Vancouver’s only fort, Fort Langley National Historic Site, brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River. Travel back to the 19th century when French Canadian voyageurs bartered with coastal First Nations for salmon, cranberries and animal pelts; 30,000 prospectors raged with Fraser River gold fever; and a 2,000 acre farm supplied food up and down the coast.
This is where the smell of wood smoke mingles with the clang of the blacksmith’s anvil, where interpreters tell reverent tales of salmon and cedar, and visitors laugh as they pan for gold. Dress up as a trader and salute the statue of Sir James Douglas, who proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony at Fort Langley in 1858, making this the “Birthplace of B.C.”. Deepen your experience by staying overnight in one of ve fur trade themed A-framed cabins, known as ‘oTENTiks’ or try the Gold Panner’s cabin.