City of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Originally incorporated in 1873 and referred to as the “Birthplace of BC”, the municipality situated north of the USA and South of the Fraser River, Langley continues to be rich in heritage with a vision of a vibrant future.
What started over disagreements regarding the annual surplus spending on streetlights and sidewalks, resulted in a proclamation of a new separate municipality on March 15, 1955.
The City of Langley
Surrounded by over 346 acres of parkland, the City of Langley is the downtown hub is an active retail pulse in the Lower Mainland. With a population of 26,000 the City of Langley offers great shopping and dining, recreational and entertainment facilities.
Offering a pedestrian friendly downtown core with independent shops, eateries, and community attractions. The City of Langley is home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, The Cascades Casino and Convention centre, and the annual community Farmers Market.
Almost entirely accessible by transit, this tight-knit community is always open to welcoming its visitors to many street fairs and festivals, especially its ever popular Langley Good Times Cruise-In. The “Cruise-In” has become one of the largest mixed car shows in Canada and one of the Top 10 in North America drawing cars and spectators from across Canada and the United States.
The Township of Langley
Referred to as the “Community of Communities”, the Township of Langley is made up of six distinctive urban communities. With an ever growing population of 120,000, the Township is quickly becoming the place to live and work in the Lower Mainland.
The Fort Langley community is home to the Kwantlen First Nations band which diversifies their teaching and business skills sharing their heritage and awareness to the Kwantlen people. The Kwantlen band first came to Fort Langley in the 19th century to control and maintain a trading advantage with the Hudson Bay Company who landed there. Kwantlen First Nations continues to be an important part of the community.
The Langley Events Centre is home to the Vancouver Giants WHL team, Vancouver Stealth LAX team, Basketball BC and a competition sports venue which has previously hosted the 2010 BC Summer Games. Many events and concerts use this venue to showcase various talents year-round. Some other popular community events include the Langley Walk, the International Festival, the Cranberry Festival and Christmas in Williams Park.
With 75 percent of its area located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), the Township is home to half of the farms in Metro Vancouver. From berries to animals to trees, farming continues to be an important part and a way of life for many residents. Commonly known as the “Horse Capital of BC”, the Township of Langley boasts many kilometers of riding trails in two Regional parks and is home to one of North America’s premier equestrian show facilities.
Dramatic population growth can be related to the vibrant development of affordable mixed-housing options. The Township has seen an increase of new residents relocating from other areas of the Lower Mainland bringing with it a stronger labour force while creating many new job opportunities.
The beautiful scenery isn’t only known to its residents but to many film and TV producers as well. From popular TV series such as Bate’s Motel, Artic Air, and The Haunting Hour to feature films such as The Twilight Saga, Marley & Me, Air Bud, and Riverdale, many productions have used this community as its backdrop.
The Township of Langley is directly accessible by Trans-Canada Highway 1 which has brought with it many tourism and industrial opportunities over the years. A small regional airport offers direct flights to Victoria on Vancouver Island by float plane. A toll bridge over the Fraser River allows commuters to travel over the Fraser River to Maple Ridge with ease. And the Aldergrove-Lynden Border crossing connects the USA State of Washington to British Columbia. The ease of transportation throughout the Township and the urban setting amongst the vast farmland makes the Township of Langley a perfect place to work, reside or just visit.