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Outdoor leisure activities were popular with the fort’s upper class, especially shooting, hunting and riding – when weather and health permitted.
On one occasion, Thomas Lowe had “rather a dull time of it” when rain foiled his plans to be outside on Christmas morning. On another, he explained that a measles outbreak caused “so much sickness in the fort, [that] we had no amusement during the day.”
The fort’s working class also indulged in the outdoors. “Some were engaged in gambling,” American pioneer Joel Palmer noted, “some singing, some running horses, many promenading on the river shore, and others on the large green prairie above the fort.”
Source: Gregory P. Shine, “A General Time of Indulgence and Festivity”: Early Winter Holiday Celebrations at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.