Posted by: cherylyoung | December 13, 2012

Fronting the Fraser River to the north and Washington Stateto the south,Langley is located in the geographic centre of the Lower mainland

 

Fronting the Fraser River to the north and Washington Stateto the south,Langley is located in the geographic centre of the Lower mainland 

 

Nestled betweein 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 motorists to make a direct connection

between Highway 7 on the north shore and Highway 1

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  border of Surrey and Langley.

 

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

and farm approximately  810 hectares  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

major role 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 making wagon wheels.

 

 

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

Langley families.

 

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

and more.

 

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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