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Situated in the Mighty Fraser Country within the lower mainland of British Columbia, Langley is the perfect place to stay and experience an endless choice of activities. Close to all major transportation routes, the communities of the Langley’s welcome you. Visitors are attracted by a blend of historic and heritage sites, farms and wineries, quaint boutiques and big-box shopping, as well as a variety of outdoor activities and events. The rolling landscape of the area, previously traversed by fur-traders and settlers, is now the burgeoning home of approximately 140,000. This means Langley is looking firmly towards the future but still retains its historic connections to the farm and family. A municipality with a far-reaching history, it was at Fort Langley in 1858 that Governor James Douglas announced the creation of British Columbia. Today’s Langley, however, delivers the kind of accommodations, dining, and other amenities that visitors would expect in the 21st century. International and national sporting events and diverse festivals and events all showcase how Langley has become a focal point of activity for southwestern BC. Agriculture remains an important industry and with so many farms here, the vibrant restaurants’ local cuisine is flavoured with home-grown produce. During your visit to Langley, be sure to set aside several days to explore. Whether you want to savour the unique tastes of the Circle Farm Tour, explore the wineries, venture back in time to discover our pioneering heritage, or see the wildlife, Langley makes an ideal home base. British Columbia’s lower mainland and Fraser Valley are amazing destinations with many delightful vacation opportunities. This region is easily defined by the spectacular scenery. This area is abundant with green forests, remarkable water systems, fertile agricultural land, and majestic snow-capped mountains. With efficient access from all parts of the area to major regional transportation corridors and three 24 hour border crossings, Langley is open and accessible to visitors from across BC and the Pacific Northwest. Nearby Vancouver International and Abbotsford International airports provide wider-ranging access.
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Beyond Langley Stay in Langley and explore the unique culture and cuisine that makes the surrounding areas an exceptional destination. Visitors to the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region can venture further into the Fraser Valley and continue to discover all the farm gate vendors that participate in the self-guided Circle Farm Tours. Pick up some cheese from Farm House Natural Cheeses, made with traditional French methods, or grab a jar of fresh organic honey or hazelnut spread to pair perfectly with a bottle of wine from a Langley vineyard. Of course, the City of Vancouver is another popular spot amongst visitors. This buzzing metropolis often tops the list for most livable and greenest cities in the world. Drive over the newly constructed Port Mann Bridge, North America’s second largest and longest cable-supported bridge and get into the city within an hour. Walk or bike along the Stanley Park Seawall—a scenic 22km path along Vancouver’s waterfront. Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions, takes visitors 137m across and 70m above the Capilano River. No matter what the season, the North Shore Mountains offer spectacular views of the city below, regardless of whether you hiked up, or plan on skiing down. Finish your day in the city with a visit to the historic Gastown area or the trendy Yaletown district before venturing back for a relaxing night in Langley. From rural excursions to city experiences, the possibilities in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region are endless. For more information on events and activities in the area, visit www.604Pulse.com
aldergrove History buffs and foodies alike will get their fix from what this community has become most famous for. Named after the thriving alder trees that complement the neighbourhoods, Aldergrove is ideally situated in the heart of the fertile Fraser River delta.
Situated at the southeastern edge of Langley, and adjacent to the city of Abbotsford, BC, Aldergrove is also a border community. This location is vital to establishing our relationships with our US neighbours as it is home to one of the Lower Mainland’s five border crossings, connecting to Lynden, Washington. As a result of the strategic location, the first Customs Office was built here in 1889 and stands to this day as a historic monument. With a growing population of approximately 12,000, the seasonally mild temperatures and prime soil conditions contribute to the production of some of the best agricultural products one can find. Delicious, mouth-watering strawberries, raspberries and blueberries brighten the summer season and lush fruit and vegetables are just some of the more common crops you will find from the flourishing farm fields and farm gate vendors.
If you want to eat like the locals, Aldergrove restaurants, pubs and cafés deliver some of the finest of fares. From the home-style cooking and local charm of the Hilltop Café to some of the best classic Canadian grilled burgers at Bob’s Bar & Grill to the renowned Seasonal 56 Restaurant where you will taste the freshest local ingredients of the Fraser Valley bounty.
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Visitors to Aldergrove can go wild here — with an enjoyable day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Watch the feeding of the lions, meet a reptile or watch out for the Radical Raptors. Whether you choose to walk, ride your bike, or take the safari minitrain, your day will be a memorable experience. The area also offers a multitude of outdoor pursuits. Equestrians, cyclists and hikers seek this community to enjoy the extensive network of paths that are carved through the lush fields and forests. And don’t forget your camera when you explore the beauty that is found everywhere you look at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park.
The community’s retail and services roots run deep in Aldergrove and it is especially highlighted by the landmark, Otter Coop. What once served as a general store and feed supply for the local farmers in the 1930s has turned into a one-stop shopping source today. Make sure to wander through the hub of this community, where you will discover an excellent mix of quaint one-of-a-kind specialty and brand name stores to meet your needs.
In 1926, the history of the turkey changed when turkey breeder Jesse Throssel moved from England to Aldergrove, BC. With just one tom and two hens making up his original breeding stock, Throssel worked with his high meat producing turkeys and the USDA to produce the Broad Breasted Bronze. This turkey breed grew in popularity through the 1940s and in the 1950s the BBB was bred with the White Holland turkey to produce the Broad Breasted White. Because of its maximum size and breast meat yield and ability to meet consumer demand, this specific turkey breed became the foundation of the modern turkey industry in North America.
With so much to discover and explore, make sure you make reservations for your overnight stays. The newly renovated and well-appointed Best Western Plus Country Meadows Hotel is ready to welcome you and will fit your needs. If a motor home or camper is your method of travel, there are several RV Parks conveniently located in the area. Should you find that business is calling while you are away, the Aldergrove Enterprise Centre comfortably provides you with the space, workplace and office support services you will need.
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FUN facts Military Connections The Royal Canadian Navy’s primary communication station for the Maritime Forces Pacific fleet is located at Naval Radio Site Aldergrove. NRS Aldergrove held the traditional naval designation of HMCS Aldergrove from 1956–1967 and Canadian Forces Station Aldergrove (or CFS Aldergrove) from 1967–1996. Automation in the mid-1990s combined with downsizing led to the facility becoming an attachment of CFB Esquimalt, rather than an independent Canadian Forces Station.
Theatre Under the Stars Langley’s Twilight Drive-In movie theatre is the largest of only three remaining outdoor theatres in BC. There are only five countries left that list locations for these infamous theatres: Australia, Brazil, India, the US and Canada. Be inspired by memories of the past, or simply enjoy an evening reminiscent of the rediscovered era from this North American culture — slip on your p.j.’s, gather together your family or friends and nestle under a star-filled night to see why this experience just may be making a comeback. With popular and new released features every weekend from February through November, the Twilight Drive-in is ideal for indulging in a bit of healthy nostalgia. AUDRA’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Seasonal 56 features the Fraser Valley’s vast bounty in a relaxed, unpretentious environment with friendly and knowledgeable service staff. We serve the freshest local ingredients you can find, we also have a retail section where you can purchase items to take home. Or, let us come to you! Our catering team creates “The Seasonal Experience” for any occasion. 201-26730 56th Avenue, Langley, BC Hours & Reservations 604 625 5601 www.theseasonalexperience.ca
Billy Miner — Pie? While a peaceful and friendly community today, Aldergrove was once home to Canada’s first and most famous train robber, Bill Miner (known by the Mounties and, much later, Hollywood, as the Grey Fox). Though a masterful and elusive ne’er-do-well, the Grey Fox was eventually brought to justice in 1906 by local resident brothers, Duncan and Robert Shortreed. Today, the Shortreed Cairn marks the location of this pioneer family homestead.
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BROOKSWOOD Noted for its abundance of parkland, trees, natural spaces, and conservation areas, Brookswood is mainly a residential community. Residents and visitors have access to the George Preston Recreation Centre, BMX bike track, skateboard park, Noel Booth Park and an array of local shopping amenities.
Brookswood is a small community with lots to do. Langley Passive Park at 208th Street and 36th Avenue offers a disc golf course. George Preston Recreation Centre is home to the Langley Curling Club, and offers public skating during the winter months. If the weather is warmer, pack a picnic and bring the kids to the neighbourhood water park. Brookswood Pond is the perfect spot to take a walk and is popular with dogs and their owners.
After some time enjoying the area’s amenities, you can always enjoy a meal or take a coffee break. Your choices range from pub fare to authentic international dishes. A local favourite is Ruan Thai where you can enjoy fresh and delicious Thai cuisine prepared by the husband and wife team that own the restaurant. Find them in the Brookswood Plaza.
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The Langley Players Drama Club, located in Brookswood, has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for almost 45 years.
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CULTU R E Steeped in history, rich in culture and vibrant in the arts, Langley offers a magnificent showcase of the influences of the past, how they have come to shape our present while at the same time giving a glimpse to the future. There is something for everyone. Explore the variety of interesting and interactive museums that display the multi-cultural aspects and include a fascinating exploration into the life of our development as the thriving hub of the region. The energetic arts communities are comprised of many first class and internationally recognized artists of their craft. For the art aficionado, beautiful glasswork, pottery, paintings, carvings and jewellery can always be found in one of the quaint galleries— many of which are housed in the local historic buildings. “Art in Found Spaces”, the Langley Arts Council program,
has created exhibit spaces in several high traffic locations within both the City of Langley and Township of Langley and range from youth and emerging artists, to juried exhibits. Music is often in the air, with performances by an array of talented local musicians who take the stage. Whether it is the heritage of the people, the bounty of the harvest or celebrations of the expressions of the arts, every season provides a reason to mark an occasion in Langley. From festivals to events, whether it is to celebrate Canada or the Magic of Christmas, mark your calendar and come join us.
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Seven horses and a colt are on public display through “Horsing Around Langley”, a public art project designed to foster community collaboration. It has brought together the agricultural, art and cultural communities, as well as the corporate community and the general public at large in a year-long venture that is aimed to use art to enhance the community’s agricultural heritage. Home to over 6,000 horses, it also acknowledges Langley as the Horse Capital of BC. Proceeds from the sponsorships, sale and auctioning of the horse and colt statues will be used by the Langley Arts Council to support future art and cultural activities, including grants and sponsorships to other art and cultural non-profit groups in Langley. Contact the Langley Visitor Information Centre at 604.888.1477 or visit www.tourism-langley.ca or www.langleyarts.org to inquire on the current locations of displays.
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CITY OF LANGLEY The first European settlers in what is today the City of Langley were William and Adam Innes, two brothers who came to British Columbia from near London, Ontario with the intention of freighting to the Cariboo goldfields. The original settlement became known as “Innes Corners”, and was later called “Langley Prairie” when the post office was transferred there in 1911. Continued growth resulted in the demand for higher levels of service in the community and on March 15, 1955, the City of Langley, with its current boundaries, was incorporated as a separate municipality.
For arts and culture, sports, shopping and more, the City of Langley is… The place to be. Several significant streets make up the vibrancy of the municipality, highlighted by both the Fraser Highway and Douglas Crescent. It is an ideal location to spend a relaxing day of shopping. With high-end independent stores, farmer’s markets, terrific antique retailers, free parking and pedestrian friendly streets, the City of Langley is proud to be a growing business centre that has held onto its heritage feel. Especially known for its thriving arts community, every season is full of wonderfully exciting events in the City of Langley, many of which are organized by the Downtown Langley Business Association. Traveland RV Rentals is conveniently located on the Langley Bypass/Highway 10, for those picking up an RV and continuing on to explore the province. There are also a number of comfortable hotels such as a Best Western Plus Langley Inn, Days Inn & Suites, and Cascades Casino & Resort. The City of Langley is also home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with 45 acres of cutting-edge science labs, greenhouses and nurseries offering over 120 diverse programs.
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Dining in downtown City of Langley provides numerous options to whet anyone’s appetite. Find Greek, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and Canadian cuisines in addition to many unique local lunch spots such as Ignite Cafe, Choo Choo’s Restaurant, Wings, and BC’s only Olive Garden to name a few. There’s something for every palate from 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market which provides sustainable seafood choices, to bakeries specializing in cupcakes like Frosting Cupcakery. For the barbeque King or Queen, a popular foodie event that takes place annually in the City of Langley is BBQ on the Bypass. This barbeque competition is heaven on earth for those who like to combine the best of barbequed food and a smokin’ good time.
We have over 300,000 records! If you can’t find something you like at Krazy Bob’s you’re just not trying! 20484 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC V3A 4G2 604•534•5150 www.krazybobs.com Sun, Mon, Tues 11 am to 4 pm • Closed Wed • Thurs, Fri, Sat 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
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Quality entertainment and events are what makes the City of Langley shine! Every weekend during the summer, musicians, street performers, magicians and jugglers take to the streets, making it a welcoming place to experience warm Langley hospitality. At certain times throughout the year you will witness the streets come alive with hundreds of people during the Community Day Parade. Vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles are the draw as part of the annual Good Times Cruise In charity event, while local artisans that produce quality art work, jewellery, pottery and woodworking sell their craft during the award winning Arts Alive Festival. The Summit Theatre inside the Cascades Casino & Resort attracts a diverse blend of entertainers that include hit bands, comedy acts, and talented magicians. Popular “Dine and Dance” evenings are also hosted throughout the year. If you’re looking for an active family adventure visit The Great Escape for 3D mini golf, air trek, bowling, or laser tag. City Park is a central location in the community for swimming at the refreshing outdoor Al Anderson Memorial Pool or enjoying a spectacular concert at the Langley Community Music School. This park also offers a variety of recreational opportunities that include a children’s water park, playground, ball diamonds and sports fields.
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LANGLEY’S FINEST FRESH SEAFOOD MARKET! While visiting Langley, be sure to pop into our convenient downtown location and check out our great specials on seafood. We’ve got the selection, quality and value you’re looking for!
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did you know? You can experience a tropical landscape right here in Langley at Sendall Gardens. Visit the greenhouse between April and October and immerse yourself in a wide variety of colourful exotic plants!
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With free parking here, shopping in downtown Langley is easy. There are so many unique stores to choose from, and they’re all nearby! Reminisce the past with antique and collectables shops such as Krazy Bob’s Music Emporium where you’re sure to find a treasure or two. Also, explore furniture and home décor stores like McBurney Junction Furniture and The Passionate Home as well as salons, florists, pet supply and candy stores.
If you’re a master chef yourself (or maybe you want to become one) check out Well Seasoned, A Gourmet Food Store, the place to go for great kitchen products and year round cooking classes delivered by some of the Lower Mainland’s finest chefs who will inspire you to bring out your own inner chef. And your connection to the rest of the world is closer than you think with the many fair trade treasures found at Ten Thousand Villages. Downtown Langley is a great place to get it all done!
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FUN facts Small things have the biggest punch A great deal of fun is packed into this small community; the size of the City of Langley is only four square miles.
Corporate liaisons Langley was named after Thomas Langley, a prominent stockholder in the management of the Hudson’s Bay Company who never actually came to the area.
Water babies There are only a few remaining outdoor heated swimming pools to enjoy in BC. The City of Langley boasts one of them —Al Anderson Memorial is located in City Park.
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Saturday, August 17th, 10 am to 5 pm, downtown Langley City, Fraser Hwy, between 204th & 206 St. With over 200 visual and performing artists, our festival has become a signature event in the lower mainland. This free, family event features live musical performances, artists and artisans showcasing a myriad of mediums, live demonstrations, a children’s venue and special performance surprises throughout the day. JEWELLERY • GL ASS • SCULPTURE • PAINTINGS • FURNITURE • WOOD CER AMICS • CANDLES • TOYS • AUTHORS • QUILTING • FABRIC ART
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FORT LANGLEY Take a visit to the village of Fort Langley where you will find specialty shops, restaurants, charming bed and breakfasts, excellent camping facilities at Fort Camping at Brae Island, museums, historic sites and recreation options—from walking trails to river sports. Known as the ‘Birthplace of BC’ this quaint and vibrant village continues to tell the tale of how, 150 years ago, the Colony of British Columbia was proclaimed.
While it all began with the search for gold on the Fraser River, this all-season destination is a combination of turn-of-the-century architecture and rural landscapes. This is also the exact location where the Hudson’s Bay Company established their huge trade organization and the story is told inside both the National Historic Site and the Langley Centennial Museum. The nearby world-renowned Trinity Western University attracts students from around the world who are interested in a classic liberal arts education.
SWEET TOOTH At Maria’s Gelato you will find over 40 delicious flavours of gelato and sorbetto.
Quality candy and hand-made chocolates can be found at Euphoria Chocolates, Into Chocolate Candy and Confections, and Everybody Loves Candy Shoppe.
The original site of the Hudson’s Bay fort is actually located three kilometres downstream from its present site, at what was later called Old Fort Langley, and then Derby in 1858. The remnants of the first fort and signage explaining its history are now located in what is now Derby Reach Regional Park. High tea, cupcakes, macaroons and pastries are just some of the delectable treats found at Traceycakes Bakery Café and the Little White House Café. 18
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The trail connects Fort Langley to the original site of the Hudson’s Bay trading post which was previously located downriver. The trail is spectacular year round and is lined with seasonal wildflowers, lush vegetation and wildlife. Many prominent and well-attended events happen annually in the community including the well known Cranberry Festival which takes place on Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t forget to include a visit to The Fort Wine Co., which is known for its tasty cranberry and fruit wines, or experience the true farm lifestyle at Aldor Acres Dairy Centre where you will be taught the art of milking a cow. A visit to Fort Langley wouldn’t be complete without learning a bit about British Columbia’s history at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley Centennial Museum or BC Farm and Agriculture Museum.
Fine dining experiences in Fort Langley are plenty and include independent gems such as Beatniks Bistro, the patio in town to devour gourmet dishes in the warm summer evening air; Eighteen 27, a top-notch martini bar whose selections of tapas, entrees and live music are sure to set the mood; as well as the Lampliter Gallery Café, well known for its seasonally inspired refined country cooking. If a quick bite or gourmet café latte are what you’re looking for, look no farther than Planet Java Café, Fort Langley’s own 50s themed diner; the famous Wendel’s Bookstore and Café, a popular meeting spot for Fraser Valley cycling clubs, Village Coffee and Tea Company; or Fort Langley’s newest addition — Say Cheese, a gourmet grilled cheeserie. If you’re looking to have a couple brews and watch the game on a big screen tv, you must check out The Fort Pub and Grill.
Recreational opportunities abound in Fort Langley and the natural landscapes are a perfect setting for the outdoors. If spending time on the water is preferred, then make your way to the Bedford Channel and Brae Island Regional Park, where you will find a paddle centre to rent a canoe or kayak and learn to paddle. If the greens are calling, there are three 18 hole full size championship golf courses available within your reach. Choose from Belmont Golf Course, Fort Langley Golf Course, or the nearby Pagoda Ridge, Langley’s newest course, whose Asian-infused architecture makes for a unique experience. Walking, running or cycling The Fort to Fort Trail is one of the more popular activities for locals and visitors alike.
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Antiques, candles, housewares, clothing, tea and artwork are just a few of the treasures that can be found at the many specialty shops in Fort Langley. The Cupboard offers unique drinkware and accessories you won’t find anywhere else, and the Old Candle Factory is the place to go to either make or purchase handmade crafted candles of every size, shape and scent. You’ll find all that you’re looking for and more in the hundreds of local shops and galleries that make this quaint village a hot-spot for holiday shopping and summertime window-shopping strolls.
FUN facts Birthplace of BC Fort Langley is known as the ‘Birthplace of BC.’ It was here, on November 19, 1858 that our first governor James Douglas proclaimed BC as a crown colony inside what is now the Big House at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
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GRAVE TALES Visit Fort Langley in October and tour the community by the light of the moon as part of a Grave Tales tour and listen to spinechilling tales of love, mysterious burials and old-school amputations from Fort Langley’s past.
The Marr House, now the quaint store and café, Little White House, was built by Dr. Benjamin Butler Marr in 1910, the community’s first resident physician. Marr planted the horse chestnut trees opposite his house as memorials to Langley men who died during the First World War.
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For the sauce: brown the onion and garlic in one tbsp oil. Add curry paste and stir one minute. Add tomato, cream, coconut, sugar and bring to a boil. Blend the sauce and season. For the prawns: heat oil in a pan, add prawns and cook on one side for two minutes, flip and add 2 cups of sauce. Cook for another two minutes. Plate and serve with fresh cilantro.
