Obvious geographical distance aside, Fort Langley is closer to French Canada than you might think.
When the first fort was built by the Hudson's Bay Co. in 1827, about half the builders were French-speaking.
The fort was used to trade for furs and other goods with the local First Nations.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Fort Langley National Historic Site paid tribute to those early French traders by hosting the fifth annual Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival.
The festival celebrated French culture through food (serving sugar pie, tourtiere, beans, poutine, and bannock at the Full Barrel Cafe), music (performances by Voyageurs et Co.), language (A French 101 program), and entertainment (fur trade wedding vignettes, and MÃ©tis dancing with Lisa Shepherd).
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