October 3: Church and Fort Langley

Being Sunday we decided to visit another church – this time St. George’s in nearby Fort Langley.   This was a beautiful wooden building inside and out, with exquisite stained glass windows.  The service was “modern with guitars”, mercifully played by competent musicians!   The clergy were exclusively women, including the cross-bearer, but the musicians were all men!

 The village itself is charming and very “British”, and by the Fraser River is old Fort Langley itself, which was the original Hudson’s Bay Post that founded the colony of British Columbia.  Smaller than the similar one in Fort William, but different because on the West Coast, in addition to furs, there was trade in salted salmon to Hawaii, and vegetables that were sent further north, even to Alaska.   There was an interesting comment that the people of the West Coast were more sophisticated, and were much more astute in their bargaining than the inland bands.  

 Fort Langley was also world famous as the starting point for the Fraser gold field, and this stimulated the British to declare BC a colony.

 John

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