Canada Day: Fort Langley has a day of fun July 1

Fort Langley’s marking of the 148th birthday of this nation includes a ceremony to swear in several new Canadians.

The Fort Langley National Historic Site is the setting for a citizenship ceremony on Canada Day at 10 a.m. near the Big House.

The July 1 activities at the place where B.C. became a British colony includes activities for all ages and free admission, one of only a handful of times during the year when people are admitted free.

Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities.

After the citizenship ceremony, stick around for O Canada by the Kwantlen at the site flagpole at about 11:45 a.m. followed by cake at noon.

The Metis dancers are next up at 12:30.

People can also take in Japanese Taiko drummers at the cooperage building starting at 12:45 p.m.

At 1 p.m. the cooperage building takes on a different international flavour when the Royal Academy of Bhangra Dancers perform. They perform again at 2 p.m.

Up at the Big House the First Capital Chorus performs barbershop music starting at 1:30 p.m.

A historic weapons demonstration takes place in the gallery (elevated walkway at the north end of the fort) starting at 2:30 p.m.

The entertainment includes Hawaiian dancers at the cooperage at 3 p.m. and Eureka at the gold mining tent.

There are all day activities, such as airsoft muskets, children’s activities, farm animals, blacksmithing, coopering and visiting the displays around the fort.

The village’s celebration continues at the neighbouring museums all day, including the Langley Centennial Museum and the BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum, easily within walking distance of the historic site.

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