Many Langley families have resided for generations in this agricultural, yet modern Fraser Valley community east of Vancouver.
Their pride and passion is easy to understand when visiting local museums and historic and heritage sites.
The Beginnings of Langley
To discover the roots of Langley and indeed British Columbia itself, look no further than the historic village of Fort Langley on the south bank of the Fraser River.
The surrounding area, about 50km/31mi from the mouth of the Fraser River, was originally inhabited by the Kwantlen First Nations people, who fished, hunted and traded here with other Coast Salish nations.
In 1827, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) set up a trading post in what is now Derby Reach Regional Park. Fur trading and salmon canning became staple industries at Fort Langley, and HBC employees married local women and set up farms to sustain themselves and other Pacific forts.
The fort was relocated up the river in 1839, but burned down after just 10 months and had to be rebuilt on the same site in 1840. This remains its current location.