|Population: 115,326Location: Langley is located on Highway 1A, 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Vancouver. Langley is surrounded by the communities of White Rock, Surrey, Fort Langley, and Abbotsford. Visitors exploring the Langley Centennial Museum, one of
the oldest community museums in British Columbia, will
see examples of pre-contact life’ among the Coast Salish
people, as well as early settler exhibits.
Next-door is the British Farm Machinery and Agricultural
Museum – a fine location considering the first farm developed
in the Lower Mainland of BC was at Fort Langley.
Though never short on ambition, some of the pioneer’s
optimistic dreams remained the massive yet futile 1860s’
effort to build a telegraph system stretching from North
America to Europe, via British Columbia, Alaska, and Siberia.
Historians interested in aviation should visit the Canadian
Museum of Flight and Transportation, located at the Langley
Municipal Airport. On display is a restored original DC-3 Dakota
plane used in the 1950s by the Queen Charlotte Airlines, and a
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, referred to as the Missile
with a man in it courtesy of its maximum speed of mach 2
- twice the speed of sound.
The Wark-Dumas House was home to two well-known
The house, the core structure of which was built in 1890,
was restored by the Langley Heritage Society in 1987, and
since then has become a focal point for the Kwantlen
College Langley Campus.
Relive the romance and excitement of the wild west gold
rush with a visit to the landmark Traveller’s Hotel, built
in 1887 by Billy Murray on “Murray’s Corner”, about
a mile southeast of Langley on Old Yale Road.
The hotel has been in continual use for over 110 years,
meeting the needs of weary travellers as they journeyed
up the Fraser Valley.
Miners, merchants missionaries, high court judges, and
even premiers all stayed in these historic roadhouse hotels
that dotted the route to the goldfields in the 1800s.
Notorious train robber Billy Miner tayed here the night
before robbing the Canadian Pacific Railway of over
$8,000 in gold nuggets in Canada’s first great train robbery!
The City of Langley has designated the Nicomekl River
Floodplain as parkland, with a network of walking trails
winding along the Nicomekl River, leading to many
of the city’s parks.
Sendall Gardens features nearly four acres of beautiful
and unique plants, shrubs, trees and exotic birds, a
long-standing and popular venue for wedding photographs.
Agriculture plays an important role in the economy of
Langley, and local farms offer outstanding products with
Country Style hospitality and charm.
Be sure to enjoy a unique visit to one of the many country
stores, nurseries, orchards, or herb, blueberry or
vegetable farms in the area.
An old-fashioned Market In The Park featuring only BC
grown and produced products operates on Saturdays in
beautiful DouglasPark from June 2 to September 1 –
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Three Hot Air Balloon companies operate from Langley’s
Municipal Airport, offering services that range from
one-and-a-half hour champagne tours to short
tethered rides at special events.
Llamas and their smaller Alpaca cousins are a growing part
of the agricultural industry in Langley, with around 35
farms raising a total of over 400 of these South
American pack animals.
Llamas are used mainly by hikers on foot, who carry lead
lines and let the animals carry the supplies – up to
25 to 33 percent of their body weight.
Their soft feet don’t chew up trails like hoofed animals do.
A number of the llama farms offer farm visits – check at the
Visitor Info Centre for more information.
Go Wild…go to the Zoo! Enjoy an affordable and enjoyable
family outing to the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre,
in 264th Street in Aldergrove.
Enter the fascinating world of over 200 species of wild
animals, including lions, tigers, bears, rhino, giraffe
Set on 120 scenic acres of lush farmland and forests,
attractions include a children’s play area, the Safari
Express Train, the North American Wilds Safari Bus Tour
and beautiful picnic grounds.
Across the Fraser River from the entrance of Kanaka Creek,
Edgewater Bar in Derby Reach Regional Park is a big
attraction to anglers of all ages who come to set their lines
for salmonand watch the Fraser River flow by.
Fishing bars that were once prevalent along the Fraser
have more recently been usurped by log booms, which
makes Edgewater even more valuable.
What gives this park top billing are the squares of melmac
inlaid at the corner of each picnic table.
This is the officially sanctioned place to clean your salmon.
Just the sight of it raises one’s hopes.
Throughout the 1990s, the municipality of Langley has been
one of the leaders in the Fraser Valley when it comes to
developing trails for cycling and in-line skating: the
and Rollerblade Trails. In many places you’ll find generous,
paved shoulders on both the backroads and some of the
principal routes that lead through this largely rural
Several routes lead from Fort Langley and Aldergrove
Lake Regional Park.
Golf: Langley offers a number of golfing options: Newlands
Golf & Racquet Club is a challenging 18-hole, par-72
championship golf course featuring tree-lined fairways,
extensive rock walls, and some of the Fraser Valley’s
most memorable golf holes; Tall Timbers Golf Course is a
family owned and operated 18-hole public golf course that
has been serving golfers of any age in the Langley area
for over 20 years;
The Redwoods Golf Course provides the effect of playing
golf in a forest.
