Langley (British Columbia)Township of Langley and the City of Langley are nestled together in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The distinction is purely political as the two jurisdictions are seamless and few locals even understand the 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 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.
phone: +1 604-514-2800address: 20399 Douglas CrescentOffers maps and a "Pocket Tourism Guide".
phone: +1 604-530-6656address: #1-5761 Glover RoadOffers 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. Frequent bus service operates from Surrey Centre (a transfer point for Skytrain from downtown Vancouver) to Langley Centre, a bus hub in the town. There is also bus service from Langley Centre to both Aldergrove and Pitt Meadows. A limited stop high bus service operates from North Langley to Production Way Skytrain Station in Burnaby.
- BC Transit offers one bus route from Aldergrove to Abbotsford and another bus route from North Langley to Abbotsford and Chilliwack
- 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.
phone: +1 604-534-7330address: 5385 - 216th St.A small general-aviation airport with a 2100' x 75' 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.
By public transitPublic transportation in Langley is provided by Translink, with buses connecting direct to Surrey, 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 a Concession fare, you must present a valid GoCard (provided to students of Secondary Schools in Langley), be a senior, or be a child.
|All buses and Skytrain on weekdays after 6:30pm, holidays, weekends|
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 airport access fee if you take train from (not to) YVR.
phone: +1 604-532-0035address: Hangar # 3 - 5333 216th StThis tiny museum preserves a surprisingly large collection of aircraft significant to Canadian aviation in a corner of Langley airport. The hangar has some smaller planes and displays on the two World Wars and Women in Aviation. Some larger planes are on display outside.
phone: +1 604-513-4777address: 23433 Mavis AveThe 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.
phone: +1 604-856-6825address: 5048-264th StMid-sized zoo with a range of animals, including lions, tiger, giraffe, zebras, hippo and monkeys. The train ride around the zoo is popular, as are the hippo and giraffe feedings. The distances can be large, so bikes are available for rent or you can bring your own.
phone: +1 604 856-5757address: 6179-248 Street
phone: +1 604 530-1974Hot-air balloon flights.
phone: +1 604 533-7552Hot-air balloon flights.
address: 7888 200th StVancouver's junior hockey team. Not quite as skilled as the pros at Rogers Arena, but a cheaper and sometimes more entertaining option if you want to catch a hockey game while in town. Games are usually 2-3 teams a week from Oct through April. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the box office.
address: 1064 - 216 StreetHome 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.
address: 26151 84thA premium fruit winery making table and dessert wines. Free wine tasting, and winery tours (Sunday 1PM and 3PM only). See Eat for their Outpost Eatery.
phone: +1 604 539-9463address: 3033 232nd St.Vineyard and winery at this site. Tours at 1PM, 3PM daily (May-Aug). Also offer wine tasting (four samples/person) and sales.
phone: +1 604-532-1766address: 21152 16th AveSince 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.
phone: +1 604-856-5787address: 25180 8th AvenueMakes small quantities of high-quality wines from grapes grown on their 12 acres here and in the Okanagan. They are building a Tuscan-style winery complete with the Fraser Valley's only wine cave. Tastings by appointment.
address: 23343 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, BB
phone: +1 604 522-6232address: MacLeod Athletic Park, corner of 56th Avenue and 216 StreetThis 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.
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.
phone: +1 604 530-9694address: 1064 - 216 StreetAuthentic 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.
Mr. Mike's Steakhouse & Grilladdress: 300-20020 Willowbrook Drive, Langley, BCThe 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.
address: 26151 84th AvenueSoups, salads, cheese platters, side dishes. Part of the Fort Wine Company. Reservations accepted.
address: Unit 115 - 20151 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC, V3A 4E4Excellent 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.
phone: +1 604 371-2411address: 20177 88 Ave #1This is one of the best sushi restaurants in town. The restaurant is located in the Walnut Grove area and takes reservations and take out. The food is always fresh and the atmosphere is suitable for family outings.
Gabby's Country Cabaret
address: 19650 Fraser Highway