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Memorial Trees In the summer of 1914, a group known as the Langley Volunteers began preparing for what was later called the Great War. At the head of this organization was Dr. Benjamin Marr, Municipal Collector Archie Payne, and local grocer Arthur Johnston. During their service in Europe, Marr and Payne decided that if they were lucky enough to return, they would do what they could to remember Langley’s fallen soldiers. After the War, Marr and Payne returned to Langley and began their memorial projects. Street names were changed to commemorate the soldier who had lived there, such as Glover Road or Berry Road. To create a living memorial to the dead, it was decided in 1923 to plant a tree for each fallen soldier at their renamed street. Originally the trees were surrounded by a white fence and featured a plaque stating who the road was named after. All of the original markers have disappeared and, although many of the trees have died, the remaining few stand as a reminder of how everyone in this small community was touched by the far-away war. The Langley Heritage Society placed house-shaped cement monuments at the remaining four trees as a memorial to both the First World War soldiers and the people who planted these trees in 1923. Plaques were placed on the monuments in a ceremony on December 20, 2003.
The four remaining Memorial Trees Trattle Street in Fort Langley, planted for Alfred Trattle Former CPR worker and farmer, who died at Vimy Ridge in 1917
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MURRAYVILLE FUN facts Amid the homes and shops, this area is the traditional civic core. Murrayville is home to the Langley Memorial Hospital, Langley RCMP Main Detachment, Langley School District offices, W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, and Langley Regional Airport. Murrayville is one of the oldest communities in Langley and several historical landmarks are found here, including the community’s oldest schoolhouse and the 1930s P.Y. General Store, today a modern café.
Historical Old Yale Road, one of the first roads to be paved in the province, runs through Murrayville and connects to the city’s first roundabout. The Langley Regional Airport is a general aviation airport used for aviation industry businesses and by private aircraft for recreational flying, as well as fixed wing and helicopter flying training and charter flights. The airport is also home to the Canadian Museum of Flight, dedicated to restoring, preserving and showcasing Canada’s rich aviation heritage. It is a great spot to spend part of your day. Do not miss the famous Handley Page Hampden as it is the only one on display in the world! Murrayville is also home to the Langley Golf & Banquet Centre, a beautifully groomed par 3 course that appeals to all skill levels.
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The two main pads of the Langley Regional Airport are capable of accommodating the largest helicopter in the world, the Sikorsky S-61, as well as a variety of other rotary wing aircraft.
Langley’s first indoor public pool opened December 1986. Named in memory of the Township’s late mayor W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, it also featured BC’s first wave pool.
The Murrayville Pumphouse is important for its historic and social significance. The pump house site has supplied water to the residents of Murrayville, one way or another, continuously since 1911. Community folklore still claims that the water collected here makes the best pickles.
THE PERFECT SETTING Langley streetscapes, buildings, and green space have been featured in many US and Canadian feature films, Made-for-TV movies, commercials, and TV series. Next time you rent a movie or head to the theatre, take a close look and see if you recognize any locations from your visit to Langley. Some spots you should keep your eyes open for include Café Planet Java, Canadian Museum of Flight, the Village of Fort Langley itself, the Fort Langley National Historic Site, the Fort Langley Community Hall, The Hill Top Café, and Porters Coffee and Tea House. In addition to BC’s wealth of talent both in front of and behind the scenes, film producers love the diverse landscape of the area—from the mountain backdrops to valley farmland, bustling streetscapes to picturesque scenery. Being in the same time zone as Hollywood, California is another benefit! Fort Langley is said to be scouted by a film crew at least twice a week, possibly because of its visual similarity to Upper State, New York. A trip to Langley can transport you into a battle with the paranormal in Supernatural, or into Storeybrook, a town filled with fictional characters come to life in Once Upon a Time. You just might step into a frozen arctic landscape in the Yellowknife-based show Arctic Air, or find yourself surrounded by vampires from the Vampire Diaries. In the heat of the summer months, you could even turn the corner and enter a winter wonderland set, as holiday movies are often filmed in the Village of Fort Langley year round.
Keep your eyes peeled for Langley landmarks while watching: Air Bud/Buddies (Movies) Arctic Air (TV Series) Are We There Yet? (Movie) Flash Gordon (TV Series) Fringe (TV Series) Haunting Hour (TV Series) Hope Springs (Movie) Million Dollar Neighbourhood (TV Series) Once Upon A Time (TV Series)
Smallville (TV Series) Supernatural (TV Series) Taken (TV Series) The Butterfly Effect (Movie) The Company You Keep (Movie) The Fog (Movie) The Vampire Diaries (TV Series) Twilight Saga (Movies) Whistler (TV Series)
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The Canadian Museum of Flight has a unique collection of classic Canadian aircraft. Come and explore our history of flight, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and so much more! Hangar #3 - 5333 216th Street Langley, BC V2Y 2N3 T 604-532-0035 canadianflight.org Open daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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SOUTH LANGLEY With approximately 77 per cent of its land located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, much of the Township of Langley lies in rural areas. Farms, agri-businesses, and homes on acreages can be found in the rural spaces that surround the urban neighbourhoods. These areas are also home to wineries, equestrian centres (including Western Canada’s premier High Point Equestrian Centre and Clubhouse), golf courses, and numerous parks and green spaces.
FUN facts An area in the southwest corner of the community, South Langley boasts a unique micro-climate in which five local wineries flourish. Agri-tourism is prominent in this area, and the picturesque, rolling landscape beckons horseback riders from near and far. The large area of parkland and views of the Golden Ears Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a day of wine tasting, cycling, horseback riding or strolling through the park.
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The Fraser Valley is quickly becoming a well-respected wine destination. With a multitude of world-class wineries, there is truly something to please every wine connoisseur. Of Langley’s six wineries, five are situated in South Langley, making them ideal stops on a scenic cycling tour of the area. Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery, the most established of this industry in Langley, offers tastings, tours and authentic French cuisine prepared with local ingredients and a West Coast flair at the on-site Bacchus Bistro overlooking 50 acres of vineyard. Events are held year round at the wineries such as a Harvest Party and Date Night at Neck of the Woods Winery & Backyard Vineyards, as well as Art in the Vines and a Monster Mash Grape Stomp at Township 7 Vineyards & Winery. There is fun for the whole family. You’ll be pleased to find a decadent array of artisanal preserves available at Vista D’oro Farms & Winery that will perfectly pair with a local vintage. Don’t forget to sip their flagship D’oro, a fortified walnut wine, while enjoying a picnic underneath the walnut trees. Taste the wines and tour the facilities at Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery and your journey is sure to be full of fabulous flavour. 26
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Hidden Gem If you’re exploring Campbell Valley Regional Park, you just might stumble upon a forgotten gem. The historic Langley Speedway was an active race track from the 60s to early 80s and was one of the few sites in BC to host Nascar events. Walking around the track, you can still see some of the damage along the walls that were caused by crashes.
Interesting Angle Ear-Ore, one of the resident horses at Back in the Saddle Again, is named so due to the fact that his right ear is positioned on a 90 degree angle. As a foal, under different ownership, he suffered from frostbite and his ear was bent. After he recovered it never went back to normal.
