This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Fort Langley National Historic Site, which located just east of Vancouver, about a 45 minute drive. The fort today is run by the National Park service, but in the 1800's it was operated by The Hudson's Bay Company, which in it's early history was one of the larger fur trading companies operating in North America. Today The Hudson's Bay Company operates "The Bay" Department stores across Canada.
There are many interesting exhibits to be seen at the fort, including the building where the creation of the British colony of British Columbia took place on August 2, 1858. Fort Langley was the first capital of the colony of British Columbia. That status was short lived though, within a year it was moved to New Westminster for strategic reasons, as Fort Langley is very close to the US border. Later, when British Columbia joined the Dominion of Canada, the capital was moved to the current location in Victoria. The photo above was taken in a small office off of the room where the bill to create the colony was signed.