Fort Langley National Historic Site Photo: Kim Walker

Fort Langley

Located in the Township of Langley, Fort Langley is about a 45 min drive from Vancouver and the historic village has many shops and museums detailing the rich history of the region.  The Fort Langley region gets its name from the fort that stands there, surrounded by palisade walls. Inside those walls, timber buildings recreate the 1800s style. This region has deep roots in Canada’s history and was one of the first trading posts of the Hudson’s Bay company.

Location

Fort Langley is a community within the township of Langley. 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 connects Highway 7 (Lougheed Hwy) in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge on the north of the river with Langley. Use Highway 13 in Aldergrove to access it from the US/Canadian border crossing.

A Step Back in Time

Fort Langley was built in 1827 under the direction of James McMillan, Chief Trader of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was situated about 50 km (31 mi) from the mouth of the Fraser River. The prime objectives of the Fort were to establish a fur trading post and to initiate agricultural activities, which would secure a steady supply of food for the occupants of the various fur trading posts west of the Rockies.

Fort Langley achieved global attention in 1858, following the discovery of gold along the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. It became a large supply centre, outfitting thousands of gold miners passing through the area. That same year, Fort Langley was proclaimed “the birthplace of BC”.

In 1923 the Canadian government recognised Fort Langley as a site of national historic importance, erecting a commemorative plaque near the storehouse. The restoration of the fort continued as the centennial celebration of the founding of British Columbia approached in 1958. Since then, Parks Canada, who administers the site, has added further elements to enhance understanding of the site’s history and significance.

Wood Carving at Historic Fort Langley.

Contact Information

Langley Visitor Center

Fort Langley & Nearby Accommodations

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Fort Camping

Fort Camping

Fort Langley

Located in the beautiful Brae Island Regional Park, Fort Camping caters to the needs of all family members and includes the choice of RV, tent, group site, and tent-cabins. Offering 156 camp sites, we provide services to make your camping experience enjoyable. Our amenities include, laundry and bath ... Read more
Eagle Wind RV Park

Eagle Wind RV Park

Aldergrove

Local to Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver events. Easy access to Hwy 1, and just minutes from Aldergrove border crossing. Near Vancouver Zoo, Fort Langley, Abbotsford Airport, drive-in movies, casinos and local vineyard/farm tours. Come "Explore BC from Eagle Wind RV". Free local phone calls and Wi ... Read more
Aloha Trailer Park & Campground

Aloha Trailer Park & Campground

Abbotsford

Full or partial RV hookups, tenting, coin showers, laundry, sani-station, store & bus stop. No fires permitted. Minutes from attractions & shopping centre. Off-season rates. Reservations not accepted, first come, first serve basis. Cash only. Charge for dump station. ... Read more
Diamond Head Motor Inn

Diamond Head Motor Inn

Mission

Diamond Head Motor Inn is the perfect accommodation to enjoy all the benefits of being nestled amongst the beautiful scenery. We are located in the heart of downtown Mission, near the Mission raceway and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Our hotel offers spacious rooms that feature full ... Read more
Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Chilliwack

Situated at a great location, two minutes from downtown Chilliwack, surrounded by beautiful trees, birds and fish in a creek. Located next to Chilliwack Heritage Park and Cheam Golf Course. Open all year round. ... Read more
The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake

Nestled amongst the towering trees with incredible mountain views, The Cabins at Cultus Lake Park is a piece of paradise that awaits you. Surrounded by sandy beaches, waterslides, golf courses, mini-golf and more, we are the perfect destination for a fun family vacation. In the heart of the communit ... Read more
Sunnyside Campground

Sunnyside Campground

Cultus Lake

Lakefront family camping with full hookup, tenting, group, and seasonal sites. Facilities include washrooms with free hot showers, onsite store and laundry; sani-station; four playgrounds; onsite security; boat launch; buoy rental; sandy beaches; swimming; and fishing. Located near golf course, wate ... Read more
Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Hot Springs

Beautiful, peaceful, gated campground. Just passed the welcome sign on left, 300 metres. Full serviced 30-50 amp. Cable TV, private treed sites accommodating any size unit. Some camp sites are in wilderness, light forest setting. Clean family oriented. Modern facilities with exceptionally clean wash ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
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