Often referred to as the ‘Horse Capital of BC’, Langley is home to a great number of equestrian facilities and horseback riding companies that provide all age groups the opportunity to ride horseback and experience the rural countryside that South Langley has to offer. Those operating in the area are Back in the Saddle Again and Langley 204 Riding Stables. Plan on taking a family trail ride around Campbell Valley Regional Park or book lessons to develop your equestrian skills. This 549 hectare nature park in South Langley offers an abundance of natural hiking and cycling trails, a heritage farmstead, picnicking and camping facilities, and an off-leash dog park, as well as a number of rivers and streams to canoe or kayak.
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HISTORY Human occupation of the area that we now call Langley can be traced back to the retreat of the last glaciers some 10,000 years ago. First Nations people, known as the Sto:lo, or “river people” are thought to have been the principal occupants of most of the Fraser Valley throughout the last several millennia. They depended on the river and land for their survival and livelihood. The First Nations people who established their home in the Langley region are served by Kwantlen, a hun’qumi’num word meaning “tireless runner”. The Kwantlen (Qw’?ntl’en) First Nation were recorded in 1827 as the largest group on the lower Fraser, with a traditional territory extending from Mud Bay in Tsawwassen, through the Serpentine and Salmon Rivers and along the Fraser River, east past Mission. The First Nations continue to be an important part of the Langley communities. As with many BC communities, the completion of the CPR Railway in 1886 led to new settlement and the construction of the BC Electric and Great Northern Railways in the early 1900s which further encouraged growth and a prosperous forestry and agriculture base. In order to serve the growing population, service centres such as Langley Prairie (now the City of Langley), Aldergrove, Milner, Murrayville and Fort Langley emerged.
Another significant link to the development of today’s communities was the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in 1961 which greatly influenced the industrial, commercial and residential development throughout Langley. But the steady urban growth also impacted the available farmland and in 1973 the Agricultural Land Reserve was created to help direct urban development and balance the agricultural use. Today, approximately 77% of Langley’s land mass remains green and protected by inclusion in the Land Reserve (ALR) and much of the population is accommodated in the developments of Walnut Grove, Fort Langley, Murrayville, Willoughby, Aldergrove, Brookswood and the City of Langley. Langley is known as a “Community of Communities”.
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walnut grove When you first arrive in the vibrant and growing suburban community of Walnut Grove, you can’t help but notice the spectacular 180 degree northern view of the majestic and breath-taking snow-capped Coastal Mountain range. On a clear evening, the twinkling lights of Vancouver’s North Shore including Grouse and Seymour mountains add to the natural vista.
This community is ideally located in the northwestern area of the Langley Township, bordered by the easily accessible Trans-Canada Highway to the south and the mighty Fraser River to the north. Main arteries 200th Street and 88th Avenue dissect the area and it is adjacent to the commercial and industrial hub of Port Kells, all while connected to the communities of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission by the popular Golden Ears Bridge. You can’t help but feel the energy of this community and be in awe of the mosaic of businesses and services that include one-of-a-kind specialty and gift stores, as well as eateries that cater to both visitors and the more than 24,000 residents who call this area home. Walnut Grove’s famous neighbour is the quaint village of Fort Langley.
Walnut Grove delivers such a diverse mix of cuisine and food and beverage establishments that once you have tasted what this community delivers, it is sure to encourage you to stay a little longer and come back for more. Grab a bite to eat—from fast foods, classic diners and pubs, to family style and fine dining restaurants, to international fare or fresh-from-the-oven bistros and bakeries—you will not be disappointed with the abundant selection of eateries. And don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth here too.
If it is the outdoors you seek, there is a choice of activities waiting for you in any season. Take a stroll and meander along the river at Derby Reach Regional Park. Bring your fishing rod, and make sure you take time here for doggie outings and a family picnic. A golf course (or two) is waiting to be played, immerse yourself in a soothing spa, unwind with a hot yoga session, bike or run on the many scenic natural trails and roadways that are laced throughout the community, or simply relax with the latest flick at the famous landmark, the Colossus Movie Theatre.
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Guests to Walnut Grove will be well taken care of as it is home to the largest concentration of accommodation properties and guest rooms, including international brands such as the Sandman Hotel Group and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Whether you are staying for one night or an extended long-term stay, there is a room within your budget and convenient location to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
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Small business is big business here. Many entrepreneurs have purposely selected Walnut Grove to set up shop and as a result, you will be easily satisfied with your retail therapy sessions. Boutique fashion stores such as Vanilla Clothing present beautiful, unique clothing and handcrafted jewellery finds. Several specialty shops can be found in the local shopping outlets such as Beach Basket Giftware feature home décor, fashion accessories, kitchen items and affordable gift ideas.
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DID YOU KNOW? A Space Odyssey When you first arrive in Walnut Grove, you can’t help but notice the landmark that this community has become known for. No—the aliens haven’t landed! The out of this world spaceship architecture is the Colossus Movie Theatre, one of only seven Famous Players Colossus movie theatres owned by Cineplex in Canada. Boasting 19 screens including an IMAX Theatre and RealD 3D projection, the theatre serves residents and visitors to the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions.
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History of The Keg It was in this community that one of the first Keg and Cleaver restaurants was located. The second restaurant built by the franchise was established at the original site of Thunderbird Show Park, also owned by the founding family of the Keg Restaurant chain. The concept was developed to serve the blue jean revolution of the late 1960s: come as you are anytime and have a great experience. Today, there are over 90 Keg restaurants serving Canada and the US.
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WILLOUGHBY If you have visited the community of Willoughby recently, you can’t help but notice the changes and exciting growth. This northwest area of the Township of Langley is home to the Civic Facility, Willowbrook Recreation Centre, and the spectacular Langley Events Centre sport facility.
This is one of the fastest growing communities within the Metro Vancouver area with many families choosing to call this neighbourhood home. Continued growth predicts there will be over 50,000 residents living here by 2020. Many big box stores and well known eateries are also located within Willoughby to support the many activities and events. Either the Quality Hotel & Suites or Canadas Best Value Inn will make a great place to call your home away from home while visiting Langley. After a restful sleep you are within walking distance of the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, many of the community’s box stores, and a variety of food and beverage options. Langley’s newest hotel, The Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites Langley, is also located in Willoughby near the Trans-Canada Highway and Carvolth Transit Exchange. Located within the heart of this community and easily accessed by vehicle or transit, is the Langley Events Centre—a 250,000 square foot facility that offers indoor and outdoor recreational options. Several local sports teams call the Event Centre home and, depending on the season, spectators flock to this facility to take in a volleyball, basketball, lacrosse or BCHL hockey game. The adjacent Willoughby Community Park is home to a number of soccer, lacrosse and rugby fields, as well as a covered tennis facility and beach volleyball courts. The park also plays host to the annual Langley International Festival which welcomes approximately 15,000 attendees throughout the two-day summer event. The festival represents more than seventy countries and includes performing artists, ethnic cuisine, an international marketplace, live Shakespearian performances, soccer tournament, a dog show and much more. 32
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The Langley Events Centre is also the home of Tourism Langley and the Langley Visitor Information Centre where an experienced Travel Counsellor is always available to assist you in planning your time in Langley. Be sure to drop in for a visit! After your chat with us, you are sure to realize you must add a few extra days onto your stay!
