Local stories and experiences handed down through generations add richness, colour and historical context to where we live. Langley is rich with history and we’ll feature stories on this page.  Please contribute yours to: Photographs are appreciated too. We may edit stories for length and clarity.

Descended From Douglas

Excerpt below from Cynthia Fleming, great-great granddaughter of Sir James Douglas (pictured on the right with her sister Gloria Bushby in Fort Langley). Originally published in The Trail of 1858 (Mark Forsythe & Greg Dickson)  "I [...]

November 16th, 2017|Tags: , , |

We Are Kwantlen

Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site: We Are Kwantlen Kwantlen and other Coast Salish peoples have direct links to this land that reach back millennia, a deep history of some 12,000 years on this [...]

Life at Sperling General Store

Marv Woolley shares memories of living at the Sperling General Store & Post Office, once located beside the BC Electric Railway tracks at Brown Road (240th Street) and 72nd Avenue.   His parents Art and [...]

Royals in the Fraser Valley

The royal tour of Canada in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was the first time a reigning monarch visited this country. They travelled westward on the Canadian Pacific Railway and returned on [...]

Early Spirits on Langley Prairie

B.C. was the first province to regulate the sale of alcohol through government liquor stores, beginning in 1921. Langley Prairie's first store (today's Langley City) operated from 1923 to 1933. Former B.C. Liquor Control board [...]

July 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Immigrant Shed

Between 1959 and 1966, CBC Radio's Imbert Orchard travelled the province, interviewing nearly 1,000 B.C. pioneers, and in the process created the largest oral collection in North America. Some 2,700 hours of recordings with homesteaders, [...]

May 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |