Fort Langley National Historic Site was built by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1827 as a fur trade post, located on the Fraser River with a large population of First Nations Stó:lō - "people of the river". The Stó:lō people traded cranberries, salmon, furs, etc. in exchange for materials such as ropes, metals, and the famous HBC point blankets from European traders.
With our HCOS friends, we traveled back in time on this field trip and learned about the history of Fort Langley through many interactive displays and activities.
At the end of our field trip, we all sat around the fire pit and were told a true story: a blacksmith, Jean Baptiste Brûlé, accidentally caused a big fire at the fort on this very day in 1840. Ironically, his last name, Brûlé, means "burnt" in French!