DID YOU KNOW? The Vancouver British Columbia Mormon Temple located in Langley opened in 2010 and was the seventh temple built in Canada and the first built in British Columbia. Prior to the dedication of the Vancouver British Columbia Temple, British Columbian Saints crossed the US – Canada border to attend the Seattle Washington Temple. The beautiful temple grounds are worth a visit, and the gorgeous landscaped walkways are open to the public for daytime or evening strolls.
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248th Trail Whatever the season, one of the most scenic and picturesque passageways within Langley is the 248th Street corridor—also referred to as the 248th Trail.
This north-south connection is a true reflection of everything that is Langley, packaged up and delivered as a feast for the eyes and a gift to the senses. It is an experience that you will want to talk about and then relive after every visit to Langley. Here you will find everything from “u-pick” berry farms such as Krause Berry Farms, where plump and juicy berries flourish to family-run poultry farms, such as JD Turkey Farms, to the honour-system fruit stalls that often line the roadside during the summertime. And along the way, you are reminded why this beautiful area is also home to Thunderbird Show Park with a large concentration of horse owners, breeders and competitors who seek the tranquil lifestyle this area provides. Also on route is Kensington Prairie Farm where you can visit with alpacas and shop from a selection of luxurious alpaca fibre products like sweaters, scarves and blankets. From the first call of spring, where nature and blossoms abound, to the colours of fall, to the magic of the Christmas season, the 248th Trail is a must for locals and visitors alike.
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Prep time: 20 mins â€˘ Cook time: 40 mins Ready in 1 hour â€˘ Serves 18 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
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1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
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Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. I n a large bowl, gently toss together blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and white sugar; set aside. 3. I n a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Cover with berries. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over the berries. 4. B ake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
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Handpicked in the Valley Where adventures take route With Langley as your starting point and at least a few days to spend exploring, there is an abundance of adventures waiting for you in the Fraser Valley. Langley
Langley The communities that are renowned for delivering endless choices. A great starting point for your time in Langley is in historic Fort Langley—also known as the Birthplace of BC. You can learn much about the history of the communities and region at one of the museums or historic sites. A walk down the main street of Fort Langley offers shopping and restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. There is no comparison to what a visit to South Langley offers. The drive will be highlighted by spectacular scenery and completed with a unique experience of tastings at one of the local wineries or specialty items from one of the farm gate locations that offer the best that Langley has to offer. 36
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Abbotsford Welcome to Sport Town Canada! Check out the Calendar of Events to see who is in town and enjoy watching your favourite sport. If you would rather be in the game, your options include skydiving, mountain biking, golfing, or hiking. Introduce your taste buds to some local flavours or visit the farms directly where you can also collect fresh items for a one-of-a-kind picnic lunch. Your visit would not be complete without an experience at one of the many restaurants that have done the local shopping and cooking for you.
Chilliwack You have now arrived at The Great Outside. If some time on the water sounds appealing, here you can speed down waterslides, hop in a canoe for a scenic and relaxing paddle, seek the thrill of a river jet boat or launch your own boat and cast your line in hopes of landing a world-record breaking fishâ€”whether it be the mighty Sturgeon, Salmon, Steelhead or Trout. Back on land, why not take yourself on a self guided tour of the artisans that call Chilliwack home. With over 1,000 artists and craftspeople you will be sure to find the perfect gift or something to call your own.
mile diet In the current North American food system, it’s estimated that, on average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate—in Langley it’s easy to live a 100 mile diet. With over 1,200 farms in the community, there’s an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat, eggs and milk available at farm gate shops, open air markets, and local grocers year round. A great place to get a hold of many of these farm products is the Langley Community Farmers Market which is located at Kwantlen Polytechnic University during the summer months. Reducing our individual carbon and ecological footprints while supporting
local food systems in the Fraser Valley is encouraged by the Circle Farm Tour experience. Langley is home to BC’s first organic chicken farm, Thomas Reid Farms, and as well as over 20 other certified organic farms. The Township of Langley also ranks second in the province in total greenhouse area, which accounts for 23.6% in Metro Vancouver, and 14.4% in BC. Seven wineries and one brewery also call Langley home, which lends to the perception of the Fraser Valley as a growing wine destination. The wealth of seasonal pumpkin and Christmas tree farms in the community helps support Langley’s distinction as a year round agri-tourism destination.
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interesting facts In 1981, Claude Violet, founder of the Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery did extensive research and found that their property lies within a small micro-climate which receives approximately 30% less rain than Vancouver and weather conditions much like those that are valued in northern France.
With a fertile valley for crops and vistas of bucolic beauty, Langley rewards locals and visitors with an abundance of activities that include cultural attractions, festivals, nature trails, wineries and farm tours. When was the last time you milked a cow, picked your own juicy berries, or stomped on grapes? When was the last time you milked a cow, picked your own juicy berries, or stomped on grapes? The Langley Circle Farm Tour is your road map to exploring the lush countryside. Circle Farm Tour is designed as a self-guided tour for you to choose your own agri-adventure. Start with what’s in season, then add something off the beaten path and finish off with a new experience. Your options are open to take an afternoon, or spend a day or two to explore. Established in 2003, Langley joins together with Abbotsford, Agassiz/ Harrison Mills, Chilliwack and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows in welcoming
visitors to explore the agricultural roots of our communities. Your journey through Langley’s diverse Circle Farm Tour will be a feast for your senses. Sample classic grape vintages, award winning fruit wines and artisanal preserves. Fill your picnic basket with fresh fruits, pies, or juicy berries from Driediger Farms Market and add a local cheese and specialty turkey. Stroll through gardens and farm markets, then take in an equestrian event, meet an alpaca, see where the Hudson’s Bay Company first farmed and learn how to milk a cow! And once you’ve tasted and experienced how great it is—learn how to grow your own from one of the many nurseries such as the lower mainland’s largest nursery, Cedar Rim. Explore the endless choices of the Langley Circle Farm Tour! Visit www.circlefarmtour.com for a list of participating farms to plan your journey!
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So much to explore, why not plan to stay overnight and take it all in? The Langley Visitor Centre (7888 200th Street) can help to map out your route, book accommodation or just stop by to pick up your Circle Farm Tour guide. Visit www.tourism-langley.ca for more information, photos and suggested itineraries. a guide to the good life 39
we’ve got game!
