To help you get your summer properly underway, we've hunted down a list of 125 things to do around Langley this summer.
There's actually much, much more than that, because many of the individual "things to do around Langley" that we've listed really could encompass a variety of activities or_ well_ things to do around Langley.
And this isn't even close to an exhaustive list. We're pretty sure you'll find some omissions - maybe even some of your own favourite things to do around Langley.
We're just hoping this will get you started.
Because, frankly, as we realized as we were compiling this list, there are a LOT of things to do around Langley.
There are fun things and exciting things, educational things and curious things, rare things and odd things, quiet things and loud things, busy things and leisurely things, things for kids and things for parents and things for seniors and things for pets_
Maybe we should just let you get started. Because there really are a lot of things to do around Langley this summer.
1 Happy birthday!
Let's start you off with Canada Day_ Nobody celebrates Canada Day like Langley. Thousands enjoy midway rides, games, live entertainment, and fireworks at McLeod Athletic Park on June 30 and July 1.
On July 1, the plan is to have at least 22,000 people at the park to be part of a living flag and hopefully get into the Guiness Book of Records. Look for Langley Living Flag on Facebook.
2 Happy birthday, some more!
On Canada Day the Fort Langley National Historic Site offers a citizenship ceremony, birthday cake, pioneer games, and music, as well as free admission.
A free, fun, family event will be jointly hosted by the Langley Centennial Museum and the BC Agricultural and Farm Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Located at 9135 King St., the museum will host a variety of Canada Day events and activities, including crafts, face painting, food vendors, balloon artistry, and old-fashioned games and races. This year, the celebration will also feature the new One Can Arts Festival, with many local artists selling their art onsite.
3 Lights, camera_ action!
Movies and television shows are being shot all over Langley, practically all the time. Contact the B.C. Film Commission to see how you can sign on as an extra.
4 There's lions and tigers and bears, and more!
The Greater Vancouver Zoo, at 5048 264th St., is open year round from 9 a.m. daily. Visitors can find their own way around the enclosures on foot or bicycle, or take a tour on the small train that circles the zoo.
5 Bet on a good time in Langley City.
Cascades Casino, at 20393 Fraser Hwy., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
6 See how farming was done in "the old days."
The BC Farm and Agriculture Museum is at 9131 King St., across from the historic fort. It is open April to October, seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 604-888-2273 or visit www.bcfma.com.
7 On yer bike.
Langley, being in the Fraser Valley, is a very bike-friendly place. On weekends, swarms of spandexed riders can be seen in clusters.
This is still a pretty nice place to ride even for those who just want to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery or take the family out for some fun.
Come July 22, watch out for some really serious cycling as Langley hosts the Prospera Valley GranFondo. This will be the largest mass-participation cycling event the Fraser Valley has ever seen. You can't miss it - there are 1,500 cyclist taking part.
On July 22, people can enjoy the Sylvan Family Fondo at Fort Langley. The three-kilometre ride costs $10 per family.
8 Remember those who sacrificed all, so you can do all these things.
Cenotaphs honouring Canada's war dead are at both local Legions: Langley Br. 21 and Aldergrove Br. 65, as well as at the Fort Langley Cemetery at 23105 St. Andrews St. and Murrayville Cemetery at 21405 44th Ave.
9 Visit one of the oldest corners in Langley.
P.Y. Porter's General Store, now a pleasant little coffee house, sits on Langley's first round-about - the historic 5-Corners intersection of 48th Avenue, 216th Street, and Old Yale Road in Murrayville.
Next door is the long-standing Murrayville Community Hall, and across the street is the Princess and The Pea Bed and Breakfast, the former Traveller's Hotel which dates back to the 1880s.
There's still more history there: the Murrayville Pump House is a designated heritage site, and next to that is the venerable Sharon United Church. And just up the hill is the old Murrayville School.
10 Shoot some golf.
Langley is teed up for about as much golf as you can handle. Golf courses range from the executive Newlands and Poppy Estates to the Redwoods 18-hole course which includes a practice facility.
The Fort Langley Golf Course offers a par 71, 18-hole course. Tall Timber Golf Course's 18-holes remain a family-run business that includes a practice facility.
11 Watch a movie.
There are 18 movie theatres and an IMAX at the Colossus complex in Walnut Grove, at 20090 91A Ave.
12 Get entertained festively.
Sounds of Summer Buskers Festival takes place on Fraser Highway between 204th and 206th Streets every Saturday from July 2 to Sept. 3, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
13 Fresh from the fields
The Langley Farmers Market holds court Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m., at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
14 Tour an international border.
Walk, jog, cycle, or drive along the border between Canada and the United States at Zero Avenue.
