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Fort Langley Guide

If you're a big fan of historic places, chances are you've heard about Fort Langley. Yeah, we've been there, and the 2-hour drive each is worth it!

Aside from picturesque roads that look like vintage movie sets, we couldn't help but feel transported back in time as we wandered the streets.

If you're planning to go to this historic town, we highly recommend you keep reading, as we've jotted down a bunch of useful things during our journey to Fort Langley.

What is Fort Langley Known For?

Fort Langley is known for being a national historic site in Canada that has a wide variety of vintage stores, museums, restaurants, breweries, parks, trails, and a distinctive yellow community hall.

The town was founded in 1827 by the Hudson's Bay Company to drive away the fur traders from Boston who were dominating the Maritime trade.

They moved into the town in 1839, and they started exporting salmon and sending it to other forts owned by the company and even as far as the Sandwich Islands, which we now know as Hawaii.

In 1848, the Hudson's Bay Company also started to transport goods to Fort Langley and then transfer them to their forts in British Columbia (BC) for further distribution.

Lastly, in 1858, an important event took place at Fort Langley. BC was officially established, and the proclamation took place in no other place than Fort Langley, which added to the historical significance of the site.

Over time, the town's focus shifted to agricultural trade and fish packing, and it has undergone numerous expansions and developments that have led to the Fort Langley that we see today.

What is Fort Langley Known For
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Fort Langley 1
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Fort Langley 2
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Time Zone

Pacific Standard Time (PST) (UTC-8)

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Fort Langley is during the summer months of June to September, as the temperatures range from 32 to 90°F. This weather is ideal for sightseeing around Fort Langley without having to worry about rain.

Alternatively, October to November is also a good time to visit, as the weather is a little humid but cool, with temperatures ranging from 43 to 57 °F.

Things to Know

Currency: Canadian Dollar

Language: English

Calling Code: +1

How to Get to Fort Langley from Vancouver

By train: Take the Skytrain to Surrey Central station. From there, transfer to the Fraser Valley Express bus, which will take you directly to Fort Langley.

By car: Take Exit 66 off Highway 1. Then take 23rd Street North until you reach Glover Road. Take a right and travel through Fort Langley on Glover Road.

By bus: Take the 562 bus to the nearest stop on 96th Avenue at Glover Road. From there, walk south on Glover Road for about 10 minutes until you reach Fort Langley.

By taxi: There are numerous cab companies that can take you from Vancouver to Fort Langley, such as Yellow Cab Vancouver and Black Top & Checker Cabs, that charge around $120 one-way plus a 15% tip.

Where to Stay in Fort Langley

Travelodge by Wyndham

Travelodge by Wyndham
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Address: 21653 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC V3A 4H1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-533-4431

Pricing: $

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If you’re looking to score an affordable hotel near the airport and downtown, Travelodge by Wyndham Langley may just be the perfect match. It’s a 13-minute drive from Fort Langley and has fairly reasonable rates for its rooms.

Inside, you’ll find traditionally decorated and air-conditioned rooms, a daily continental breakfast, laundry facilities, and basically everything you’ll need—nothing too fancy but comfortable and convenient.

Fort Langley Bed and Breakfast

Address: 8911 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC VIM 2R9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-888-5350

Pricing: $$

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Offering a homey atmosphere, the Fort Langley Bed and Breakfast is the place to be for a classic Western Canadian experience. Rooms here embody the town’s rich history and charm, with rustic decor and antique furnishings.

Make sure to say hi to Mike and Marilyn, the B&Bs friendly innkeepers, who can recommend the best shops and eateries in the area. Our advice? Drop by Wendel’s bookstore for a cup of coffee and desserts. Although we have to say, the owner of this B&B makes a mean french loaf.

Mt. Bakerview Bed and Breakfast

Address: 7463 216 St. Langley, BC, V2Y 2S4

Phone: +1 604-882-5461

Pricing: $

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Nestled in beautiful gardens, this property is just moments away from everything you might want and need, with an unobstructed view of Mt. Baker. You’ll immediately fall asleep to the sound of crickets and the gentle rustling of leaves.

The rooms here are spacious with wide-open windows where birds chirp in the morning. Fresh towels, cozy bathrobes, and lots of complimentary bathroom essentials are provided in case you forget your own.

Princess & The Pea Hotel

Address: 21628 48 Ave, Langley Twp, BC V3A 3M8, Canada

Phone: +1 604-833-9605

Pricing: $$

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The Princess & The Pea Hotel seems like a place you visit in your dreams — a fairytale comes to life. Rooms here are adorably named after Disney Princesses and decorated with whimsical touches that embody their individual stories.

Inside, you’ll find a big dining table where guests can enjoy delicious meals together and comfy sofas. Step outside and hang out by the outdoor patio, overlooking a beautiful garden filled with colorful flowers and lush greenery.

