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

 

Carving Demonstrations

July 28, August 11 and August 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo: Wes Antone

Stop by the workshop in the Cooperage to watch special guest, Wes Antone, work on a carving project. Wes Antone is a Kwantlen First Nation member and has been carving for over 35 years. He is a self-taught artist and works from his home on the Kwantlen reserve in Fort Langley, BC.

Wes has sold his pieces all over the world and specializes in mask design. Wes’s traditional name X.ex.elles, which means 'likes to draw'.

 

Brigade Days

August 4-6, 2018

Group of staff and volunteers in front of Fort Langley Big House

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.

 
Schedule: Saturday, August 4
Saturday, August 4      Presentation Location
Throughout the day Pig Roast Demonstration Behind the Big House
11 a.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
11:30 a.m. Secrets of the Sash Presentation Tent
12:00 p.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
1p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
1:30 p.m. Trapping Techniques1:30 p.m. Presentation Tent
2p.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
2:30 p.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
3 p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
3 p.m. Washer Women Encampment
4p.m. Farm and Garden Garden beside the Big house
4:45 Flag Lowering Ceremony Flag Pole by Big House

Throughout the day: watch coopering, blacksmithing and baking demonstrations, visit the encampment, play games, listen to music!

Schedule: Sunday, August 5
Sunday, August 5 Presentation Location
10 a.m. Flag-raising Procession Flag Pole by Big House
10:30 a.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
11:00 a.m. Secrets of the Sash Presentation Tent
11:30 a.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
12 p.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
12:30 p.m. Fur Trade Fashions Events Tent Behind Big House
1 p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
1:30 p.m. Trapping Techniques Presentation Tent
2 p.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
2 p.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
2:30 p.m. Fort Feats of Strength Central field
3p.m. Washer Women Encampment
3:30 p.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
4:00 p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
4p.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
4:45 p.m. Flag Lowering Ceremony Flag Pole by Big House

Throughout the day: watch coopering, blacksmithing and baking demonstrations, visit the encampment, play games, listen to music!

Schedule: Monday, August 6
Monday, August 6 Presentation Location
10 a.m. Flag-raising Ceremony Flag Pole by Big House
10:30 a.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
11 a.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
11:30 a.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
12 p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
12 p.m. Farm and Garden Garden Area beside Big House
12:30 p.m. Bagpipe Procession from Fort to Marina Park Flag Pole by Big House
1 p.m. Arrival of the Fur Brigades Marina Park
1:30 p.m. Procession from Marina Park to James Douglas Statue Marina Park
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feast Table Carving Demonstration by Drew Atkins Cooperage
2 p.m. Intro Tour Trade Shop Window
2:30 p.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
3p.m. Historic Weapons Demo Fort Wall by Main Gate
3:30 p.m. Hands On History Shoot a musket ($22, tickets available in the Visitor Centre)
4p.m. Songs & Stories of Fort Langley Fire Pit
4:45 p.m. Flag Lowering Ceremony Flag Pole by Big House

Throughout the day: watch coopering, blacksmithing and baking demonstrations, visit the encampment, play games, listen to music!


A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse

September 29, 2018

Interpretive guide

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.

Get tickets: zombienight.brownpapertickets.com/


Cranberry Festival - Free Admission Day

October 6, 2018

Barrel of cranberries

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.

 

Grave Tales

October 12-14, 17-21, 24-30, 2018

Semi-transparent woman looks hauntingly over her shoulder in the fog.

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

A family trick-or-treating in front of an oTENTik

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

James Douglas statue with a sunset

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

Christmas tree at night

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

Visitor with Christmas tree in cooperage

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

Interpreters share stories around the centre fire

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.

 

Family Day

February 11, 2019

Children playing ‘Ulu Maika

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!

 

Spring Break

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.