Langley’s exceptional sport facilities, diverse accommodations, ideal geographic location and mild West Coast climate are just a few of the reasons why this is a sought after destination for a variety of sporting events. The sport facilities are supported by communities that offer a wide range of services and an outstanding, passionate volunteer base and have given reason why Langley has become highly ranked in sport hosting. The Langley Events Centre, McLeod Athletic Park and Walnut Grove Community Centre are among Langley’s exceptional sport facilities that are able to host a variety of sporting events year round. Experienced events, visitor services and recreation staff ensure each sport event held in Langley is an unparalleled experience for athletes and spectators alike. Langley is home to many local sports associations which support athlete development from the grass-roots of the sport delivery system to national levels and professional ranks. Trinity Western University Spartans call Langley home for CIS competition. Langley Rivermen Junior A hockey franchise, Langley Thunder Junior and Senior A Lacrosse teams, Langley Rams Junior Football and the Langley Baseball Little League are just some of the talented athletic make up of the Langley communities. Langleyites are true fans and show their support for their home teams. The Langley Events Centre is often the pulse of Langley, boasting an arena bowl that holds over 5,000 people for basketball, hockey, lacrosse or volleyball games. It also features multiple gymnasiums and a 20,000 square foot gymnastics training facility. This busy campus is expanding and will be completed this year with the addition of a multipurpose sport area as well as two new gymnasiums with a capacity for 1,000 spectators. Also located within the communities are more than 40 baseball/softball diamonds, a 50m pool with dive tank, eight golf courses, 36 soccer fields 40
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DID YOU KNOW? Brett Lawrie, currently the third baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays, was born and raised in Langley and was drafted out of the Langley Blaze PBL organization.
Langley Will Play Host To: • The 2013 and 2014 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships at McLeod Stadium, where 1,000 Canadian athletes ages 12 – 17 will compete in front of approximately 4,000 friends, families and spectators • The 2013 BC Special Olympics Summer Games • The 2013 Optimist International U/18 Curling Championships • The 2013 NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Continental Challenge
(including six synthetic turf fields), six rinks, a track and field stadium, BMX track, rowing & paddling facility and two equestrian centres. It is easy to see that Langley loves its sports!
THE ROADS Hello Langley! On the good advice of family, I have made Langley home base for the past five years on at least one of the great road trips I take every year in BC. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the thrill of the road. It’s me, my bike, and often the company of good friends that have also discovered what you have to experience in your part of the province. The chance to ride any time of the year on one-of-a-kind routes, wide open road, rolling hills, spectacular scenery— you sure know how to deliver! What makes it the ultimate riding adventure every time is the great location. You’re just outside Vancouver, but have everything I need and more. A great choice of restaurants, accommodation that always exceeds my expectations and the comfort of knowing my bike and I are in excellent hands if I ever need to visit the local motorcycle dealership. Thank you Langley — you make owning the road possible every time. D. Skaug, Calgary AB
my perfect ride AT prospera va lley Granfon do All year I had been training for this 160km GranFondo and today I was confident I was ready. Spare tire tubes—check, bike pump—check, water bottle and gel-packs—check. Anticipation was building as I joined the more than 1200 cyclists. At the sound of the start horn—we were off! I couldn’t help but notice the natural landscapes and beautiful roadways. Tall red cedar trees, emerald green Douglas fir trees, lime green willow trees and the occasional field of grasses or yellow lazy susan sunflowers. What a lush area of the Fraser Valley. This really is the cycling mecca of British Columbia —what a picture to behold! With a perfect route, well stocked aid stations, the best of volunteers offering words of support and reassurance from the easily accessible motorcycle mechanics along the way, I knew I would meet my personal goal and make the finish line. As I rounded Mavis Street in Fort Langley, I could hear the music from the stage and words of encouragement rang out from my friends and family! I didn’t have a lot left in my legs, but I planned to blast through the finish line arch looking strong and get that finisher’s medal. I did it — it was my perfect day!
2013 Prospera Valley GranFondo July 21, 2013 GranFondo 160km MedioFondo 88km PrestoFondo 50km www.valleygranfondo.com a guide to the good life 41
FORE THE LOVE OF THE GAME If you simply cannot live without your clubs and a day on the greens, Langley offers some of the finest of links for the golfer in you. From the novice to the pro, every skill level will find any one of Langley’s golf courses up to par and you will soon realize that the hardest part about playing golf in Langley is deciding which course to play. There are eight spectacular courses to choose from year round, each boasting 360 degree magnificent views that are complemented by beautiful fairways.
Notable golf courses Belmont Golf Course With stunning views of the North Shore and Coast Mountains, Belmont golf course is a hidden gem. This course offers excellent conditions and may be enjoyed by golfers of all levels of ability. Holes: 18 Par: 70 Yardage: 6416
Fort Langley Golf Course Nestled on the banks of the Fraser and Salmon River, Fort Langley Golf course is not to be missed. With tight tree-lined fairways, numerous sand bunkers, ponds and smooth undulating greens, every club in your bag will be tested. Holes: 18 Par: 71 Yardage: 6377
Langley Golf Centre This is a great Par 3 course that appeals to both novice golfers learning their swing and experienced golfers improving their short game. For warm up or
practice, Langley Golf Centre features a two storey driving range. Holes: 18 Par: 52 Yardage: 2347
Newlands Golf and Country Club Newlands Golf & Country Club’s Championship 18 hole course is a golfing jewel to be discovered. This mature course features tree-lined fairways, extensive rock walls and some of the Fraser Valley’s most memorable golf holes. Holes: 18 Par: 72 Yardage: 6103
Pagoda Ridge Golf Course Langley’s newest golf course offers a distinctive golf experience with its scenic location, gently rolling landscapes, stunning views of the Fraser Valley and Golden Ears Mountains, and unique Chinese-themed architecture. Holes: 18 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,965
Poppy Estate Golf Course Poppy Estate was named for the Poppy family that homesteaded the property in 1905. This beautiful course was built in 1987 and is suitable for juniors and seniors alike. Holes: 18 Par: 63 Yardage: 4503
Redwoods Golf Course The Redwoods is a challenging and pleasurable golf experience for all. The course is enveloped amongst tree-lined fairways on a split level property that permits golfers play on two stages. Magnificent views, a 7,000 square foot putting green and covered driving range with 26 stalls are added features. Holes: 18 Par: 71 Yardage: 6516
Tall Timber Golf Course Tall Timber offers exciting golf for any type of handicapper and recent improvements to the course give reason why they have been voted the top golfing value in the Fraser Valley. Holes: 18 Par: 71 Yardage: 5971
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A L D E R G R O V E
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The Royalwood Golf and RV Resort is located just off Hwy 1 in Chilliwack and offers a unique golfing opportunity for you and your family. With a full service restaurant, driving range, putting & chipping greens, and a brand new RV Park that boasts full amenities for the travelling golfer, Royalwood is the perfect choice for a holiday or to host your golf tournament. www.royalwoodgolf.com T 604-823-4653 or TF 866-895-7590 “Stay & Play” Bed and Breakfast www.royalwood-bed-and-breakfast.com Royalwood RV Park Resort www.royalwood-rv-park-resort.com 41050 No. 1 Highway, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J1
3 Langley’s Newest Premiere Banqueting Facility • 18 Hole Par 3 Course • • Located Minutes from Langley City • • Covered & Heated Driving Range • • CPGA Professionals • • New Banquet Rooms • T 604-534-4555 TF 1-866-730-1115 www.langleygolfcentre.com
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AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE AT
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ALDOR ACRES DAIRY CENTRE available daily with reservations
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let nature be your guide
Whether it’s a day that includes watching the sun rise or set as you row on the beautiful and pristine Bedford Channel, exploring the many unique outdoor attractions, horseback riding, walking, cycling or jogging on one of the many tranquil trails or roadways, or simply relaxing in one of the many beautiful and picturesque parks, Langley is the place to be to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. One glance in any direction and you will see why. Set your sights to the north where you can almost touch the snow-capped mountain peaks or prepare to be aweinspired by the lush surroundings that complement the communities. The countryside is always just steps away and the outdoor opportunities are abundant. Nature and all its beauty also provides the perfect backdrop for the artist in you, so make sure you include your camera and canvas during your time outside. Every season has a reason for everyone to come out and play.