The canopy of trees have created a natural reverb
chamber amplifying the song of the over sixty species of
birds that call the course home (18 holes, par 71, 6,162 yards);
and Belmont Golf Course offers excellent year-round
course conditions and may be enjoyedby golfers of all
levels of ability.
Set in the tranquil serenity of the Fraser Valley, Belmont
plays to a par 70 at 6,416 yards from the championship
blue tees, to as short as 4,951 yards from the gold tees
(18 Holes, par 70).
Golf Vacations in an around Vancouver.
The Horseback Riding paths in Campbell Valley Regional Park
are located east of 200th Street in Langley.
Before this was parkland, Langley riders maintained the
bridle trails that run east towards Aldergrove.
Since September 1979, when the GVRD took control of the
2-square-mile (535-hectare) valley, these trails have come
into greater public use.
Today, Campbell Valley Regional Park is one of the easiest
places for visitors to satisfy a desire to ride a horse.
The Shaggy Mane Trail, which rings the park, runs 6.8 miles
(11 km), an easy two-hour ride.
Since riders often encounter park visitors who are
exploring the trails on foot, they must be escorted for
the first several visits.
Once riders qualify, however, they can set out on their own.
One of the best picnic sites in the south Fraser Valley is
located at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley,
where an unspoken welcome permeates the atmosphere.
Eat a little, explore a little, eat a little more – you know
Choose from any of three tabled sites or simply bring a
blanket and spread yourself beneath the arms of the
Hanging Tree, an imposing bigleaf maple in the valley bottom
beside the Little River Loop Trail.
Picnic tables and toilets are located at the North Valley
and South Valley entrances, as well as at the Campbell
Valley Downs Equestrian Centre.
You can lose yourself without getting lost on the park’s
miles of walking trails.
The landscape here is so welcoming that you won’t feel
isolated or alone.
At every twist and Turn along the pathway, a bird will call,
a squirrel will chatter, and fellow walkers will offer a smile.
Little Campbell River bubbles along its meandering course.
Follow the 1.4-mile (2.3-km) Little River Loop Trail through
the meadows and forested slopes of the valley bottom.
Pause at the Listening Bridge to listen. Spend an hour
or more exploring the gentle contours of the park along
the Ravine Trail, where former owners once farmed.
Wander around the Annand/Rowlatt farmstead, whose
sturdy barns, sheds, chicken coops, and home have all
been well maintained.
Peek in the windows of the old, one-room Lochiel
Schoolhouse nearby that’s been relocated to the park.
For a longer stroll, follow a portion of the Shaggy Mane
Trail that makes a grand 8.7-mile (14-km) sweep around
the park’s perimeter.
Derby Reach Regional Park near Fort Langley is the only
Greater Vancouver Regional Park that offers overnight
The riverfront sites here are allocated on a first-come basis.
Wander the deeply shaded trails, walk fields once farmed
by pioneers, or imagine the bustle of a trading post while
standing on the original townsite of Fort Langley, the oldest
continuously settled European community in British Columbia.
Tall black cottonwoods shelter the campsites and support the
nests of a colony of blue herons.
There are group campgrounds at several other locations
such as Deas Island and Campbell Valley.
Don’t miss a 30-year tradition at the Langley Country Style
Days, on the third Saturday in June, a celebration of Langley’s
rural heritage, featuring a country parade, music and
other live entertainment.
For one entire day the downtown business core of Langley
City is transformed into a huge artist’s studio for Arts Alive.
Held on the third Saturday in August, the celebration of art
features an Artwalk and many other entertaining festivities.
Langley Circle Farm Tour: Romance, repast, and regalement
are the three R’s on this tour.
Wine, roses and equestrian ballet are just a few o
f Langley’s claims to fame
Enjoy French cuisine, tasty take-away, or a picnic basket
filled with fresh pies, juicy berries and smoked sausage.
Sample classic grape vintages and award-winning fruit
wines, then stroll through two beautiful display gardens
featuring roses and unusual trees.
Bring the kids to see the rare Suri alpacas, pick pumpkins,
slurp up a nutritious berry milkshake, and experience a
real hands-on farm adventure.
Check with the Visitor Centre for more details.
East of Langley is Aldergrove, which takes its name from the
lush growth of alder trees In the area, although fields upon
fields of farmland attest to the growth of more than
Like neighbouring Abbotsford, Aldergrove is also home to
vast crops of strawberries and raspberries.
West of Langley is the town of Surrey, the second-largest
municipality in British Columbia and the ninth largest city
Surrounded by lush green fields, quiet forest trails, and
over eighty spacious parks, Surrey certainly earns its
motto as The City of Parks.
See the best of the area on a driving Circle Tour.
Head north out of Vancouver for a scenic our of the
Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, or stay on the
intensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway, passing through
the magical winter
resort town of Whistler and looping through the
To explore the rural farmlands and forests of the fertile
travel outbound on the scenic route north of the historic
Fraser River, returning westwards along the Trans Canada
Highway 1 to Vancouver