Fort Langley National Historic Site People can roast chestnuts during Heritage Holidays at the Fort which runs Dec. 19 to Jan. 4.

Fort Langley offers glimpses of Christmases of old

How about salt meat, potatoes, fish and peas for a Christmas feast? That's what pioneers had.

Christmas meals from the 1800s can’t hold a candle to today’s bounty but people can get a sense of historic times during Heritage Holidays at the Fort.

The annual Christmas activities run Dec. 19 to Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1, when the site is closed over the holiday season.

There’s holiday scavenger hunts with candy cane prizes, Christmas tree decorating, heritage crafts, chestnut roasting, holiday photo stations and hot chocolate tasting.

Regular admission rates apply for Heritage Holidays at the Fort, but alas, the fort no longer offers the menfolk rations of rum, a traditional Christmas custom from the 1800s HBC era.

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