Top 10 Reasons for Visiting Langley
There’s so much to discover when visiting Langley. Where to begin is your hardest decision.
Visit the place where it all began. History comes alive at The Fort Langley National Historic Site where on November 19, 1858 Governor James Douglas read the proclamation declaring British Columbia a colony. Today, the old Hudson’s Bay Company site is marked with original buildings, beautiful reconstructions and interactive displays. Complete your visit exploring the historic Village of Fort Langley where the heart of local heritage is reflected in the quaint architecture of its turn-of-the-century streets lined with unique boutiques and savory eateries.
2. Langley Fresh
The lush agricultural land of this community is home to a multitude of productive working farms that produce and distribute popular farm fresh products. Take a self-guided tour through the picturesque landscapes and discover the many farm-gate shops, open air markets, and beautiful flower gardens that Langley has to offer. Pick juicy berries at one of the berry farms, enjoy French cuisine at the local vineyard or stroll through an orchard, lavender field or pumpkin patch.
3. The Arts are Alive!
Langley is home to a wealth of talented artists that display their craft through many mediums. There are galleries galore showcasing beautiful handmade jewellery, canvases of acrylics, oils and watercolours, pottery, glasswork, carvings and more. Visit the Tribal Spirit Gallery’s first nation’s artwork to the beautiful paintings and drawings of the Birthplace of BC Gallery, Langley has artwork that will appeal to any collector or art enthusiast.
4. Shop ‘Til You Drop
Langley has shopping for every type of shopper. Offering the largest square footage in commercial retail outside of Vancouver, there is a plethora of shops and services to choose from. Looking for hidden treasures? Downtown Langley and the Village of Fort Langley have many inviting and trendy boutiques and specialty shops. There are also the big box or chain stores where you will find everything you are looking for. But if destination shopping is your preference, indoor and quaint village malls can be readily found.
5. Horse Capital of BC
Discover what makes Langley the horse capital of BC. Approximately $50 million annually is contributed to the thriving equine industry. Home to several olympian athletes, Langley continues to attract many international competitors. Spend a day at Thunderbird Show Park, a world class equestrian facility, and take in one of the six major show jumping tournaments. If you'd rather be behind the reigns, enjoy a horseback riding adventure offered at one of Langley's riding stables, ranches or parks.
6. Year-Round Entertainment
Langley is home to Cascades Casino, the most exciting entertainment facility in the Fraser Valley. Play your favourite slot machines, try your luck at blackjack and roulette, or sit in on a game of poker. If you’re looking for excitement of another kind, right next door the valley comes alive at the Summit Theatre, where performers and headliners attract the attention of all ages. For a night at the movies, head to Colossus movie theatre and enjoy a truly entertaining experience.
7. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Observe and learn about endangered species and exotic wildlife at Langley’s two animal attractions. Enjoy a fun filled day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo by catching a ride on the Safari Express Miniature Train. For a fascinating and unique wildlife encounters with some of the world’s rarest animals, take a guided tour of Mountain View Conservation Society.
8. Relax & Rejuvenate
Relax in the lap of luxury in one of Langley’s many spas. Restore your senses and find peace of mind by treating yourself to invigorating massages, facials, body wraps, hand and foot treatments, scrubs, aromatherapy and much more. British Columbia has more spas per capita than anywhere else in Canada and Langley’s pampering in their selection of urban day spas make it the perfect get-away from it all.
9. Spirits of Langley
Sample classic grape and award winning fruit wines, at Langley’s wineries. Find out why Langley has become a wine destination. Tour the vineyards, taste the fruits of labour and learn about the art of wine making. Consider a picnic lunch, or dine in at one of the in-house bistros before buying a bottle to add to your own personal wine cellar. If the refreshing taste of beer is more appealing, hop on over to Dead Frog Brewery. They offer a distinctive lineup of four craft brews that range from dark to light. Their brews have no preservatives and are not pasteurized.
10. Don’t Forget Your Clubs
Langley is the place to stay, and the place to play. The lush agriculture lands of the valley include rolling greens of amazing fairways. Whether you are a novice golfer learning your swing, or an experienced golfer looking for a challenge, Langley’s scenic golf courses have something for everyone. With the picturesque greens, framed with spectacular mountain views, Langley is a destination for great golf and magnificent photos. There are 7 distinct courses to choose from here and the best part is you can golf year round!