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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Fort Langley

Fort Langley
Fort Langley is located just east of Surrey and west of neighbouring Abbotsford in the Lower Mainland's Fraser Valley, about 50 km (30 miles) east of Vancouver.

Township of Langley
Fort Langley, along with the communities of Aldergrove, Brookswood/Fernridge, Murrayville, Walnut Grove, Willowbrook, Willoughby and parts of the industrial zone of Gloucester on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1, are included in the Township of Langley.

Glover Road
To get to Fort Langley take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 east from Vancouver or west coming from Chilliwack, look for the 232 St. exit, then turn north off Trans-Canada Hwy 1. You travel until Glover Road and then turn right towards the Fraser River. When you're on Hwy 1 watch for the exit signs for the Fort Langley National Historic Park.

'Birth Place of British Columbia'
Often recognized and described as the 'Birth Place of British Columbia,' Fort Langley once served in the past as one of the most significant fortification and commercial centre in British Columbia helping the development and settlement of Europeans into the heartland of the province.

National Historic Park
Once used as a trading post for Hudson's Bay Company, Fort Langley is now a national historic park open to the public. Today you can visit the national historic park which has been maintained in its original fashion of the 19th century giving you a view into BC's past.

Fort Langley Railway Station
After you have visited historic Fort Langley, take your time and stroll over to the restored 1910's era CNR Railway Station. Here you can visit and view a very wonderful little museum that features a few artifacts dealing with BC's railway past including a well-preserved 1920's era caboose located outside.

Fort Langley Artists Group - FLAG
FLAG or Fort Langley Artists Group also shows and displays local art at the restored CNR Station in the old baggage room. This has helped create a centre for local painters and artisans to display their inspirations and artwork to the public.

Jazz and Blues
The local artists seem to attract a large following and this has led to an influx of musicians. Occasionally the Fort Langley Community Hall allows live jazz and blues music to be performed. Nearby City of Langley has an annual Jazz and Blues Festival every June.

Fort Langley Community Hall
The Fort Langley Community Hall is another local landmark you'll see when you arrive in Fort Langley. The old heritage building completed in 1931 has been maintained wonderfully throughout the years and features a horsehair sprung dance floor and a beautiful theatre and stage.

Antiques and Collectables
Fort Langley has a number of curio shops if you're interested in purchasing antiques, keepsakes or collectables. Most shops seem to specialize in what they sell and feature items such as old tools and machinery, pictures and photos, furniture, equestrian art and horse memorabilia.

Fort-to-Fort Trail
For people who like to walk about there is a great trail along the Fraser River called the 'Fort-to-Fort.' The trail starts at the national historic site near the Trans-Canada Trail then follows the Fraser River's Bedford Channel. Along the trail you can enjoy northern views of Brae and McMillan Islands, Kanaka Regional Park plus the Golden Ears Provincial Park near Maple Ridge.

Derby Reach Regional Park
Derby Reach Regional Park is located on the south side of the Fraser River downstream from Fort Langley at an excellent fishing bar called Edgewater Bar. Derby Reach Regional Park has 38 riverfront camping sites, a picnic shelter, numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, hiking and, if you're a bird watcher, a colony of blue herons has set up home in the large cottonwood trees present in the park.

The Fort Wine Co.
For people who enjoy British Columbia's cottage wine industry there is a vineyard in Fort Langley called The Fort Wine Co. When you are visiting other Fraser Valley wineries you can make it part of your wine tour.

Cranberry Festival
There are so many other things and events to see when you visit Fort Langley streets. The annual Cranberry Festival in October features a celebration involving the cranberry, a locally grown fruit, with races, food, various displays and contests involving the kids.

Golf Course near Fort Langley
Two favourites that are close by to Fort Langley are Belmont Golf Course located on Glover Road, Fort Langley Golf Course just off 96th Avenue on McKinnon Crescent and Redwoods Golf Course on 88th Avenue. All are hidden gems that allow you to get some premium golf time without the wait.

Horseback Riding
The residences of Township of Langley and nearby Langley have an affection for horseback riding. Various horse trails have been set up allowing you to enjoy the lovely countryside astride a horse. There is also the equestrian center, the Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park, close by at 24550 72nd Avenue near the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Kwantlen First Nations Park
When travelling around Fort Langley take Glover Road over to McMillan Island, once the route to the old Albion Ferry. Home of the Kwantlen First Nations' Park, McMillan Island overlooks Bedford Channel and borders Brae Island. There is a small park only a short walk away called Kwantlen First Nations' Park that has a beautiful southerly view back towards Fort Langley.

RV Campground
If you require a RV campground when visiting Fort Langley there is the Fort Langley Camping RV Resort & Campground and Brae Island Regional Park. Both are within a conveniently short walking distance from over the bridge on McMillan Island. Then there is Derby Reach Regional Park located on the south side of the Fraser River downstream from Fort Langley.

Bed and Breakfasts
There is the Salmon River Guest House and the Cranberry Country B&B both located in Fort Langley. Salmon River Guest House and Cranberry Country are both close to the Salmon River and a few minutes walk to the village.

Langley and Maple Ridge
For all your major purchases, the big box stores are close by towards the west on the Fraser Hwy in the Municipality of Langley or across the new bridge to Pitt Meadows. In both areas you can find a greater selection of restaurants, hardware items and grocery stores including a large number of Starbucks coffee shops, Costco, Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire.

Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Also situated across from Fort Langley in Maple Ridge is Kanaka Creek Regional Park which features beautiful trails and some waterfalls.

Information on Fort Langley

 

 

Map of Fort Langley
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Fort Langley Map - Google

Sir James Douglas
Sir James Douglas

 

Fort Langley Historic Fort
Historic Fort Langley

 

CNR Railway Station
CNR Railway Station

 

Fort Langley Community Hall
Fort Langley Community Hall

 

Antique Stores
Antique Stores

 

Historic Fort Langley
Historic Fort Langley

 

Centennial Museum
Centennial Museum

 
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