Langley is known as 'The Community of Communities' and is comprised of several very distinct communities: Aldergrove, surrounded by farming country, is also well-known for its historical flair including second-hand shops and the Telephone Museum; Brookswood & South Langley, is a residential area with high end boutiques and eateries; Downtown Langley City is a large shopping area with over 600 shops, services and restaurants; Fort Langley is where the colony of BC was first acclaimed 150 years ago during the search for gold on the Fraser River. It is home to the Fort Langley National Historic Site and many of the local buildings are turn-of-the-century architecture with one-of-a-kind boutiques and eateries; Murrayville is the oldest community in Langley and has many historic landmarks; Walnut Grove & North Langley plus Willoughby & Willowbrook are modern, fast-growing residential communities.
Langley is located in the Fraser Valley, between Abbotsford and Surrey. It is south of the Fraser River, and just north of the United States border. It is approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Vancouver, and can be reached via Highways 1, 1A, 10 and 7. The Golden Ears Bridge - a tolled bridge - connects Highway 7 (Lougheed Hwy) in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge on the north of the river with Langley. The US/Canada border crossing is accessed via Highway 13 in Aldergrove.
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 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.
Open year-round, this museum houses over 25 aircraft, both static and flying. The aircraft range from a T-33 Silverstar, to a Handley-Page Hampden, the only one displayed in the world. Located at the Langley Airport.
Fort Langley National Historic Park is an exact replica of the Hudson Bay Company trading post which was located on the shore of the Fraser River. Interpretive guides and interactive displays make the self-guided tour a fun experience. Whilst there, visit Fort Langley Village and its turn-of-the-century streets, buildings and specialty boutiques and eateries.
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.
If you are a shop-a-holic there are a myriad of shopping opportunities in Langley. Everything from boutiques, high-end fashion, one-of-a-kind and big box retailers provide for your retailing pleasure.
Take a Circle Farm 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 Thunderbird Show Park, a world-class equestrian facility.
The Langley area has lots of trails for every outdoor enthusiast. Some trails to choose from include Brae Island Regional Park, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Derby Reach Regional Park and the Fort to Fort Trail.
Langley Visitor Centre
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