Relax on the sandy banks of the Fraser River or cast your rod as this is also home to three of the most
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enjoyable, family-oriented regional parks of the Fraser Valley: Glen Valley, Brae Island and Derby Reach. Enjoy the refreshing man-made waters found at one of the water parks or restore your energy at one of the outdoor heated swimming pools. Both Fort Langley and the City of Langley boast one and they remain among the last of their kind found in BC. For the thrill seeker, test your skills at a skateboard or BMX track. Langley’s outdoor playground is waiting to welcome you.
langley at a glance
Driving distances* Langley to Downtown Vancouver: 45 km (28 miles) Langley to YVR (Vancouver International Airport): 47 km (29 miles) Langley to YXX (Abbotsford International Airport): 27 km (17 miles) Langley to King George Skytrain Station (Surrey): 16 km (10 miles) Langley to Bellingham (via Aldergrove Border Crossing): 45 km (28 miles) Langley to Seattle (via Aldergrove Border Crossing): 186 km (116 miles)
Weather Langley boasts a temperate climate that is enjoyed by visitors and residents year round. Contributing factors are the close proximity to the *
distances listed are approximate
Pacific Ocean, and the protection of the spectacular Coastal Mountain range. Langley has over 1,800 hours of bright sunshine and nearly 200 frost-free days a year. Summer is warm, with daytime temperatures slightly warmer than 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). This weather continues into the month of October, with crisp autumn mornings. Winters are mild and traditionally wet with average temperatures of 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F). Snow is rare, however, does accumulate on the nearby ski hills, allowing for excellent outdoor winter activities. Spring comes early in Langley, with the gardens alive with blooms as early as February. For a detailed weather report visit www.theweathernetwork.ca
Road Travel British Columbia has an excellent highway system with distances and speed limits clearly posted in metric on highway signs. For current road conditions visit www.DriveBC.ca
Langley is the perfect home base in which to explore the surrounding area. The Golden Ears Bridge offers easy access to our neighbours north of the Fraser including Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Mission and Coquitlam. The nearby brand new Port Mann Bridge connects the Fraser Valley to the major hub of Vancouver. Both the Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges are tolled. For more information on rates and how to register your vehicle, visit www.treo.ca Convenient and accessible transportation is available both to and from Langley. Major road and transit systems link to additional providers, including:
Valley Airporter, YXX
BC Ferries operates one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind in the world, serving almost 50 ports of call along the BC coastline. For information on fares, routes and times, or to make reservations, visit the Langley Visitor Centre, or www.bcferries.com. Toll free in North America â€“ 1.800.BC FERRY. Outside North America, call 25.386.3431.
604.857.7171 www.tourismabbotsford.ca/oldsite/ index.php?page_id=427
Airport Link Shuttle, YVR 604.594.3333 www.airportlinkshuttle.com
VIA Rail Canada 1.800.561.8630 www.viarail.ca/en
Greyhound 604.534.4737 www.greyhound.ca
Translink 604.953.3333 www.translink.ca
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 604.532.8969 www.enterpriserentacar.ca
WestJet Operates out of Abbotsford (YXX) 1.888.WESTJET www.westjet.com
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Tourism BC Approved Accommodation
Best Western Country Meadows
3070 264 St, Aldergrove
Best Western Plus Langley Inn
5978 Glover Rd, Langley
Canadas Best Value Inn
6722 Glover Rd, Langley
Cascades Casino & Resort
20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Days Inn & Suites
20250 Logan Ave, Langley
Good Knight Inn
5796 200 St, Langley
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
8750 200 St, Langley
Langley Highway Hotel
20470 88th Ave, Langley
Quality Hotel & Suites
6465 201 St, Langley
Sandman Hotel Langley
8855 202 St, Langley
Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites Langley
8828 201 St, Langley
Super 8 Langley/Aldergrove
26574 Gloucester Way, Langley
Travelodge Langley City
21653 Fraser Hwy, Langley
West Country Hotel
20222 56th Ave, Langley
Westward Inn & Suites
19650 Fraser Hwy, Langley
All In Order Suites
Premier Executive Suites
7600 Glover Rd, Langley
Cranberry Country B&B
8865 Wright St, Fort Langley
Fort Langley Guesthouse B&B
9097 Queen St, Fort Langley
Fort Langley B&B
8911 Glover Rd, Fort Langley
L.A. Acres B&B
25 248th St, Langley
Princess and the Pea B&B
21628 48th Ave, Langley
Travellers Joy B&B
59 Wagonwheel Cres, Langley
Willoughby Manor B&B (By appointment only)
20152 82 Ave, Langley
Wisteria House in the Fort
8813 Hudson Bay St, Fort Langley
Alderbrook RV Park
26331 28 Ave, Langley
Cedar Springs RV
23390 72 Ave, Langley
Furnished Suites Name
Trinity Western University & Conference Centre
Eagle Wind RV
26920 52 Ave, Aldergrove
Edgewater Bar Camping at Derby Reach
10748 Allard Cres, Langley
9451 Glover Rd, Fort Langley
23141 72 Ave, Langley
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Newly Refreshed and Renovated in 2011, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Langley, conveniently located in Walnut Grove (North Langley) by Highway 1, promises to deliver an engaging guest experience comprises of value, quality, and real service. We are the premier choice for your Accommodations and Conference needs in Fraser Valley. •
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Nearby restaurants, shops, attractions, offices
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Langley 8750 204th Street, Langley, BC V1M2Y5 • 604-882-2000 www.hiexpress.com/langleybc • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fort Langley Explore the site where British Columbia began.
Fort-Langley Explorez le lieu où la Colombie-Britannique a commencé.
Visit year round, daily 10 am - 5 pm 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, BC www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777
Ouvert tous les jours de l’année, de 10 h à 17 h 23433, avenue Mavis, Fort-Langley (C.-B.) www.parcscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777