Langley (British Columbia)
Langley is the name for the Township of Langley and the City of Langley, nestled together in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The distiction is purely political with the two juristictions merging seamlessly together and few locals even understand the exact political boundaries. We cover both Langleys in this article.
The Township of Langley runs from the bank of the Fraser River to the US border in the south. To the west is Surrey, to the east is Abbotsford. It also includes the historical village and National Historic site of Fort Langley on the south bank of the Fraser River. To the north of the river are Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. Langley is considered the "Birthplace of British Columbia" because Fort Langley (founded 1827 about 3 km from the present fort) was the first capital and first significant non-native settlement in the Mainland BC Colony.
- Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent, ☎ . Offers maps and a "Pocket Tourism Guide".
- Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, #1-5761 Glover Road, ☎ . Offers visitor information by phone.
- Highway 1A (the Fraser Highway) and the Langley Bypass (which becomes Highway 10) are convenient driving routes into Langley city. Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) runs through the township to the north of the city.
- Translink has only thin coverage of Langley, but it exists. Bus #502 travels every 15 minutes from Surrey Centre (a transfer point for Skytrain from downtown Vancouver) to Langley Centre, a bus hub in the town. Twice an hour, Bus #502 continues south-eastwards past Langley Municipal Airport and on to Aldergrove. Route and schedule details on the Translink web site.
- The Golden Ears Bridge crosses the Fraser River at nearby Walnut Grove and takes you into Pitt Meadows.
- Harbour Air Seaplanes offers three flights daily to Victoria harbour.
- Langley Municipal Airport (CYNJ), 5385 - 216th St., ☎ , fax: +1 604 534-7330, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A small general-aviation airport with a 2100'x75' runway.
Many parts of Langley consist of property on acreage: you will require a car to get around anywhere but central Langley city, which can be walked or biked.
The public transportation in Langley, British Columbia is provided by Translink, with bus services connecting direct to Surrey, BC, White Rock, Burnaby, and Pitt Meadows. Transfers may be made through King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey for easy transportation to Vancouver. Fares are as shown below. The Township of Langley and the City of Langley are both within one transit zone. To be applicable for Concession, you must present a valid GoCard (provided to students of Secondary Schools in Langley), be a senior, or be a child.
|Weekdays after 1830, holidays, weekends, all zones||$2.75||$1.75|
Useful buses in Langley (Please note that these are not all the buses in Langley, but they should provide useful service.
|Bus Number||Route||Frequency (min)|
|502||Aldergrove/Brookswood - Langley Centre - King George SkyTrain. Useful for accessing the SkyTrain service on the Millennium Line for transportation to Vancouver and YVR.||15-60|
|531||Willowbrook - Brookswood - White Rock. Provides frequent service to South Langley direct to White Rock Only frequent bus for access to Brookswood and South Langley. Great access to beaches in Surrey.||30|
|C63/C60||Langley Centre - Langley Hospital - Brookswood/Fernridge - Langley Centre. A nice circle route through Langley and the most Southerly bus in Langley, within walking distance of 16th Avenue.||60|
|C62||Langley Centre - Fort Langley - Walnut Grove. Travel the route to the historic Fort Langley via Walnut Grove.||60|
It is suggested that you do not rely on TransLink for transportation. Taxi service is available from the Langley Bus Loop. Most taxis in Langley are licensed to provide transportation to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond.
Access to Vancouver International airport is possible by taking the SkyTrain to Waterfront Station and transferring to the Canada line, please note that there is a $5.00 airport access fee if you take train from (not to) YVR.
- Canadian Museum of Flight, Hangar # 3 - 5333 216th Street, ☎ , fax: +1 604 532-0035, e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-4PM daily. This tiny museum preserves a surprisingly large collection of aircraft significant to Canadian aviation in a corner of Langley airport. $5 + tax, $4 (students/seniors).
- Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, ☎ , fax: +1 604 513-4798, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-8PM summer, 10AM-5PM winter. The Hudson's Bay Company established their trade operation here on the Fraser River as a transshipment location for European made goods (blankets, metalware, rope, clothing, etc.) destined for interior posts and natural resources (furs, salmon, cranberries, butter, salt meat) to external markets. On November 19, 1858, in the Big House of the fort, Governor James Douglas, with Judge Matthew Bailie Begbie and other dignitaries of the British crown, read the proclamation from Queen Victoria that established the Colony of British Columbia. Today, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada helps to tell the story of local fur trade and agricultural pursuits, as well as the colonization story and the ongoing history of the area. In the one original and half-dozen reproduction buildings, there are films, exhibits, and some hands-on demonstrations of blacksmithing and gold-panning. During the summer, there are daily campfires at 7pm with marshmallows and stories. You can take day-long blacksmithing or canoeing adventures. Special events include Canada Day, horse- and ox- and wagons rides, and a historic reenactment dinner. $7.15 (youth $3.45, senior $5.90, group and season discounts available).
- Greater Vancouver Zoo, 5048-264th Street (Highway 1 to Exit 73, then south), ☎ . 9AM-7PM daily (May-Sept), 9AM-4PM daily (Oct-Apr). $16.25/$20.25/$22.25 (children and seniors/student/adult).
- Mountain View Conservation Centre, 23898 Rawlison Cres, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 55 species of rare and endangered wildlife. Advanced reservation required.
- Krause Berry Farms, 6179-248 Street, ☎ . Jun-Aug M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su & Hol 9AM-6PM; Sep-Oct W-Su 9AM-5PM; Nov-Dec Th-Su 10AM-6PM.
- Fantasy Balloon Charters (at Langley Airport), ☎ . Hot-air balloon flights.
