Celebrate BC's roots at a fun festival in Metro Vancouver this long weekend

Jul 25 2018, 7:10 pm

This BC Day long weekend, why not learn a little bit about the province’s roots in the fur trade during a fun, family-friendly festival in historic Fort Langley?

Returning for its 32nd year, “Brigade Days” the festival will showcase 1800s fur trade culture through demonstrations of sewing, laundry, weapons, music, and more.

As part of the show, event-goers can enjoy a variety of educational activities, including cooking and farming demonstrations, historic weapon shooting, and an indigenous exhibit.

There will also be a Fur Trade Era Fashion Show, in which heritage interpreters will transform their outfits from those of the servant class to the garb of the upper class.

The highlight of the festival is ‘The Arrival of the Fur Brigades,’ a re-enactment that portrays the annual return of fur traders in the 1800s.

Event-goers will witness a dozen canoes and a replica York boat travelling from Hope to Fort Langley, as exciting bagpipes and a Kwantlen welcome song are played.

The three-day event will take place over BC Day’s long weekend from Saturday, August 4 to Monday, August 6. On each day, it will begin at 10 am with a flag-raising ceremony and end at 4:45 pm with a flag-lowering ceremony.

For more information on the event or upcoming events, visit Fort Langley National Historic Site’s website.

Fort Langley Brigade Days

When: August 4 to 6

Time: 10 am to 4:45 pm

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site — 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley

Ticket: $7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors, and FREE for youth under 17.

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