15 Hunt for something old.
Fort Langley is filled with antique stores and markets.
16 Stop and smell the flowers.
Erikson's Day Lily Gardens, 24642 51st Ave., is one of the world's top lily breeders. Open weekends only.
17 We can paddle_ canoe?
Head to Fort Langley and line the banks of the Fraser River to support paddlers competing in the canoe and kayak portion of the Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games. For the 80 athletes and 16 coaches involved, headquarters is the Langley Rowing and Paddling Centre, 9277 Glover Road. The BC Summer Games run July 19-22.
Of course, if you prefer to participate, the whole summer offers opportunities for watersports in the Bedford Channel, between Fort Langley and Brae and McMillan Islands.
18 Catch a family movie_ for free!
Outdoor Movie in the Park is back this year, with The Lorax, June 30 at McLeod Athletic Park, and July 13 at the Langley Events Centre.
19 Have a bowl full of fun.
Knock down a few pins at:
- Willowbrook Lanes - 6350 196th St. Langley
- Alder Lanes - 27070 Fraser Hwy Aldergrove
20 Look in on your neighbour.
Visiting a real estate sale open house can be a good way to check out what's on the market, or just to get some ideas for a new colour for the dining room paint scheme. Open houses are advertised by neighbourhood signs on weekends.
21 Go mini
For mini-golf, head to Hi-Knoll Driving Range and Mini-Golf on the Langley/Surrey border or indoors to the Great Escape entertainment centre on the Langley Bypass.
22 Ride a horse trail.
Equestrian trails cover most of the distance between Campbell Valley and Aldergrove Lake Regional Parks, with Otter Park a pleasant stop along the way.
23 Hunt down some of the world's finest berries.
Get your fingers dirty, or simply buy by the pound at local fruit stands, including:
- Krause Berry Farms, 6179 248th St.
- Driediger Farms, 23823 72nd Ave.
24 Stroll the Nicomekl River.
Langley's Rotary Clubs have provided a pleasant nature trail through the Nicomekl flood plain, from 208th Street to 200th Street, with interesting footbridge crossings of the river along the way.
25 The Brits call it football.
Bring your camping chairs to Aldergrove July 5-8 and watch boys soccer teams vie for provincial titles.
The Youth Provincial B Cup is split between two separate championships, for girls and boys. Boys teams are being hosted by the Aldergrove Youth Soccer Club, with games taking place at Aldergrove Athletic Park (AAP), the Aldergrove Community Secondary School (ACSS) Oval, and Kinsmen Fields.
26 Go for a historic walk.
The Fort to Fort Trail offers a pleasant riverside stroll from Derby Reach to Fort Langley.
27 Visit the spot where B.C. got its start.
British Columbia became a Crown colony of Britain by proclamation, read by James Douglas at the Fort Langley "Big House" - now part of the Fort Langley National Historic Park - on Nov. 19, 1858.
28 Portage the original Smuggler's Trail.
The trail may now be easier to follow by walking down Glover Road, but the ancient route between two of Langley's largest rivers can still be appreciated today.
The 8,000-metre portage between the Salmon River and the Nicomekl River, through what is today Milner, was an important highway during the days when canoes were the primary means of trade. Local First Nations bands like the Kwantlen, and later Hudson's Bay Company traders, used the route to get from the Fraser River to Mud Bay.
29 Grab a camera and start snapping up the scenery.
There are views worth capturing all over Langley, from the always-changing Fraser River at Derby Reach to the bucolic farms throughout the region, from the dynamic Langley Airports to the streams and meadows of regional and municipal parks.
30 Catch a movie from the comfort of your own car.
Twilight Drive In - the Lower Mainland's only drive-in movie theatre - is in Aldergrove, at 260th St. and Fraser Hwy.
31 Taste some of the world's finest wines.
International award-winning wines are being created right here in Langley.
Lovers of the grape will want to find out more about Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery, Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery and Bacchus Bistro, the Fort Wine Co., Neck of the Woods Winery, Township 7 Vineyard & Winery, Vista D'oro Farms & Winery and the new kid on the block, Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery (opening summer 2012).
32 Pay homage to our equestrian partners.
The Spirit of the Horse Memorial Garden is at 1200 208th Ave.
33 Catch up with future friends in service to your community.
Join a group of like-minded community volunteers as they meet here in Langley.
- Lions Club
- Beta Sigma Phi
- Job's Daughters
- Fraternal Order of Eagles
- Valley Women's Network
- Independent Order of Foresters
34 Cool off in one of three community outdoor pools.
- Al Anderson Memorial Pool, 4949 207th St.