Best Western Plus Pitt Meadows Inn & Suites

Address: 19267 Lougheed Hwy., Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-460-9859

Pricing: $$

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The Best Western Plus Pitt Meadows Inn & Suites is quite a mouthful, eh? Along with its name, the hotel offers a range of amenities, such as continental breakfast, outdoor heated pool, a fitness center, and it’s only a 17-minute drive to Fort Langley.

It’s also close to many amenities, including restaurants, a cinema, recreational activities, and a nice local craft beer pub. There’s also a liquor store next door if you want to pop in for a couple of beers.

Where to Eat in Fort Langley

Little Donkey Food & Drink

Address: 9220 Glover Rd #125, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2S1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-371-4775

Pricing: $

Website

Little Donkey Food & Drink is the go-to spot for deliciously fresh burritos. Aside from the taste, you’ll surely appreciate the portion size, as it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy afterward. 

Not too much sauce, but enough to make it a little moist, with a fair ratio of meat, veggies, and rice.

The pulled pork one is good, plus there’s plenty of hot sauce on the tables for that extra kick. Choose from green or red pepper sauce to customize your burrito’s heat level.

Trading Post Eatery

Address: 9143 Glover Rd, Fort Langley, BC V1M 2S5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-343-2337 ext. 2

Pricing: $$

Website

The Trading Post Eatery is a nice beer and burger spot to visit on a sunny day. Try to get a seat on the open backyard patio; it’s dog-friendly, but it gets a bit noisy as it’s beside the road.

Our recommendation? Get the butternut squash soup as your appetizer, and work your way up to their chicken and waffles. The spicy one is our go-to, but the classic one and the fort sandwich all pair well with their beer on tap.

Valley Commons

Address: 9124 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2S3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-371-4567

Pricing: $$

Website

A great spot to enjoy brunch and lovely wines, the Valley Commons is a recent addition to the Fort Langley strip. If you’re the kind of vacationer who likes mimosas with their breakfast, this is your spot.

There’s indoor and outdoor seating (pet-friendly), creatively painted walls, hanging plants, and you know those traditional plating during feasts from the old country? That’s exactly what you’ll find here.

Beatniks Bistro

Address: 9194 Glover Rd, Fort Langley, BC V1M 2S4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-888-4487

Pricing: $$

Website

Originally built in 1933, this restaurant is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fort Langley. There’s almost always a line here at Beatniks Bistro, but the waiting time is never that long.

Orders come out quick, and there’s occasionally live music at a level where you can still have a conversation. Get the classic breakfast, salads, burgers, or beef tenderloin; you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

Republica Coffee Roasters

Address: 9203 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2S4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-628-0485

Pricing: $$

Website

Tucked away in downtown historic Fort Langley, Republica Coffee Roasters has tons of in-house, freshly roasted coffee in a wide variety. This little shop has coffee bags lined up on the walls, rustic decor, and shelves of coffee paraphernalia.

There’s no inside seating here, but there’s a cute patio seating area in the alley where you can enjoy a cup of joe. Ask the barista for a recommendation or take our advice and get the Aztec Mocha.

Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe

Address: 9233 Glover Rd #103, Fort Langley, BC V1M 2S5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-513-2238

Pricing: $

Website

Looking for a quaint bookstore cafe? Wendel’s is a staple here in Fort Langley. It’s a well-stocked bookstore with superb coffee, delicious breakfast and lunch options, and a good choice of desserts.

The cafe is adjacent to the railway track, and you’ll almost always snag street parking. It’s a convenient stop if you’ve just done the Fort Langley trial. Take a walk by the nearby Fraser River to burn out some calories.

Rail & River Bistro

Address:9273 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2R6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-888-3342

Pricing: $$

Website

Sit on the outside covered patio, rest while you appreciate the beauty of the Fraser River, and don’t miss out on Rail & River Bistro’s Mediterranean delights: from poke bowls, seafood pasta, steak frites, and braised short ribs.

They also have awesome burgers here, served with fries or salad, that pair well with a glass of pinot noir or an ice-cold beer.

What to Do in Fort Langley

Admire the Fort Langley Community Hall

Address: 9167 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2R9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-897-5155

Website

Often used for film shoots and TV shows, this classic building is one of the most famous landmarks in Fort Langley, with a gorgeous park-like frontage and classic revival architecture.

Movies and series such as Once Upon a Time, A Very Merry Bridesmaid, A Kindhearted Christmas, and many more were filmed here, and is now being used for weddings, movies, and community events.

Tour the Historic Fort Langley Fort

Address: 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2R5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-513-4777

Website

The Fort Langley National Historic Site is the best place to learn about the rich history of the town. Here you’ll find buildings made of rough-hewn timber that tell the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post.

We’re in no way historians but this is a really nice spot to learn about the history and culture of the indigenous community. There’s also lots to see here such as antique shops, vintage vehicles, and the old rail station

Drop by the CN Railway Museum

Drop by the CN Railway Museum
(Image by Langley Heritage Society via https://www.langleyheritage.ca/cn-station/)

Address: 23245 Mavis Ave, Langley Twp, BC V1M, Canada

Phone: +1 604-513-8787

Website

Learn all about the history of the rail station in Fort Langley at the CN Railway Museum. Pictures and models of the trains that have been running in Fort Langley for over 100 years are showcased here.

