In mid-1850s, one of the biggest days of the year in Fort Langley was the summer arrival of the fur brigade.
Traders from the Interior would arrive by canoe, bringing furs and other goods traded with First Nations people.
Since the 1980s, this event has been the centrepiece of the Brigade Days held at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
The canoes arrived on Monday afternoon, but for three days before that, period actors from the Lower Mainland and from Washington State were demonstrating everyday activities within the walls of the Fort itself. "Who would miss it?" said Heather Kibbey, who came up from her regular post as a re-enactor at Fort Nisqually, Wash.
She was spinning wool at her station. Most everyday clothing was made locally at or near fur trading posts, Kibbey said. One of the important trading officials might order a suit from back home in England, but that could mean a wait of years.
"You couldn't import everything from Britain," she said.
Kids like Liam Saffold, two and a half, got to do thinks like help make a prodded rag rug. Re-enactor Marcy Lui explained that old, worn-out clothing wasn't just thrown out, it was recycled into something useful.
Kids and adults headed down to the bastion at the north end of the fort to see a demonstration of mid-century firearms. Flintlock and percussion cap muskets were fired - blanks only - over the walls of the fort.
Down the street at the B.C. Farm Machinery and Agriculture Museum, another era of history was being remembered by the Fraser Valley G Scale Friends, a club of model train enthusiasts.
They set up a sizeable loop of track to show off their highly detailed models, which include those that run on electrical power, and some running on live steam.
Duane Rose said the club members don't often get a chance to set up their tracks and scenery for the public.
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