- Aldergrove Outdoor Pool, at Phil Jackman Park, 32nd Ave. and 271st Street
- Fort Langley Outdoor Pool, at Fort Langley Park, St. Andrews Avenue and Nash Street.
35 Ride a horse_ or just watch.
Milner Downs Equestrian Centre - 21795 64th Ave., has a number of hunter-jumper shows through the summer. Find out more at www.milnerdowns.com.
36 Tap into limitless information about local tourist attractions and events.
Visit Tourism Langley on the ground level of the Langley Events Centre, 7888 200th St. or visit online: www.tourism-langley.ca.
37 Get yourself clay and make something useful_ or pretty.
Club Colour Ceramic Studio in downtown Langley City, 20494 Fraser Hwy., offers pottery lessons, and workspace for those who want to dabble or already know how.
38 Trot on over to Thunderbird.
Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave., has a number of world-class hunter-jumper shows each year. Find out more at www.thunderbirdshowpark.com.
39 Check the chained art.
Several pieces of chainsaw art are displayed in Langley City, notably at the City Hall, 20399 Douglas Cres., and at Innes Corners, Fraser Highway and Glover Road.
40 Have a picnic.
Picnic facilities are available at all five Greater Vancouver Regional Parks in Langley, plus some local parks as well. Visit our website at www.langleyadvance.com for more details about this thing to do.
41 Who said dancing is square?
Forget about going around in circles. Square dancing is where it's at, and in Langley, it's at the Port Kells Hall, 18918 88th Ave., with the Surrey Square Wheelers. Find out more at www.surrey.squaredance.bc.ca.
42 Da plane, boss, da plane!
Langley Regional Airport has picnic tables and free parking for those who want to watch small planes and helicopters take off and land. The parking lot is at 216th Street just south of 56th Avenue.
43 Motorcycles most welcome
For those who enjoy motorized fun on two wheels, Langley has motorcycle-based events.
The Ride into History is July 27-29 and includes a great ride, great food, and great times. Ride proceeds go to support the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope shelter and rehabilitation centre.
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club hosts the Gord Heppler Memorial Run each spring to raise money for BC Children's Hospital and specifically children with cancer.
Throughout the year, Barnes Harley Davidson hosts events that raise money for various causes as well.
44 Explore garage sales.
Armed with a Langley street map, a satchel full of change, and listings from the Langley Advance, you can easily fill a few hours hitting garage sales. Most sales take place Saturday, but there are the odd Friday and Sunday ones. Garage sales are the ultimate in recycling, and there are great bargains to be had.
45 Get a degree.
Langley has two universities: Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
46 See what the farmers are really doing.
The Circle Farm Tour is a road map to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, open air markets, eateries, heritage sites, fairs, and more. There's a brochure and map for each participating community, from Langley to Chilliwack. Brochures are available at Langley Township's Civic Facility and at participating farms. Details are also available online at: www.circlefarmtour.com.
47 Go Metro
Metro Vancouver offers programs for all ages at its regional parks, including several in Langley.
Here are some:
Campfire Programs, June 28, Derby Reach Regional Park. Spend an evening with nature tales and songs told by a storyteller. Bring a mug and flashlight.
Butterfly Tea Party, July 14, Campbell Valley Rgional Park
Summer Adventure Day Camp, July 3-6 and Aug. 20-24, Brae Island Regional Park. Ages 8 to 12.
Learn to Fish, July 21, Derby Reach Regional Park. Celebrate Parks Day by learning to fish. Sign up at 1-604-504-4716 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Day Camps, July 23, 30 and Aug. 7, Derby Reach Regional Park. Info: www.evergreenadventure.ca.
48 Stop licking your fingers_
Long enough to find out about Barbecue on the Bypass. Each September, Langley hosts a massive gathering devoted to all things grilled. This year's gathering is Sept. 16, and includes opportunities for the public to sample the fare.
49 Take a walk back in time in Fort Langley.
The Langley Centennial Museum offers occasional walking tours of historic Fort Langley. The community plays host to numerous historic buildings, including churches, homes, and a community centre. And before Halloween, the museum offers Ghost Walks, showing where history in Fort Langley got a little bit dark.
Call the museum at 604-888-3922.
50 Commune with nature.
Nature trails take you along the Salmon River at Trinity Western University.
51 See sights by air.
Fort Langley Air offers floatplane adventure tours over the coastal mountains and the waters of the Lower Mainland and western B.C. Tours run from May to September, weather permitting. Call 604-513-9886.
