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.

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: , , |

Tales From the Station House

Diane Simpson, with parents Murray and Florence Williams, at the CNR Station in Mawer, Saskatchewan. Diane Simpson has volunteered at Langley Heritage Society's CNR Station in Fort Langley for many years, and enthusiastically shares her [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Riding the Rails to Langley

Art Woolley rode the rails west to the Fraser Valley from Saskatchewan in the Dirty Thirties and later drove truck for W.H. Berry for a number of years.  His son Marvin Woolley tells the story [...]