Aldergrove is a community within the Township of Langley. The Township occupies 316 square kilometres (122 square miles) and is home to approximately 100,000 residents.
British Columbia joined confederation on July 20, 1871, upon the promise of a railway link with the new Dominion of Canada. On April 26, 1873, the Municipality of Langley was incorporated, one of the first areas in British Columbia to do so.
The Township remained largely rural in nature until the construction of the Fraser Highway in the 1920s and the construction of the Patullo Bridge in 1937 bringing commercial growth to the area. The Trans-Canada Highway was completed through Langley in 1964.
The community of Aldergrove is surrounded by farming country but the town has retained its past of the 1940s and 1950s and is well-known for its second-hand shops and the Telephone Museum.
Aldergrove is situated on a hill with Langley to the west and Vancouver 59 km (37 mi) to the east. The outlying rural area of Aldergrove extends 15 km (9 mi) north to the Fraser River and 5 km (3 mi) south to the United States (Washington) border. Aldergrove can be accessed via Trans-Canada Highway 1.
The Langley Centennial Museum is owned and operated by the Township of Langley and is located in the historic Village of Fort Langley. Its collections and involvement with heritage dates back to the 1920s. The Museum was opened in 1958 by Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dating back to 1917, the Aldergrove Telephone Museum exhibits include switchboards, phones, insulators, equipment, tools and more.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo, home to over 600 animals, is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered species, and creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places. Fun for the whole family, visitors can walk, bike or take the safari train. The zoo is located in Aldergrove just south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Take a Circle Tour and visit a berry farm where you can pick your own fruit, walk through a lavendar field, take in some horse jumping or check out life on a dairy farm. Langley is also fast becoming a wine destination with six wineries in the area offering tastings and tours.
Known as the 'Horse Capital of BC', Langley has plenty of excellent paths for beginner and experienced riders alike. Also, stop in at the Thunderbird Show Park, a world-class equestrian facility.
The Langley area has lots of trails to choose from. In the Aldergrove area is Aldergrove Lake Regional Park with easy access for walking, cycling, in-line skating and horse riding. The surrounding farm fields with Mount Baker towering over them provides some wonderful vistas from the trails.
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