Brigade Days Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Aug. 1-3

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The annual Brigade Days festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site, on Aug 1-3, 2015 brings period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington state for three days of 1800s living and live music.

Throughout the long weekend, re-enactors pack the site with their tents and gear bringing history to life inside the palisade walls. Visit with re-enactors and watch demonstrations of sewing, trapping, cooking and historic weapons.

On Monday, August 3 at 1 pm, don’t miss the highlight of the year, “The Arrival of the Fur Brigades.” Re-enactors will paddle to Fort Langley and unload their cargo of furs, barrels and dignitaries at Fort Langley’s Marina Park. Cheer on the canoe brigades, and hear the exciting bagpipe and black powder salute! The traditional reenactment portrays the annual return of fur traders in the 1800s, who transported the year’s intake of furs from interior and northern trading posts to Fort Langley, later to be delivered by ship back to England.

Later that evening, celebrate BC Day with the annual “Picnic in the Fort”, a free concert sponsored by the Fort Langley Community Improvement Society. The concert includes performances by the Langley Music School Fiddlers with Andrea Taylor leading in for Swing Patrol.

Regular admission fees apply for the weekend, or visit free with your annual pass. Adult day admission is $7.80; family admission is $19.80.

In 1848 Fort Langley became the main depot for the Hudson’s Bay Company on the west coast. Every summer in the 1850s, the fur brigades traveled down the rivers to Fort Langley. The brigades came down in canoes full of furs and other goods that had been traded with First Nations at the Interior forts and brought bring other supplies back from Fort Langley at the end of the summer.

Fort Langley was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923 and is one of Parks Canada’s national treasures. 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.

Dozens of re-enactors don their period costumes and convene for a weekend of period demonstrations and fun. Join in on all the fun at 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, BC. Only $3.90/youth; $6.55/senior, $7.80/adult, $19.60/family or FREE with your annual pass. Info: 604-513-4777.

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