Fort Langley National Historic Site unveils new virtual school programming – Aldergrove Star

Fort Langley National Historic Site brings the history of the fur trade into the homes and classrooms of learners around the world with a series of new virtual school programs for K-12 students.

“We are virtually opening Fort Langley to the world,” says Aman Johal, interpretation officer at Fort Langley NHS. “Students will meet an interpreter from Fort Langley, see what the fur trade and Fort Langley were all about, and then watch a demonstration of flint and steel.

The hour-long program, called “Virtual Visit to Fort Langley,” takes place on Google Meet.

Topics covered in the virtual school curriculum include the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Canadian fur trade, in addition to Fort Langley’s role as a diverse trading post and events. which led to the proclamation of the colony of British Columbia at Fort Langley in November. 19, 1858.

In an effort to connect with people, while keeping health and safety at the forefront, the Fort Langley NHS has developed innovative new programs.

In addition to virtual school programs, the Fort Langley NHS offered online craft workshops and “Ask an Interpreter” sessions.

With more educational programs to come, people can stay informed through the newsletter, website, and social media channels.

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Heritage presenter Joe Daniels added that there are a multitude of stories to share at Fort Langley National Historic Site, from the workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company who built the fort in 1827 to the thousands. from gold diggers from around the world who flocked to what would become the colony of British Columbia in 1858, to the Coast Salish peoples in whose unceded territories all of these events took place ”,

“We are so fortunate to have the tools of the 21st century to help us continue to share these stories in a way that is not only safe, but really fun for people of all ages,” noted Daniels.

Fort Langley employees offer the virtual school program in English or French until June, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

The virtual school program reservation price is $ 3.90 per student, with a minimum reservation of ten students or $ 39.

To book a program, visit

All in-person events are currently on hold at Fort Langley National Historic Site, including the annual Vive les Voyageurs event, which normally takes place in January.

The site is open to visitors with social distancing measures and COVID-19 protocols in place.


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Perry A. Thomasson