Canada Day is usually celebrated in Fort Langley with a pancake breakfast, live entertainment and family-friendly activities in town and at the historic fort.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Fort Langley’s Canada Day event took place online in 2020 and 2021. The 2021 Canada Day event was for the entire Township of Langley. It didn’t just focus on Fort Langley.
In 2022 there were a few different in-person celebrations that took place in Langley. Some activities happened at the BC Farm Museum. There were also a few special activities at the Fort Langley Historic Site and even more celebrations at Aldergrove Athletic Park.
Exact details of activities for 2023’s Canada Day celebrations are still to be confirmed.
Fort Langley Canada Day
Fort Langley’s live festivities usually begin at 8:00 am with the Lions Club pancake breakfast and continue with celebrations in the town until about 3:00 pm. 2022, however, was a bit different.
In addition to activities taking place along King Street, they also usually take place in and around the BC Farm Museum and Langley Centennial Museum.
Canada Day isn’t a huge event in Fort Langley. It’s big for a small town, but nothing like some of the Lower Mainland’s major festivities elsewhere. It’s a fun community event though, and worth checking out.
BC Farm Museum Canada Day Schedule
Typically the event in Fort Langley runs from about 8:00 am until around 3:00 pm. The pancake breakfast goes from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, festivities run along King Street from around 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, and the Langley Centennial Museum is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
As of late June in 2022, it didn’t look like the pancake breakfast happened on July 1st (although we may have been wrong). The other celebrations that year ran from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at and around the BC Farm Museum. There was a petting zoo, scavenger hunt and other family-friendly activities to enjoy. Below was the schedule of 2022 demonstrations at the BC Farm Museum.
- 10:00 am – Flag Raising and Opening Ceremony
- 11:00 am – Maytag Washing Machine Demonstration
- 11:30 am – Blacksmith Shop Demonstration
- 11:30 am – Leather Working Demonstration
- 1:00 pm – Cream Separating and Butter Making Demonstration
- 2:00 pm – Pipe Boring Demonstration
Fort Langley Historic Site
Activities also usually take place on Canada Day at the historic fort. Festivities there typically go from around 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. In a typical year you can learn Metis jigging, see the blacksmith demonstration, witness a Renaissance fencing duel or enjoy some fiddling and dancing.
Entrance into the fort is usually free on Canada Day. If you are in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out and seeing all the history the fort has to offer.
In 2022 admission to the fort was free on July 1st (as it has been in the past and was again that year at all Parks Canada historic sites). There is also a fundraising BBQ hosted by the local firefighters.
Also on Canada Day at the fort in 2022 was a Kwantlen elder on-site sharing stories. There were also a couple of films for people to watch.
Township of Langley Celebrations
In 2022 the Township of Langley’s Main Canada Day Celebrations moved. Instead of taking place in Fort Langley, the festivities were held at Aldergrove Athletic Park, located at 26845 27th Avenue in Aldergrove.
The family-friendly celebrations run from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on July 1st in the North Complex section of the park. There are lots of things for kids to enjoy, including bouncy castles, games, balloon twisting, and more. A variety of booths from local organizations are also on-site providing other activities.
In addition, there are food trucks and two different stages with live entertainment throughout the day. 2022 schedules for each stage are listed below.
Canada Day Main Stage Schedule
- 11:30 am – Langley World Taekwondo
- 12:30 pm – Kunda African Culture Music and Dance
- 2:00 pm – Welcoming Ceremonies (Jack Froese and Ava Hamill)
- 3:30 pm – Stalew Pow Wow
- 4:30 pm – Langley Ukulele Ensemble
Canada Day Family Stage Schedule
- 11:00 am – Karima Essa
- 12:00 pm – Penny Pom Pom
- 1:15 pm – Kunda African Culture Music and Dance
- 3:00 pm – Norden the Magician
- 4:00 pm – Kellie Haines
For more information about the main celebrations in Langley, see our article about Canada Day in the Township of Langley or visit tol.ca/canadaday.
For ideas on other things to do while in the area, check out Fort Langley, Surrey or the Fraser Valley.
For a list of July 1st events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Canada Day in Metro Vancouver.
For a video of July 1st celebrations in different communities, click Vancouver Canada Day Video.