Fort Langley’s “Vive les Voyageurs” Winter Festival (Win Free Tickets!)

photo: Fort Langley National Historic Site

Fort Langley National Historic Site proudly presents the 3rd annual “Vive les Voyageurs” Winter Festival, January 28-29 from 10 am – 5 pm. Visitors will experience a celebration of the vibrant French-Canadian culture that thrives today in British Columbia, and first emerged in the region when the Hudson’s Bay Company arrived in 1827 at Fort Langley.

Savour French-Canadian dishes including split pea soup, sugar pie, and of course poutine at the Full Barrel Café. The café will also be cooking up the newest recipe on Parks Canada’s Heritage Food app – tourtière.

Children will delight in singing along with children’s performers, VAZZY, making crafts, learning finger weaving, and meeting Parks Canada’s new mascot, Parka the Beaver.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on spoon-and-jig workshops, Métis beadwork demonstrations, and the entertaining Fur Trade Wedding program. There will also be a memorable photo opportunity – the site will be displaying a 20-foot inflatable beaver who starred in the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! Those who don’t speak French will have the chance to discover some language basics through the fun “French 101” program.

Parks Canada and the Société francophone de Maillardville have joined forces to offer a week of enhanced French school programs at Fort Langley National Historic Site, January 23 to 27th. The 23rd annual “Festival du bois” will take place March 3-4, 2011 in Coquitlam.

Regular admission fees apply ($7.80 per adult); free for annual pass holders: get a family annual pass for only $39.20!

For more information on this festival, and for a full listing of events, please click here.

Parks Canada is pleased to preserve and present this part of Canada’s history at Fort Langley National Historic Site on behalf of Canadians and visitors from around the world.

Contact Information:
Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
Phone: 604-513-4777
Fax: 604-513-4798

We are giving away Two (2) Adult Tickets and Two (2) Vouchers for either Poutine or Tourtiere. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment below telling us why you’d like to visit the festival. We’ll randomly select a winner at noon on Monday, January 23rd and notify them by email.

Updated January 23rd: Congratulations to Jeannelle M. who is the lucky winner of Two (2) Adult Tickets and Two (2) Vouchers for either Poutine or Tourtiere at the “Vive les Voyageur”s Winter Festival this coming weekend! Please check your email for further details. 

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14 Responses to Fort Langley’s “Vive les Voyageurs” Winter Festival (Win Free Tickets!)

  1. Wendy T

    Would love to visit Fort Langley in the winter and learn something about the French-Canadian culture.

  2. Taruna Goel

    I would like to visit Fort Langely because it is the birthplace of British Columbia. It is always good to explore sites of national significance and history and educate my daughter along the way!

  3. Andrea

    Sometimes, I miss my French-Canadian friends. Let’s celebrate with Poutine at Fort Langley!

  4. J

    would be fun to take my mom

  5. Poutine & inflatable beavers – ’nuff said!

  6. Carolyn

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Wouldn’t mind trying the poutine and tourtiere…that would be new for me. Only lived downstairs in a French-Canadian family’s home when we were first married…and didn’t even try it then!!

  7. sukaina

    Je veux pratiquer ma francais

  8. Anne

    I would love to take my kids there. They learn much better at hands-on places like this, rather than in a classroom.

  9. Sue Bentley

    Fort Langley is an awesome and fun Historic Site :)

  10. Colleen

    Would love to take my 82 year old mother to this festival. She is French Canadian but since living in Chilliwack she doesn’t get the opportunity to experience her culture anymore. What a great opportunity for my daughter and I to get in touch with our roots too! My mother’s brother was a ‘Voyageur’ who travelled by canoe in a re-enactment of the Voyageur’s journey to celebrate Canada’s Centennial Year in 1967.

  11. David

    Have a German couple visiting and will take them to check out the festival and experience a new side of Canada!

  12. Jeffrey Ngai

    I’d like to go because I like poutine and I’ve never been

    P.S. Poutine + poached egg is great

  13. linda

    I love poutine!!! does that qualify??

  14. Lisa

    We love visiting the Fort at any time of year, but the Vive Les Voyageurs festival brings a whole new life of it’s own. Last year, we enjoyed the sights, the music, the demonstrations and the crepes!