52 Go round and round.
Whether you're a serious runner or casual jogger, there's an excellent track at McLeod Athletic Park at 56th Avenue and 216th Street.
53 Find beauty in the city's heart.
Named after Langley City's first mayor, Sendall Gardens is a gem hidden away on 56th Avenue just off 200th Street. With its duck pond, gazebo, lovely flora and sedate terrain, it's an oasis.
54 Do more than 125 things in one place.
There are more than 150 stores and services under one roof, at Willowbrook Shopping Centre, at Fraser Highway and Langley Bypass.
55 Watch democracy in action.
Drop in on a municipal council meeting, and watch your local politicians - mayors and councillors - at work.
Langley City council meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Monday evening of each month, starting at 7 p.m. at Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Cres. A council calendar can be found at www.city.langley.bc.ca.
Langley Township council meets three times a month for most of the year. Their schedule can be found at www.tol.ca.
56 Revisit the heyday of local auto racing.
Langley Speedway Historical Society is dedicated to preservation and restoration of the old racetrack at the southern foot of 208th Street - once the most famous oval track in this region.
57 Go for a walk in a regional park.
Hiking ranges from easy to moderate in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks in Langley:
- Aldergrove Lake Regional Park, southeast Langley
- Brae Island Regional Park, over the Haldi Bridge from Fort Langley
- Campbell Valley Regional Park, southwest Langley
- Derby Reach Regional Park, northwest Langley, off Allard Crescent
- Glen Valley Regional Park, northeast Langley
58 Check out the most buoyant community in all of Langley.
The river is home for a few Langley residents, in a quiet little place called Grant's Landing. Located at the northern tip of 208th Street, the landing was founded and is owned by Monty Grant, who built his home from a disused lumber barge. The eclectic collection of houseboats range from the modest to the palatial.
59 Take in some hunting and jumping.
Make a day of it at one of North America's premier show jumping facilities. Thunderbird Show Park hosts the $4,000 Maplebrook Farm Young Horse Showcase on July 6, the $2,500 Western Logistics Ride n Rally on July 7, and the $10,000 Facet Advisors Grand Prix on July 8. And that's just a beginning - you won't want to miss the Summer Classic and the Summer Festival in August.
Thunderbird Show Park is located at 24550 72nd Ave. The website is www.tbird.ca.
60 Commune with your spiritual side.
A listing of local religious services, "Your Place of Worship_" appears in every Friday edition of the Langley Advance.
61 Watch live sports under cover.
Take in soccer, football, and track and field from under the shelter of the McLeod Athletic Park grandstands, 216th Street and 56th Avenue.
62 Go shopping in Murrayville.
From pharmacies, nurseries and restaurants with international cuisine to discounters, hardware and groceries, the Murrayville neighbhourhood has it all.
Head to one of Langley's many night spots.
64 Go fish.
Tidal water fishing on the Fraser River is available at two Greater Vancouver Regional Parks in Langley:
- Derby Reach Regional Park, northwest Langley, off Allard Crescent.
- Glen Valley Regional Park, northeast Langley.
65 The Langley Events Centre has room to roam.
The indoor walking track is open most days (any closures are posted at www.langleyeventscentre.com such as for Canada Day July 1 or during paid events in the arena). The free walking track, on the third floor concourse, is usually available from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
66 Joust have yourself a Merry Ole Tyme
The sixth annual BC Renaissance Festival is July 19-22 at Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave.
Admission is $18 for adults $18, and $17 for youth $17 with children and seniors tickets at $10, and family rates available
For the price of admission, you get to visit the village of Steller's Grove for a weekend of thrills and merriment. Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of this 16th century village. Thrill to the excitement of the joust, and join in song at the end of the day.
67 Watch the fish swim by.
At the Nicomekl Enhancement Society, the Miller-Hayes Boardwalk runs alongside and above the Nicomekl River. Visitors in the right season can watch the fish swimming upriver to spawn. The society's land is at 5263 232nd St. The society can be reached at 604-534-3082 or 604-619-9304. Call in advance.
68 Follow the trail of the pioneers back to the beginning.
A cairn off Allard Crescent marks the location of the original Hudson Bay Co. fort established on the banks of the Fraser River at Derby Reach by James McMillan in 1827.
From there, you can follow the Fort to Fort Trail all the way to the reconstructed Fort Langley National Historic Park, which recreates fort life as it was at its rebuilt 1858 location (the original fort at Derby Reach was destroyed by fire).
69 It's art_ and it's alive!
Arts Alive! takes place in downtown Langley City, Fraser Highway from 200th to 206th Street, on the third Saturday of August. This will be its 19th year of bringing the streets alive with artists, artisans, and crafters. Arts Alive! includes a children's activity area. Call 604-539-0133 or visit www.downtownlangley.com.
