Want to go on an unforgettable overnight family adventure without having to leave the Fraser Valley? How about a camping experience that doesn’t require fussing with a tent or an air mattresses?
I’ve got the perfect staycation for you — one that will take you on a blast to the past and leave you with stories you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Let’s go glamping at the National Historic Site in Fort Langley!
Starting in May, the Fort Langley National Historic Site will once again be welcoming campers to stay overnight in one of their five oTENTiks, located inside the Fort’s palisade walls.
Each summer when my sister-in-law and her family come and visit from Ontario, my inlaws book all five of the OTENiks for us.
Molly, Zoe and their four cousins, who range in ages from 5 to 12, love that they can run wild though the grounds, stay up late playing hide-and-go-seek and huddle around the campfire after sunset for s’mores.
Because the Fort is closed to the public after hours and is completely fenced in with towering walls, us parents and grandparents feel comfortable letting the girls have more freedom than they would have at a regular campground.
oTENTik, exclusive to Parks Canada, is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor. This water resistant accommodation is built to withstand diverse weather conditions and no set-up is required by campers. Each of the five units inside Fort Langley’s historic walls represents the heritage of Fort Langley’s diverse workers:
- oTENTik 1 – hǝn Ɂǝ́mǝt – First Nations
- oTENTik 2 – The Aloha – Hawaiian (wheelchair accessible)
- oTENTik 3 – Chez Louis – French-Canadian voyageurs
- oTENTik 4 – What Cheer House – North American gold prospectors
- oTENTik 5 – Stromness – Scottish boat builder’s tent
For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to live in the middle of a thriving Hudson’s Bay Company Fort in the 1800’s, this is the chance to find out more about your cultural heritage and live inside the Fort just like an employee of the HBC from long, long ago — well, minus all of the hard work.
During regular hours of operation, you’re welcome and encouraged to check out all the buildings, like the Servant’s quarters, the Big House, Depot, Blacksmith, etc. Once the Fort closes for the evening, the Full Barrel Cafe stays open 24/7 so campers can have access to the washroom facilities and common area — yes there are even hot showers inside. One can also help themselves to a plethora of board games and hot beverages at any time.
Plan to spend the day exploring Fort Langley National Historic Site. Watch blacksmithing demonstrations, learn to build a barrel, visit the farm animals and try your hand at gold panning, you might just strike it rich. Plus don’t miss the many interpretive program offered by the Fort’s costumed guides.
For anyone who wishes to venture beyond the Fort Langley National Historic Site during their stay, the village of Fort Langley is just steps away — there’s also the Fort-to-Fort Trail, a great little place to rent bikes, ice cream shops, gift stores, cafes, great dining destinations and much more!