- Sundance Balloons, ☎ . Hot-air balloon flights.
- Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery tours, 1064 - 216 Street (on 216th Street between 16 Ave to the north and 8 Ave to the south), toll-free: , fax: +1 604 533-9687, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours daily, Feb-Nov at 14h, 16h; Dec-Jan at 15h (weather permitting). Home of the Chaberton and Canoe Cove labels, this 55-acre winery was founded in 1975 by Claude and Inge Violet of France. Conventional wisdom in the Okanagan Valley vineyards was that they were "mad" to found the first winery in the rainy Fraser Valley, but they had found a favourable microclimate. See also the Bacchus Bistro and the wine shop at the winery. Picnic tables and ample parking, fairly large tasting room and gift shop. Tasting and tours free.
- The Fort Wine Company, 26151 84th, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 604-857-1139, e-mail: email@example.com. summer: 10-19h daily; closed Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year's Day. A premium fruit winery making table and dessert wines. Free wine tasting, and winery tours (Sunday 13h and 15h only). See Eat for their Outpost Eatery.
- Glenugie Winery tasting, 3033 232nd St. (on 232nd St. just south of 29B Ave), ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 604-539-9464, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed-Sun 11h-18h, closed Mon-Tue. Vineyard and winery at this site. Tours at 13h, 15h daily (May-Aug). Also offer wine tasting (four samples/person) and sales. Tasting $2/person (waived with purchase), tours free.
- Township 7 Vineyards & Winery tasting, 21152 16th Ave (at the corner of 16th Avenue and 212th Street), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 11:00h - 18h daily. Since 2001. Wine tasting and sales at the winery. They also have a branch in Penticton. Picnic tables, and interesting information panels by the vineyard. Tasting limited to five samples of winery's choice. Free.
- Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery, 25180 8th Avenue, ☎ , fax: +1 604-856-5784, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Makes small quantities of high-quality wines from grapes grown on their 12 acres here and in the Okanagan. They are currently constructing a Tuscan style winery complete with the Fraser Valley's only wine cave. Tastings by appointment.
- Sweetgrass Naturals, 23343 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, BB (Across from Lees Market), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 10:00am until 5:30pm.
- Langley Canada Day Celebrations, MacLeod Athletic Park, corner of 56th Avenue and 216 Street (across the street from Langley airport), ☎ , fax: +1 604-539-9591. 11:00-23:00h, June 30-July 1 only. This two-day celebration of Canada is held on or near Canada Day, July 1st, each year. It is one of the largest in the province. It is a family-oriented event with stage shows, music, games, static aircraft displays, and more. Free entrance and parking, some activities have a charge.
Langley offers a wide variety of stores offering equestrian supplies. Being "the horse capital of BC", there exist many places to buy whips, saddles, feed, and other horse (and general livestock) provisions.
- Bacchus Bistro, 1064 - 216 Street (Located at Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery, on 216th Street between 16 Ave to the north and 8 Ave to the south), ☎ , fax: +1 604 533-9687, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed, Thu, Sun: 11:30h - 15h; Fri, Sat 11:30h - 15h and 17:30h - 21:30h; Mon, Tue: closed. Authentic French cuisine with fresh ingredients from the Fraser Valley, overlooking the Domaine de Chaberton vineyard. Lunch five days/week, dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended. Also hosts parties and receptions. Lunch about $30, dinner about $50.
- Adrian's at the Airport, 5385 216th St. (Between Fraser Hwy and 56th Ave.), ☎ , fax: +1 604-530-3383. 11am to 9pm Sun-Fri, 11am to 10pm Fri & Sat. A Greek restaurant located right on Langley airport, sandwiched between the control tower and a flight school, with a patio dining overlooking the flight line. A respectable menu, with a few vegetarian choices. lunch $9-15/person plus tax, tip.
- Mr. Mike's Steakhouse & Grill, 300-20020 Willowbrook Drive, Langley, BC, ☎ . 11am -11pm. The revised version of the historic Mr. Mike's West Coast Grill. Now a full-service casual restaurant. The MikeBurgers are exactly as you remember them, however the salad bar is no longer. Try the Shrimp Stuffed Shrooms and see if you can finish the Avalanche MikeBurger: two patties, Mikesauce, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, onion, and tomato on a toasted french loaf bun. Seating is all first-come, first-served- no reservations.
- Outpost Eatery, 26151 84th Avenue, toll-free: , fax: +1 604-857-1139, e-mail: email@example.com. Soups, salads, cheese platters, side dishes. Part of the Fort Wine Company. Reservations accepted. $5-10.
- Seh-Mi Japanese Restaurant, Unit 115 - 20151 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC, V3A 4E4 (across the parking lot from the PriceSmart Foods), ☎ . Excellent Japanese restaurant run by a family of Koreans. Some very innovative sushi here. Try the crispy salmon roll. Saturday nights are very busy, with 10-15 min line-ups. Takeout available. less than $10.00.
- Gabby's Country Cabaret.
- Travelodge Langley, 20470 88th Ave, ☎ , toll-free: .
- Best Value Inn, 19650 Fraser Highway (on Fraser Highway at Highway 10).
- Vancouver is 45 minutes drive to the northwest, and offers rich attractions
- the regions around Vancouver, such as Vancouver eastern suburbs, Vancouver southern suburbs and the North Shore, have a lot to offer.
- Abbotsford Airport (YXX) offers scheduled airline service, mostly to Canada. Vancouver Airport (YVR) offers airline services to everywhere.
|Routes through Langley|
|Vancouver ← Surrey ←||W E||→ Abbotsford → Kamloops|
|END ←||N S||→ → becomes → Lynden → Bellingham|