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“Surprisingly Good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Langley National Historic Site

Fort Langley National Historic Site
23433 Mavis Ave | PO Box 129, Fort Langley, British Columbia V1M 2R5, Canada
1 604 513 4777
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience the excitement of the early West Coast fur trade at Fort Langley and stand in the spot where BC was proclaimed a British colony in 1858. Explore the scenic fort—built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827—where fur traders once exchanged furs, salmon and cranberries with the First Nations. Fort Langley is packed with interactive displays and activities for the whole family – watch blacksmithing, barrel-making or historic weapons demonstrations, pan for gold and laugh along with an interpretive program!• Take exit #66 (232nd St. North), just 40 minutes east of Vancouver• Open daily year round. September to June 10 am - 5 pm• Sxwimelә Boutique and Gifts• Full Barrel Cafe (summer)• Free parking• Walking distance to Fort Langley village shopping, museums, walking trails and dining. See our daily programs and events calendar online.
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“Surprisingly Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

We've always passed by the sign on the highway, but only this time decided to stop off. The surrounding little town is cute, and the site itself is interesting, if perhaps a bit over-restored. There's a very hokey video presentation about a young man with a magical beaver hat, which tends to gloss over some of the excesses of history and the marginalization of first nations peoples. But there was also a really good exhibition in one of the houses about first nations' struggles for rights on the Fraser River. A relaxing and surprisingly informative visit on a sunny day in March

Visited March 2014
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fortlangley, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thanks for the postive review and the constructive feedback regarding our video. If you haven't had the chance yet, you might enjoy the tone of our new auido tours. We've included much more detail on the site's history and the First Nations story. Thanks again for visiting.
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“Great History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

A nice historical visit in the country. A quiet , realistic experience and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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fortlangley, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed the day.
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“An all-season attraction well worth visiting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

While most of the buildings in Fort Langley's National Historic Site are reproductions (not so the Big House) they give an excellent overview of what the original Fort Langley in the mid-1800's looked like. Costumed docents happily relate tales of pioneer days and give displays of daily life in the Hudson's Bay trading fort, from barrel making to blacksmithing.. Some days, bannock will be baked, other days might see a pioneer wedding, most days "gold" can be panned (fun for adults as well if they can squeeze past the children at the panning trough) and every day of its opening the buildings house interesting displays of the trading post era.
The Big House gives a glimpse into the life of the Fort manager, with furnishings of the era, fascinating journals, and more.
This is the exact location of British Columbia's birth when, on November 19, 1858, the province was proclaimed a Crown Colony of Great Britain by James Douglas.
The Fort sits in the village of Fort Langley, where you can round out your day with a visit to one of several restaurants, cafes, or bistros and shop at the boutiques. You won't find any chain-stores here!! And that, arguably, is Fort Langley's biggest attraction. Let us hope current development won't spoil it.

Visited March 2014
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fortlangley, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your postive view of Fort Langley and the surrounding area. Parks Canada is striving to preserve and share this history with visitors and the community.
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“Interesting Historical Museum of BC's Past”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This attraction seems to be primarily for education as neither the fort (palisades) nor the majority of the buildings within are original or at the original location. However it is staffed by various volunteers, who, dressed in period costume, very ably demonstrate some of the old 19th century skills, such as coopering, blacksmithing, gold panning, and will walk and talk you through some of the building exhibits - how the fort occupants lived, and worked.
Recent development of the site (adding several rentable tent / cabins) leaves it looking rather commercial and cramped, and in the winter months it all looks dull.
The site is well worth a visit for outsiders to learn about BC's history and its early trading days with the First Nations, and for locals and youngsters to get some background on their own Province.
The ticket office also houses a small movie theatre and static displays which complement the Fort exhibit.

Visited February 2014
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fortlangley, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your review. The site is actually the original site of the fort, where it stood from 1840 to present. The first site, 4 km west of here, was only in use from 1827-1839. The national historic site preserves one original building, dating back to the 1840s, as well as several buildings that were carefully reconstructed on the footprints of other original buildings. We are glad you enjoyed visiting the site. Thanks for your feedback regarding the oTENTik accommodations that we are currently piloting.
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“Historical awesomeness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We stopped by Fort Langley on a whim and were greeted at the payment desk by a fun, friendly receptionist. She gave us some handy tips on exploring BC, then suggested we head straight to the orientation movie in building 9 before touring the fort.

Best. Historical. Orientation. Movie. Ever.

The folks at Fort Langley take their jobs seriously with a hint of humor--important for a historical site that could be very boring. The costumed staff were knowledgable, friendly, and fun to chat with. Though we weren't offered the 'beaver-felt-hat' tour, there were many chances for interactions, tactile learning, and fun photo ops. I think Fort Langley has captured the fine distinction between a historical 'play-place' and a 'no touch, historical stuff is boring' museum.

It would take about 2-3 hours to see everything at a slow pace. The only con was that the staff is fairly limited, so it can be hard to find someone to answer questions...but then again, we were there in the off-season.

I would highly recommend Fort Langley to anyone looking for a glimpse of BC's early days. As a visitor with little knowledge of BC or Canadian history, I found it informative, not overwhelming, and enjoyable--a good mixture for a historical place!

Visited December 2013
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fortlangley, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thanks for your visit - it sounds like the tone of our site and our staff really made the experience fun for you. Glad you stopped in!
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