Boats made their way towards the shores of Fort Langley during the re-enactment of the arrival of the fur brigades on Monday afternoon

Fur brigades’ arrival worth the (short) wait in Fort Langley

Monday’s re-enactment brought huge crowds to the southern shores of Fort Langley’s Marina Park.

The boats, moving west along the Fraser River, were about 20 minutes behind schedule but the mood of those waiting for the arrival of the fur brigades was cheerful.

History was made once again on the shores of Fort Langley on the final day of the B.C. Day long weekend, and on Monday the mid-summer heat held off a bit, making the wait much more bearable for those who gathered for see the brigades come in.

The event included Fort Langley National Historic Site interpreters and volunteers walking in procession from the Fort to Marina Park where they welcomed the brigades.

Each year, Brigade Days marks the arrival of brigades from B.C. Interior posts between 1848 and 1858.

And for the second year in a row, a York boat was among the vessels that glided onto the southern shores of the Fraser River at Marina Park during the signature re-enactment of the Fort Langley National Historic Site’s (FLNHS) B.C. Day weekend-long Brigade Days celebration.

In the mid-19th century, hundreds of people arrived with their year’s return of furs.

The brigades came down in canoes full of furs and other goods that had been traded with First Nations at the Interior forts, and would bring other supplies back from Fort Langley at the end of the summer.

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