Campbell Valley Park, Langley Photo: Diane Johansen
Langley is located in Fraser Country in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region of British Columbia and is comprised of several distinct communities: Aldergrove, surrounded by farming country and well-known for its historical flair including second-hand shops and the Telephone Museum; Brookswood, a residential area with high end shops and eateries; The Downtown which has a large shopping area with over 600 shops, services and restaurants; Murrayville, the oldest community which has many historic landmarks; Walnut Grove, Willoughby, and Willowbrook which are modern, fast-growing residential communities.
This region is home to the Fort Langley National Historic Site where visitors can experience what life was like back in the 1800s and where many of the local buildings have turn-of-the-century architecture with one-of-a-kind boutiques and eateries. The entire region has deep roots in the history of British Columbia’s integration in Canada.
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) east of Vancouver, and can be reached via Highways 1, 1A, 10 and 7. The Golden Ears Bridge connects it via Highway 7 (Lougheed Hwy) to Coquitlam and Maple Ridge on the north of the river. You can access the US/Canada border via Highway 13 in Aldergrove.
“Innes Corners” was the name of the earliest European settlement in the area, named after the homesteader Adam Innes. In 1911, the area became known as “Langley Prairie”. The area was mainly known as a cluster of farming communities, as it was still under-developed at that time. Soon, owing to its more urban development and related needs, the City decided to separate and incorporate as a separate municipality on March 15, 1955.
Fort Langley is where the colony of BC was first acclaimed 150 years ago during the search for gold on the Fraser River.