A Step back in time: A Photo Tour of Fort Langley

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Fort Langley

While staying with a family friend in Surrey, we had the opportunity to gain some local knowledge and step back in history 200 years to the birthplace of British Columbia. It was one of those unplanned, go with the flow opportunities that left a lasting impression on me.

Fort Langley was the first permanent European settlement and was originally created as a fur trading base for the Hudson’s Bay Company.  It was also a prime area  farming and agriculture in the area, as well as catching Fraser River salmon. These fish were traded as far as Hawaii! The discovery of gold in the Fraser River in1858 saw an influx of interest in the area. With fears of Americans annexing the land, Britain quickly laid claim as a Crown Colony under the direction of Governor James Douglas.

Fort Langley Fort to Fort Trail

The original Fort  was burned to the ground, and new one was built further down the river. There is now a historic trail linking the original historic site to the newer version.

Fort Langley Bridge

The Jacob Haldi Bridge crosses over the Bedford Channel to connect McMillan Island to Fort Langley on the mainland.

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A scenic walk along the the Bedford Channel in Fort Langley.

Fort Langley Coffee Shop

Fort Langley township has maintained its rustic and quaint charm.

Fort Langley

As the birthplace of British Columbia, Fort Langley has good reason to be a National Historic Site.

Fort Langley

Fort Langley carvings

A series of 4 carvings were designed by a local Kwantlen artist to depict the significance of fishing and trading in the area.

Fort Langley museum

Fort Langley st george church

Built in 1901, St George Anglican church is the oldest in the area and is still functional.

Fort Langley Main Street

Classic shot looking down Main Street.

Fort Langley Antiques

We took a step further back in time, to marvel at the collection of archives and mementos that had withstood the tests of time. It occurred to me that hardly any of the things built in todays age would be strong and sturdy enough to last a few decades. What will future generations look back on and remember us by? Our touch phones and Ikea furniture? Scary thoughts.

Fort Langley Antiques

A little slice of history in contrast to a present day magazine.

Fort Langley antique lamp

Fort Langley Salt Water Taffy

Our trip to Fort Langley was made complete by introducing Thom to Salt Water Taffy of every flavour imaginable – yes, including popcorn (although that was not my favourite).

I’d hardly call myself a history buff of any kind, but I have grown up visiting many of the National Historic sites in Nova Scotia, and there’s something about being immersed into something and somewhere that existed in another time, and helped shape the world we know today. Even though I didn’t take away as much history as I possibly could have, I enjoyed having Shirley’s anecdotes of local knowledge to add to my experience.

I just found out that Parks Canada offers a one year “Discovery Pass” that for one lump sum upfront, grants you access to ALL National Historic sites and National Parks across Canada. Next Parks Canada site we encounter, I am buying one of these bad boys, and I plan to hit up every Historic site and Park as we travel east!

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  • Brenda Clarke May 17, 2013, 1:10 am

    Hey Kate, if you get one of those Parks Canada “Discovery Pass”. It may end up looking like your passport. It would be a very interesting keepsake.
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    • Kate May 19, 2013, 12:29 am

      It’ll have more stamps than my new passport! I didn’t get to keep my old original one – the High Commission punished me for it going through the washing machine!

  • Melissa - The Mellyboo Project May 17, 2013, 9:36 pm

    Loving the B&W shots, Kate! Especially the one of the bridge and the one of main street… they really speak to me.

    Thanks for the quick history lesson too ;) Had no clue Fort Langley was the birthplace of BC.
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    • Kate May 19, 2013, 12:31 am

      Glad you enjoyed the photos and my mini-history love, Melly!

  • Michael Thorne May 19, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Thanks Kate … Great post!

    I hope you don’t mind but we will share it on our community page.


    • Kate May 21, 2013, 6:03 am

      Thanks Michael, so glad you enjoyed and shared! I was only there briefly and got a quick taste of it, barely scratching the surface, but I was happy to learn new things.

  • Kate May 25, 2013, 11:59 pm

    Oh wow, Anita! Driving is tiring enough, let alone imagine doing it on a bike, good on you! Yes, flexibility is definitely my friend! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

  • Erik May 26, 2013, 4:26 am

    Great post! I also think the black and white photographs add a nice touch.
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    • Kate May 26, 2013, 4:56 pm

      Thanks Erik, I was experimenting with something I haven’t often done :)

      PS Can’t wait to see you at TBEX!


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