be divided by age and will find as many eggs as they can on a giant map of British Columbia. The egg scramble happens fast, ending when all the eggs have been found.