Fort Langley is about a one hour drive from Vancouver, depending on traffic, and is often referred to as the birthplace of British Columbia. This charming town is located on the banks of the Fraser River and was once under consideration to be the province’s capital. This quaint town still retains much of the charm from the early 1900s with many old-timer buildings lining Glover Road and houses that go back a century or more. Tourists come here to stroll this scenic town, visit the museums, and enjoy the fine dining and unique shops. If it wasn’t for the cars buzzing down the main drag, you’d think you’ve stepped back in time to a Victorian era. The shopping and dining district is tucked into an easy four block walk and here are some things to do while in Fort Langley.
The Fort Langley National Site is the biggest tourist draw, recreating life in the 1800s in this former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. Open daily except major holidays. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx
In 2017 admission is free to Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites including Fort Langley. Order your free Discovery Pass here: http://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/parksb2c
Go shopping. Fort Langley has some funky gift shops, a whimsical hat shop, and check out the antique and second hand shops for memories from other eras.
Enjoy fresh air and a little exercise on the Fort to Fort Trail, a scenic 12km (7 mile) trail for walkers and cyclists alongside the Fraser River and Bedford Channel. The trail starts at Derby Reach Regional Park and ends at the National Historic Site in Fort Langley, but there are several places to start and stop along the trail for shorter distances.
Indulge your sweet tooth. Fort Langley is home to three fudge and candy shops – Into Chocolate, Checkers, and Everybody Loves Candy Shoppe. (Edit July, 2017: Checkers and Everybody Loves Candy Shoppe have closed down. Sob! Into Chocolate has relocated to a better location on Glover Road.)
Admire the Fort Langley Community Hall. The big yellow building welcomes all visitors to Fort Langley and has been used as a backdrop in many movies and TV shows filmed around town.
Take a break to enjoy a beverage. Fort Langley has several coffee shops, and even one tea shop, all featuring their own bakeries.
Stay for lunch or dinner. Fort Langley offers countless casual dining choices within a four block radius, everything from pizza and burgers to fish and chips and sushi joints.
Visit during a special event. The farmer’s market is held on Saturdays from May to October. The Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is held on the Saturday of the Canadian Thanksgiving (the 2nd Monday in October). The May Day Parade is held on Victoria Day (last Monday preceding May 25). The Christmas craft fair is usually on the last weekend in November at the big yellow community hall.
Check out movie locations. See if you recognize buildings from the many films and TV shows shot around Fort Langley: Growing the Big One, Trading Christmas, Hitched for the Holidays, the X Files, and the Garage Sale Mystery movies.
Parking is free in Fort Langley. There’s a large public parking lot at the Fort Langley National Site and street parking near all the above attractions.