Pte. Charles Manley leads his young troops along the palisade at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Several times each week until Aug. 7, visitors can take part in interpretive programs related to the War of 1812.

Pte. Charles Manley leads his young troops along the palisade at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Several times each week until Aug. 7, visitors can take part in interpretive programs related to the War of 1812.

Fort revisits the War of 1812

A number of family-friendly activities planned to mark bi-centennial of a fiery conflict which shaped the nation

Visitors to Fort Langley National Historic Site are invited to travel back in time 200 years, to learn more about the fiery conflict that shaped the nation —  the War of 1812.

An exhibit, on display inside the Visitor Centre at Fort Langley National Historic Site until Aug. 7, features interactive technology such as touch screens, videos, trivia games, and the chance to play with on-screen special effects that recreate the smoke, flames and ice that soldiers of the conflict endured.

The War of 1812 was a defining chapter in Canadian history. It took the combined efforts of English and French-speaking militias as well as Aboriginal Canadians, together with British military forces, to succeed in defeating the American invasion. The war laid the foundation for Confederation and the cornerstones of many of Canada’s political institutions.

Visitors are also invited to take part in two interpretive programs featuring a War of 1812 theme.

• Memoirs of a Young Soldier:

Musket blasts take you back to the 1800s, where you will meet Pte. Charles Manley, and hear the dramatic account of his experience as a soldier during the War of 1812. Memoirs of a Young Soldier is offered with the 12 o’clock gun program on Fridays and Saturdays.

• Soldier Life Children’s Program:

For the younger crowd, the dashing Pte. Charles Manley invites you to march like a soldier, gallop like a horse and build a house, just  like a Royal Engineer. Experience the life of a soldier from the War of 1812 to the Royal Engineers who helped build British Columbia. Soldier Life is offered Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.