Fort Langley will be abuzz with Canada Day Celebrations this Sunday as the two museums and the national historic site have joined forces to present a major party for all who want to celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday.
The National Historic Site opens its doors to the public at 9 a.m. and a citizenship ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
The BC Farm Museum and Langley Centennial Museum open their doors at 10 a.m. with a variety of activities including free Timbits and coffee at the at the back of the farm museum, courtesy of Tim Hortons. A scavenger hunt with prizes will be held inside the Centennial Museum, throughout the day.
For the first year, Canada Day at the museums includes the One Can Arts Festival.
This inaugural event is organized by the Langley Arts Council and will feature an exhibition and sale of original works by area artists and craftspeople. The Langley Arts Council will also hold a fundraising barbeque in support of local arts.
There will be an international presence at the festival this year, too, as a Korean-sponsored booth will hand out free food samples throughout the morning in celebration of 50 years of formal relations between Korea and Canada.
Korean television, All TV, will be at festival, giving the celebration a cross-Canada exposure that it hasn’t had before.
Entertainment wise there will be plenty going on, including musical acts, a children’s entertainer and traditional Korean drumming.
Mayor Jack Froese will welcome visitors to the event. Korean-born Canadian senator Yonah Martin, along with BC’s Korean Consul General will also provide remarks.
There will be arts and crafts demos and workshops at the Langley Centennial Museum and a range of fun activities in the Kids Zone across the street from the Farm Museum. A Canada Day photo booth will be available for those who want to commemorate their visit to Fort Langley.
Just down the way from the fort, the Farm Machinery Museum will feature displays of tractors, carriages and antique stationary steam engine. The Langley Heritage Society will also be present with displays and information.
The Langley Speedway Historical Association will be out for the first time at the event, with racing cars, photographs and memorabilia.
Canada Day in Fort Langley will provide families a true north cultural experience that embraces arts, heritage and multiculturalism. For further information, call Liette Forestell at 604-532-3536 ext. 5005.