In 2022 the tours take place between October 14th and November 6th. They are hugely popular and typically sell out well in advance (so book your spot as soon as you can).
For tickets and full details about the event see the Fort Langley National Historic Site‘s website.
Grave Tales in Fort Langley
Fort Langley National Historic Site is a very popular attraction in Metro Vancouver. It’s an interesting place with a rich history that dates back to the early days of the province. Located at 23433 Mavis Avenue in the Village of Fort Langley, the national historic site hosts several events throughout the year, including Grave Tales during the fall.
Grave Tales is an outdoor walking tour in the Village of Fort Langley. Each tour runs at night and lasts for around two or three hours. The experience is intended to be spooky, hair-raising and spine-chilling. During the walk, a tour guide shares scary stories and keeps everyone engaged and entertained. You can expect to hear all about ghosts, amputations, burials, mysteries and more. You’ll likely walk through a real graveyard as well!
Given the mature subject matter, the most ominous Grave Tales tours are typically for adults only. There are other versions of the tour more suitable for younger groups too though.
For tickets and full details about the Grave Tales walking tours, see the Parks Canada website.
Hours and Admission
In previous years, the tours have run exclusively in and around the month of October. In 2021 Grave Tales took place from October 15th until November 7th.
Due to the success of Grave Tales, organizers offered a special summer edition of the tour in 2022. The early tour this year happened on Saturday, August 13th. It began at 9:00 pm and continued until midnight. This special tour was only for folks ages 18 and above. The cost was $30.75 per person (including taxes) and tickets had to be reserved in advance.
In 2022 Fort Langley National Historic Site also offered a similar walking tour experience on August 20th. Hidden Histories Tours was a good opportunity to explore the town in a bit of daylight and hear stories told by heritage interpreters. This event ran from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and cost $30.75.
As usual, Grave Tales also runs in the fall this year. The tours happen on select dates between October 14th and November 6th in 2022. There’s a youth edition on weekends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The adult edition is also two hours long and starts at 7:00 and 8:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This year there’s also an extended version of the tour for adults that runs from 9:00 pm until midnight on the same days.
Individual tickets range from about $17 to $30 this year depending on the tour.
For full details about the national historic site, visit the Parks Canada website.
Tips and Suggestions
Below is some advice to help you make the most out of your Grave Tales and Hidden Histories Walking Tour experiences.
TIP #1: Grave Tales tours happen outdoors and at night. Be sure to dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. In the summer, remember your bug spray!
TIP #2: Grave Tales are tremendously popular and typically sell out well in advance. If you want to go on one, book your spot as soon as you can!
TIP #3: Fort Langley is a great place to visit any time of the year. Don’t just go on the walking tours. Visit the fort too if you haven’t already done so!
TIP #4: Did you know that you can also stay overnight at the fort? You can! Inside the historic site there are oTENTiks which are like fancy cabin-like tents. They can be rented between the beginning of May and early October. To learn more about these visit the Parks Canada website.
TIP #5: In addition to the walking tours, the fort also hosts other events at different times of the year. These include Vive les Voyageurs in January, Brigade Days on the BC Day Long Weekend in the summer, the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival in October, and Heritage Holidays during the Christmas season. To learn about these and other seasonal activities at the fort, see the Fort Langley Website’s Events Page. The Fort Langley Jazz Festival hosts concerts there sometimes too.
For more information about Grave Tales visit the Parks Canada website.
Fort Langley National Historic Site is operated by Parks Canada. Other national historic sites in the Lower Mainland are the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village and the Britannia Mine Museum at Britannia Beach (which is just south of Squamish). On Vancouver Island, there is also Fort Rodd Hill in Victoria.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- The Town of Fort Langley
- Fort Langley National Historic Site
- Vancouver Places for History & Culture
- Vancouver Shows and Entertainment
- Festivals and Events Calendar