This Canada Travel Guide takes us to the city of Langley in beautiful British Columbia. Langley is ideally located as a base to explore its offerings and stretch out to nearby cities like Vancouver. Shannon Grochowski, of Adventurous Mama, is taking us on an insider's tour including where to go for a fun date night, even if you're bringing kids along.
Family Friendly Things To Do In Langley
Tell us a bit about you, Shannon. How did you end up in Langley? Are you from there? Who do you live there with and how long have you been there?
I have been in Langley for the other half of my life. I was born in Winnipeg, MB actually and arrived in Abbotsford when I was five. Since then I’ve lived in Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Vancouver Island and finally Langley.
I now live here with my husband and three children who are 6, 4 & 3. Busy, I know. We have been living here all together for about 3 years.
Tell us a few neat facts about Langley.
The population is approx. about 113,000 however, I feel that number will jump quite a bit after the census comes in for this year. We are a rapidly growing community.
There are many parts to Langley. One being Fort Langley, which is known to be the birthplace of our British Columbia. There you will find rich history intertwined with a stunning vision for the future as new areas get built onto and expand as the community grows.
We are a town, “Where City & Country Meet.” You can drive 20 minutes one way and be immersed in city life but then drive another 20 minutes another way and be surrounded by beautiful farms and land. Vancouver is also only about an hours drive away where there is plenty to see and do there!
Where to Stay in Langley
Langley has many different types of accommodation depending on what you are looking for. There are high chained hotels, RV parks, camping to tent cabins. Being my hometown, I never have the occasion to stay at these places but they stand out to me because of the location and the reviews I have read and heard. We do plan on staying in the Tent Cabins one of these summers!
Where to Eat in Langley
Wow, where to start on where to eat. There are so many amazing restaurants to a romantic dinner out, a night out with the family or cute coffee shops to catch up with a friend.
For a date night out with your significant other, we love heading to The Greek Islands in Abbotsford which is about a 25-30 minute drive from Langley. This is a family run business with large portions, friendly staff and a passion for what they do.
There are a few places I would recommend to have a bite to eat or a sip of coffee with your friends. Osso Lunchroom is new to the Langley area and it is privately owned and operated. The menu changes and the creations are to die for! Second would be Tracycakes Bakery in Murrayville. This cute little shop offers high tea and a darling atmosphere which would be perfect for an afternoon out with girlfriends, your mom, or even your children. Lastly is Porter’s Bistro Coffee & Tea House, another cute little place to enjoy a cuppa and some treats.
Where to Shop in Langley
I am one to shop small and love heading to one of the locally owned shops. For the boho/fashionista and latest trends, I would recommend Hunni’s Urban Boutique.
Fort Langley has a ton of unique shops that you can park and take a stroll along and spend a whole afternoon there if you wanted to. From antique shops, an amazing florist called Floralista, old fashioned candy shop, and boutiques, you will find everything for everyone.
For the kiddos and for the young at heart, you need to visit Toy Traders! They have amazing store displays that are life sized and some even hanging from the ceiling. Specializing in collectibles they also have a wide variety of brand named toys and even a used section for those that are thrifty at heart.
Once we get to Langley, what things should we plan to do?
Fort Langley is the birthplace of British Columbia so you will want to check out Fort Langley National Historic Site. It’s a great place to bring the kids. With real life actors dressed in the 1800’s who stay in character the entire time you are there. Wander through buildings re-created to that era along with a chance to pan for some gold dust.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is in Aldergrove,only a 20-minute drive from Langley.
Another attraction in Aldergrove is Metro Vancouver’s ONLY drive-in theater called, Twilight Drive-In. As a dating couple before we were married we had many date nights there and now bring our children. We go when they have a kid friendly movie at the first showing, then put them to sleep and the hubby and I enjoy some adult movie time.
Anywhere amazing for outdoor activities?
We have amazing beaches and outdoor activities everywhere! The closest beaches to Langley are White Rock Beach and Crescent Beach. At either beach, you can go crabbing or take a stroll down the boardwalk.
Pack up some chairs, blankets and food to spend the day soaking up the sun, building sand castles and eating. Even on rainy days, the beach is an adventure.
Crescent Beach is attached to a wonderful little park called, Blackie Spit Park where you may find little treasures along the way in the form of painted seashells!
Our favorite hikes are Bridal Falls in Chilliwack which is an hour away. Perfect if you have little ones as it is only a 15-minute hike with an amazing view of a waterfall at the end, it’s a perfect family hike.
The other nice easy hike is the Lower Falls hike in Golden Ears.
Locally, there are many trails like Campbell Valley Park, home to many birds, ducks, squirrels, frogs and insects which are always fun when you have little ones and even adults.
If you love to pick berries we have a local farm called Krause Berry Farms & Winery. Head over early in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds and enjoy a day of picking, and eating delicious farm-fresh treats. The adults may enjoy a glass of wine, or two.
One final tip to help us plan our visit to Langley?
A unique thing about Langley is that it is central to so many great places to see and fun things to do within a twenty minute to an hour’s drive. You will definitely not have a chance to be bored but rather something new to do and explore each day!
Plus, while you're visiting British Columbia, explore the fairy doors of Salt Spring Island.