Posted by: cherylyoung | February 8, 2010

MORE ABOUT LANGLEY AND BEAUTIFUL B.C


 
Fronting the Fraser River to the north and Washington State 

to the south, Langley is located in the geographic centre of

the Lower mainland,  nestled  between Surrey to the west

 and Abbotsford and the lush farmland of the Fraser Valley

to the east.

 

 From Vancouver, it’s less than an hour’s drive east along

Highway 1 or via Highway 7 Take a short trip across the

Fraser River on the  Albion Ferry which enables motoriststo

make a direct connection between Highway 7 on the north s

hore and Highway  on the south.

 

 Named after Thomas Langley, a prominent Hudson’s Bay

 Company  director, Langley is considered to be the official

birthplace of British Columbia.

 

The colony of B.C was originally proclaimed here, at Fort

Langley, although the capital moved from here to New

Westminster, before finally settling at Victoria on

Vancouver Island.

 

 

The valley land between the Fraser River and the Canada-US

border ripples away like the wake behind a troller.

 

Early settlers didn’t have an easy go of it; the land was boggy

and thick with mosquitoes in summer. But having come this

far, they dug in, cleared the trees, farmed the land, and, in

season, hunted and fished for wild game.

 

 You can still get a scent of those years as you pedal the

backroads along the borde of Surrey and Langley.

 

 In the 1830s, the Hudson’s Bay Company began to develop and

farm approximately 810hectares of land in the area known as

Langley Prairie.

 

Today, Langley has almost 40 percent of the total agricultural

 land in the Fraser Valley, giving agriculture a majorrole in

the economy of the region.

 

With more farms than any other municipality in BC, Langley

 has the largest number of horse farms, the largest number of

rabbit farms, the most sheep, and almost half of the

 mushroom farms in the province.

 

 Without a doubt, the most interesting and popular

 attraction in the Langley area is the

Fort Langley National Historic site.

 

The fort, preserved and restored to its original 1850s condition,

is a gateway to British Columbia’s early history.

 

Visit the lovingly restored buildings of Fort Langley in the

summer months, when the park’s staff, dressed in period

 costumes of the era, go about their business blacksmithing,

churning butter and makingwagon wheels.

 

           old post office

Population: 115,326

Location: 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 oldestcommunity 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 finelocation 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 just that: a cairn near the corner

of Telegraph Trail and Glover commemoratesthe massive

yet futile 1860s’ effort to build a telegraph system stretching

fromNorth 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 arestored original DC-3 Dakota plane used in the

1950s by the Queen CharlotteAirlines, 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 Langley

families

.

The house, the core structure of which was built in

1890, was restored by theLangley 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 upthe

Fraser Valley.

 

Miners, merchants, missionaries, high court judges, and

evenpremiers all stayed in these historic roadhouse hotels

that dotted the route to thegoldfields in the 1800s.

 

Notorious train robber Billy Miner stayed here the night before

robbing the Canadian Pacific Railway of over $8,000 in gold

 nuggets inCanada’s first great train robbery!

 

 The City of Langley has designated the Nicomekl River

 Floodplain as parklandwith a network of walking trails

winding along the Nicomekl River, leading tomany 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,  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

 Douglas Park 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, offeringservices that range from one-and-

a-half hour champagne tours to short tethered ridesat

 special events.

 

 Llamas and their smaller Alpaca cousins are a growing part

 of the agricultural industryin Langley, with around 35 farms

raising a total of over 400 of these South American

packanimals.

 

Llamas are used mainly by hikers on foot, who carry lead lines

and let the animacarry the supplies – up to 25 to 33 percent of

their body weight.

 

Their soft feet don’t chew uptrails 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 GreaterVancouver Zoological Centre, in

264th Street in Aldergrove.

 

Enter the fascinatingworld of over 200 species of wild animals,

including ions, tigers, bears, rhino, giraffe and more.

 

Set on 120 scenic acres of lush farmland and forests,

attractions include achildren’s play area, the Safari Express

Train, the North American Wilds Safari BusTour and beautiful

 picnic grounds.

 

Across the Fraser River from the entrance of Kanaka Creek,

Edgewater Bar in DerbyReach Regional Park is a big attraction

 to anglers of all ages who come to set their linesfor salmon

and 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 atthe 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 Langley

Bike 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 environment.

 

Several routes lead from Fort Langley and Aldergrove Lake

Regional Park.

 

 Golf: Langley offers a number of golfing options: Newlands Golf

 & Racquet Club is achallenging 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 coursethat 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 enjoyed by 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 trailsthat 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 ValleyRegional Park in Langley, where

an unspoken welcome permeates the atmosphere.

 

Eat a little,explore a little, eat a little more – you know the

routine.

 

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 onthe 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 thewindows 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 Langleyis the only

Greater Vancouver Regiona Park that offers overnight

vehicle/tent camping.

 

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 hugeartist’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 of 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 uri 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 tree s in the area, although fields

upon fields of farmland attest to the growth of more than

just trees.

 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

in Canada.

 

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 tour 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 Coast Mountains.

 

To explore the rural farmlands and forests of the fertile

Fraser Valley, travel outbound on the scenic route north of

the historic Fraser River, returning westwards along the

Trans Canada Highway 1 to Vancouver.

Circle Tours in BC.

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CHERYL YOUNG, REALOR,

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY,

VICTORIA BC.  www.cherylyoung,ca

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