(With video) Fort Langley celebrates French roots

Pockets of French-Canadian culture thrive in British Columbia. 

And the origins of those pockets were celebrated during this past weekend’s fifth annual Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

When Hudson’s Bay Company boats first touched the sandy shores of the Fraser River in Fort Langley in 1827, the Voyageur culture was born.

From food and crafts to music and bannock, there was plenty for everyone of any age to see and do.

Lisa Shepherd conducted interactive Métis dance presentations where anyone could join in, or for those looking to sit back and enjoy the music, Alouest featuring musicians Dan Legal and Dennis Leclerc played traditional tunes.

Through the Fort’s Full Barrel Café, appetizing French-Canadian dishes including split pea soup, sugar pie, tourtière and – of course – poutine was served. Maple syrup treats was also be on sale.

For more information on Vive les Voyageurs click here

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