Take a short 40 minute trip from Vancouver to see the delightful town of Langley. This great community offers much for visitors no matter what their interests. You can get your fill of history with the museums and heritage sites or get in touch with the local culture through horseback riding and the Circle Farm tours which take you around all the local farms. There are also fantastic wine tours and plenty of shopping.
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Fort Langley is thought of as the birthplace of British Columbia. The colony dates back to the 19th century where it was developed next to the Fraser River. The current town of Langley still has many of the old charms of the small village it started as over 150 years ago. It also offers more modern amenities such as fine dining, parks, festivals modern day movie theatres and a casino.
The History of Langley and Fort Langley
Initially starting as a trading post in 1827 for the Hudson Bay Company, Fort Langley was the primary source of trade for the area was fur, salmon and farming crops. 1856 brought the Fraser River Gold Rush and shortly after Sir James Douglas became the first British Columbia governor, settling in the area of Langley. To this day, the fort is considered a historical site and receives over 60,000 visitors per year.
You can experience history first hand in the fort, panning for gold, looking at furs and learning how to make barrels and the blacksmith trade. The fort is one of the oldest buildings in BD, dating back to 1840 and showcases old furniture in the Big House as well as a dedication to the Kwantlen First Nation.
The town of Langley grew and developed into a major region for agriculture, specifically dairy, poultry, cranberries and mushrooms. With the Fraser River to the north, the town is 320 square kilometres. At the eastern border is Abbotsford, to the west is Surrey and to the south lies Washington state (U.S).
The abundance of farmland leads to a significant source of food for the area. Locally made organic goods and homemade chocolate are traditional treats. The famous Circle Farm Tour shows you an in depth look at the farming experience of the region with an opportunity to buy fresh cheese and jams at the end. You can also pick blueberries and strawberries along the way and stop to enjoy one of the many wineries on your way home.
Places to See
The British Columbia Farm and Agricultural Museum tells the story of the lands, and you can also visit art galleries, bookstores and candy shops along the Glover River. If airplanes are your thing, stop by the Canadian Museum of Flight or learn about the local tribal history at the Langley Tribal Spirit Gallery. With authentic totem poles, you can immerse yourself in history. When you need a shopping break, visit the Willowbrook Shopping Centre where your choice of 150 different stores awaits you. Golf enthusiasts can stop by the Redwood or Belmont golf courses to get their games on.
The Cascades Casino sits in the centre of the downtown area, and the city also boasts an 18 screen movie theatre known as the Colossus. The theatre gained notoriety because of its design; deliberately made to look like the Mother Ship from the Spielberg movie ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Make sure you stop by the largest zoo in BC which has been open for 45 years and hosts over 800 species of animal, including deer, tigers, eagles, bears and much, much more. At the zoo, you can enjoy a train ride or safari bus tour.