There’s also a miniature railway with an astoundingly detailed village, railroad tracks with a couple of hand cars, and benches with plenty of shade. It’s a must-visit if you’re passing through the area.

Stroll Along the Fort to Fort Trail

Stroll Along the Fort to Fort Trail
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Address: Fort-to-Fort Trail, Langley Twp, BC, Canada

Phone: +1 604-513-4777

Website

Take the best walks here on the Fort to Fort Trail on sunny mornings. It’s got wide trails for the first half and a hard gravel surface, with great views of the river and distant mountains.

It winds through the Fraser River; there’s informative historical signage along the way; and it’s connected to the Fort Langley National Historic Site and Derby Reach Regional Park.

Have a Picnic at the Derby Reach Regional Park

Have a Picnic at the Derby Reach Regional Park

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Address: 21801 Allard Crescent, Langley Twp, BC, Canada

Phone: +1 604-530-4983

Website

Home of the OG Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Langley site, Derby Reach Regional Park is a great place to have a picnic by the Fraser River. There are plenty of benches by the riverfront, lots of shade, firepits, and everything else you could need for a picnic.

Sit here listening to wildlife such as ducks and geese, watching the river flow, and maybe even going fishing.

Drop by the Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch

Address: 8796 240 St, Langley Twp, BC V1M 3R2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-888-2403

Website

If you love animals, there’s a big chance you’ll enjoy a visit to this farm. There are lots of opportunities to pet and feed farm animals here and learn about their care and habitats.

Brian and Erin, the owners of the farm, will even show you the milking process of their cows, which you can drink! You can also visit the barn, where you’ll find other farm friends such as goats, lambs, rabbits, chickens, and baby calves.

Check Out the Town’s Restored Buildings

Check Out the Town’s Restored Buildings
(Image by Langley Heritage Society via https://www.langleyheritage.ca/cn-station/)

Address: Fort Langley, BC V1M 2S3

Phone: +1 604-513-8787

Website

There are plenty of restored buildings here at Fort Langley. First up you got the Dixon House and Barn that once belonged to the Hudson’s Bay Company, built in 1916.

The Sperling Church in Northeast Langley, built in 1912, served for 50 years before the remaining members joined St. Andrew’s Church in Fort Langley.

The historical houses of Harrower, Lamb/Stirling, Lattimer, Michaud, Moir, and Wark Dumais, where prominent families lived, are also worth exploring. These houses provide a glimpse into their lives and showcase the architectural styles of the time.

Where to Shop in Fort Langley

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

Address: 9025 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2R7, Canada

Phone: +1 604-728-2080

Website

A must-visit when you’re in Fort Langley, with a great variety of vendors and an abundance of fresh produce, organic and homemade products, baked goods, and some local alcoholic drinks to buy, sample, and take home.

It’s very much a classic farmer’s market with a cheery atmosphere. There’s also an outdoor park in the area and food trucks. Although the best time to go here would be in the spring when the farms start to produce their seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Treasure Landing

Address: 9233 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2S5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-881-7040

Website

At Treasure Landing, you can get almost anything, including gifts, clothing, fancy soaps, beauty products, jewelry, and a variety of other quirky items that are unique enough to spark a conversation.

Susan, the store’s owner, is very friendly and happy to recommend her favorite trinkets. Keep an eye out for sales and make sure to check the back walls for good deals.

Into Chocolate Candy & Confections

Address: 9220 Glover Rd #180, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2R6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-881-2232

Website

Into Chocolate Candy & Confections has a wide selection of high-end treats and candies you grew up with. The place has a vintage vibe and is decorated with 50s memorabilia and whimsical decor. Need our advice? Get the homemade fudge. 

Roxann’s Hats

Address: 9188 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M 2S3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-882-8077

Website

Roxann’s Hats is the best place to get ’em. This little hat shop is known for their wide selection and sales expertise, and it’s almost always impossible not to spot a hat here to your liking.

Make sure to have your old hats steam cleaned here, they do it for free!

Village Antiques Mall

Address: 23331 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley, BC V1M 1A1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-888-3700

Website

Massive collection of antique items here at the Village Antiques Mall. They have anything you can think of, and you’re free to roam around and browse through over 60 booths, with vintage, mid-century, and retro items.

Don’t worry about getting lost, as all the stores are well organized by category. But the real thrill here is that you’ll never know what you’re going to find; it’s always an adventure.

Apps to Download for a Trip to Fort Langley

Fort Langley Tours: paid interactive, self-guided audio tour that leads users to some of the town’s most important buildings.

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Busbud: Check bus schedules, ticket prices, and book bus tickets from Vancouver to Langley online.

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Pacific Cabs: Book a taxi cab 24/7 in Surrey, Langley, Whiterock and Vancouver International Airport.

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