The royal tour of Canada in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was the first time a reigning monarch visited this country. They travelled westward on the Canadian Pacific Railway and returned on the south side of the Fraser River on the Canadian National line -- with a brief whistle stop at Fort Langley (more likely a slowing of the train). The month-long visit to Canada was highly successful, with large crowds greeting them at every stop. It was also the eve of WW II and the visit was part of an effort to cement relations between Great Britain and Canada, with hopes for a united "Empire". The above photograph hangs inside the passenger car at Langley Heritage Society's Fort Langley CN Station. The late Langley historian Norm Sherritt recalled the visit in a 2002 interview with the Langley Times HERE. Among those waiting that day, the Fort Langley [...]
UBC Rare Books and Special Collections is excited to announce the acquisition of the hand-written journal of Susanna Weynton, who sailed with her husband to fur trading posts on the Pacific Coast between 1849 and 1851. Alexander John Weynton was captain of a Hudson's Bay Company supply ship that rounded Cape Horn with stops in Hawaii and stays at Fort Langley, Victoria and Fort Rupert. It's the earliest firsthand account written by a woman known to exist. For more on this treasure, read HERE and follow the links to the journal itself.
B.C. farm & pioneer history, on a grand scale. Some images from the unveiling of the Mural Painting Project at the BC Farm Museum in Fort Langley. Photos don't do justice -- go see these 32 wonderful murals mounted inside and outside the museum. Langley Heritage Society is proud to be one of the financial sponsors of this project. Congratulations to the artists: Darlene Mehrer MacDonald, Phyllis Atkins, Vivian Harder, Toni Williams, Judy Jordison, Alan Wylie & Janice Robertson. (BC Farm Museum is at 9131 King Street, Fort Langley) (Below) BC Farm Museum's Syd Pickerell below Phyllis Atkins' mural on Queen Street side of building. (Below) Kwantlen artist Phyllis Atkins [...]