6 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Fort Langley, B.C. (PHOTOS)
Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Even if you live hundreds of miles away you’ve likely taken a virtual stroll down Fort Langley’s charming main street as it’s a popular filming spot for television & film. If you live in the Fraser Valley and have never visited, you best be putting it on your list ASAP! The quaint village community has a population of just 3,400 people and forms part of the Township of Langley. The village is most notably known for the Fort Langley National Historic Site, a former fur trade post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which now operates as a thriving historic attraction. In fact, if you grew up in Greater Vancouver there’s a good chance you’ve visited the Fort as part of a field trip in elementary school. Today, Downtown Fort Langley has become a popular tourist destination with small town cafes, gourmet candy stores, fine dining, and antique stores packed to the rafters with eye candy. There are endless reasons why you should spend a few hours in Fort Langley, but we’ve narrowed down our list to form ‘6 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Fort Langley, B.C.’
1. To Explore the Architecture & History
Postcard worthy buildings line the streets of Fort Langley from tip to tip. Whether it’s the St. Andrew’s United Church across the street from the cemetery, or the Fort Langley Community Hall with roots dating back to the 1930s – you’ll want to remember to bring your camera. The town’s historic architecture is not only pleasing to the eyes, but it creates a warm & inviting atmosphere that is impossible to achieve with new construction. One of the more notable buildings is the landmark Fort Langley Community Hall. With it’s yellow exterior and towering white columns, this structure serves as a focal point for the entire main strip. It was designed by architect Archibald Campbell Hope with construction finishing up in the early 1930s. You’ll also want to check out the St. Andrew’s United Church. The charming structure was opened and dedicated on September 26, 1885 and still includes the original pews.
2. To Visit Country Lane Antiques & Rempel Mercantile
If you have even the slightest bit of interest in antiques then visiting Country Lane Antiques is an absolute must. The established antique store has been open for well over 20 years, and is owned & operated by Don and Shirley Rempel who have been hand-selecting and hand-refinishing primitive and farmer-made antiques from across Canada since its opening. You can walk around for hours in the store’s 2,000 square foot showroom which is filled from floor to ceiling with one-of-a-kind antiques that you’ll be itching to buy. The store is also popular with the film industry. Country Lane Antiques plays a big role in the Garage Sale Mysteries movie franchise as a fictional consignment store called ‘Rags to Riches’ owned by Jennifer Shannon, played by Lori Loughlin. When you’re done exploring Country Lane Antiques head on over next door to the newly opened Rempel Mercantile for even more beautiful antiques and one-of-a-kind repurposed furniture. You may recognize the exterior from the latest season of Bates Motel where it is used as a small town hardware store.
3. To Visit the Fort Langley Village Farmer’s Market (Saturdays)
The Fort Langley Village Farmer’s Market is open May to October every Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on the grounds of the historic St. Andrew’s United Church. It’s a great place to purchase locally grown food, homemade creations, and to socialize with some of the people that call Fort Langley home.
4. To Check Out Popular Filming Locations
There’s a good chance that one of your favourite tv shows or movies has had a scene shot on the streets of Fort Langley. Some of the more notable productions include The Vampire Diaries, Bates Motel, Cedar Cove, Supernatural, The Fog, Once Upon A Time, Garage Sale Mysteries, and many of the Air Bud films! If you take a walk through Country Lane Antiques you’ll find a wall filled with head shots & memorabilia signed by some of hollywood’s most talented actors. The Fort Langley Community Hall and the Fort Langley Cemetery are very popular with the film industry.
5. To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Checkers Premium Fudge
Checkers Premium Fudge is relatively new to Fort Langley. They are family owned and operated and occupy a small space along Mavis Avenue in a picturesque row of heritage buildings. They’ve been creating delicious fudge since September 2011 and have established a strong returning customer base ever since. You may recognize their name from local markets & trade shows where they frequently set up shop, these shows include the annual Home Show and the Eat Vancouver Show. In store you can sample a variety of different fudges, as well as purchase a selection of delicious cotton candy flavours, and large bags of popcorn! All the products are of the highest quality and value. We’d recommend the blue raspberry cotton candy…nom nom nom!
6. Visit the Fort Langley National Historic Site
If you’re going to be bringing the kids along with you on your visit to Fort Langley, be sure to stop by the Fort Langley National Historic Site. There are an endless amount of things to do while visiting the Historic Site including panning for gold, learning about the storied past of the fort, take a walking tour and meet the interpreters who bring it to life, or plan a sleepover in a heritage-themed oTENTik. There is also a gift shop, various exhibits, and picnic areas to enjoy a nice lunch. Regardless of what you choose to do while visiting the Fort Langley National Historic Site, it will be fun for the whole family!