Langley - British Columbia

The City of Langley should not be confused with the Township of Langley. Langley City is the small municipality 10 square kilometers bordered on one side by Surrey, BC. The Township of Langley surrounds the City of Langley on the remaining three sides and is a much larger 300 square kilometers.

The Langley area was an early European settlement known as “Innes Corners” and was later known as the “Langley Prairie.” Several small communities joined to form the Township of Langley, but in 1955 the area now known as the city of Langley decided to separate as its own entity, because of its more urban development.

Langley City is known for its annual Car Show, the Langley Cruise-In, in September. Classic cars line the streets of Langley for this event, which attracts spectators and cars from all over North America. Proceeds from the show are donated to different local charities each year.

The Township of Langley is also well known for several locations within the municipality limits. With many horse stables, Langley is also known as the “Horse Capital of BC.” Other mentionable locations include the Famous Players Collossus Theatre Complex, the Lower Mainland’s only drive-in movie theatre, the Canadian Museum of Flight, and Fort Langley. Fort Langley, a famous Hudson’s Bay Company fir trading post on the Fraser River and the birthplace of British Columbia, runs numerous school and special group tours throughout the year. Fort Langley was an important supply station for gold prospectors during the gold rush.

If you’re looking for a few souvenirs from the past, check out the many antique markets in Langley. If later you’re looking to purchase something first-hand, be sure to check out the commercial district around the Langley Bypass, which include Langley’s largest mall, the Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

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