Tomorrow is Fab Forts Day!
The annual celebration happens at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in memory of the War of 1812. The event had Fort Langley using cannons and fires as well as historical weapons to recreate the war from two hundred years ago. Canadian forces and veterans received complimentary entry for this event.
Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson's Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.
Furs were shipped to Europe via Cape Horn, produce was traded to the Russians in Alaska, local cranberries found their way to California, and Fraser River salmon was enjoyed as far away as Hawaii!
In 1858, rumours of gold on the Fraser River caused a massive influx of Americans to the area. Fearing annexation by the United States, British Columbia was proclaimed a Crown Colony on this site by James Douglas on November 19, 1858.
Hope to see you there!