When: Saturday October 5, 2019 11:00AM -2:00 PM
Where: Derby Reach Regional Park, Heritage Area 10716 Allard Crescent
Hosted by Derby Reach/Brae Island Park Association and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area
Come join Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for their fall celebration: Heritage Apple Day held in Derby Reach Regional Park on October 5 2019. The first Heritage Apple Day was held in 2006. 2019 will be the 14th year of the celebration.
This annual event celebrates and spreads the knowledge of heritage apples and the role apples and orchards played in the early settlement of the Fort Langley area. You can see the remnants of the first settlers’ apple trees planted in 1890’s still standing within the park. According to historic accounts from William Markow and Sharon Meneely, they were mainly “Northern Spy” variety with a cross of “King” variety, as well one of the oldest varieties of apple trees in the park called “Wolf River”. (2003 Fall – The Forgotten Orchards)
Some features of the celebration are — entertainment, educational events, historic re-enactments, with pioneer chores and pioneer games for the kids. As well there will be many varieties heritage apples to taste, many of which are not commonly grown.
So as not to disturb possible archaeological sites, Derby Reach Regional Park also boasts a “floating apple orchard” planted above ground. These “floating” apple trees have been grafted from some of the old historic apple branches.
The event takes place in Derby Reach Regional Park at the Heritage Area off Allard Crescent.
The event is sponsored by the Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association with assistance from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. DRBIPA acknowledges Heritage Apple Day past and continuing support from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Pacific Parklands Foundation, McElhanney Consultants, Andy Schildhorn, realtor, and Lee’s Market, Fort Langley. Thank you.