70 Grab your goggles and swim trunks and wade into Langley's indoor, heated pools.
- WC Blair Recreation Centre22200 Fraser Hwy.
- Walnut Grove Community Centre8889 Walnut Grove Drive
71 Volunteer! For the love of animals.
Langley has loads of volunteer opportunities to help out our feathered and four-footed friends.
The Patti Dale Animal Shelter is run by the Langley Animal Protection Society and in addition to providing pound services for the local municipal governments, takes in unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats.
CARES is a cat shelter in Milner that works to find homes for its residents.
The Small Animal Rescue Society is based in Aldergrove and takes in mostly rabbits.
The Pacific Assistance Dog Society trains dogs for service.
Pacific Riding for Developmental Abilities (PDRA) and Valley Therapeutic Euqestrian provide horseback riding for people with varying disabilities.
If wildlife is more of an appeal, the Greater Vancouver Zoo and Mountain View Conservation Society accept volunteers.
72 Shop in your neighbourhood.
The Willoughby neighbourhood and specifically the 200th Street corridor is home to a variety of stores, such as a produce market and a nursery, as well as restaurants, fast food outlets, gas stations, banks, medical offices and more, for your convenience.
73 Langley has shops devoted to turning others' "junque" into your treasure.
Many thrift stores are operated by local charities or non-profit societies:
- Penny Pinchers, 20211 56th Ave.
- Fibromyalgia Thrift Store, 109-20631 Fraser Hwy.
- Salvation Army Thrift Store, 19868 Langley Bypass
- Langley Hospice Thrift Store, 20349 88th Ave.
- Bibles for Missions, 5785 200th St.
- SalMart Thrift Store, 2978 272nd St.
- Salvation Army thrift store/warehouse, 19733 96th Ave.
74 Head east for some shopping.
Provincial and national retailers, fast food outlets, family restaurants, quaint and quirky boutiques, and more make their homes in Aldergrove, on the east side of Langley.
75 Have a two-scooper.
There are plenty of spots to get ice cream in Langley, including:
- Marina's Gelato at 9180A Glover Rd.
- Crossings Gelato at 20167 96th Ave.
- Baskin-Robbins, at 150-19585 Fraser Hwy.
- Marble Slab Creamery at 305-6339 200th St. or in the village at Thunderbird at C105, 20159 88th Ave.
- Dairy Queen locations in Aldergrove, Walnut Grove, Willowbrook, or downtown Langley City
76 Raise the bar on your sports entertainment.
Enjoy the big game at one of the local sports bars, such as the Artful Dodger, Jimmy Mac's, Townhall Public House, and the Walnut Grove Pub and Bistro, Rendezvous Pub, Samz, Fox N Fiddle, Murrayville Town Pub, and Baron's Pub.
77 Play a game of hi-tech tag.
- Planet Lazer, 20104 Logan Ave. Call 604-514-2282
- The Great Escape, 104-20645 Langley Bypass. Call 604-533-1432.
78 Go camping on an island in the Fraser River.
Fort Camping offers facilities at Brae Island Regional Park, just over the Haldi Bridge from Fort Langley.
79 Listen to a bedtime story.
Attend a storytime session complete with finger puppets, songs, and the occasional craft-making - at the local libraries. www.fvrl.bc.ca.
80 Take music lessons.
Langley Community Music School, 4899 207th St. (online: www.langleymusic.com).
81 Shop dowtown.
From Salt Lane to McBurney Lane, from Innes Corner to Douglas Crescent, there is a host of small and medium shops to meet your craving for specialty shopping. Check out www.downtownlangley.com.
82 Get some racquet-driven exercise indoors.
Racquetball courts can be found at the Newlands Golf & Country Club, 21025 48th Ave.
83 Langley Good Times Cruise-In.
Join tens of thousands of spectators at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In - one of North America's biggest and best car shows - in Langley City's downtown on the Saturday after Labour Day. Visit www.langleycruise-in.com to learn how and when to watch_ or to get your hot wheels involved.
84 Get out your whites_ lawn bowling attire.
Located at 20471 54 Ave, in the City of Langley, the Langley Lawn Bowling Club was founded in 1979 and has been operational since 1982.
85 Take your dog for an off-leash romp.
There are dog off-leash areas at three Metro Vancouver regional parks in Langley, and Langley City also offers an off-leash park in Brookswood.
86 Splash around in the summer.
Several local parks have water features to let kids cool off on a hot day:
- Philip Jackman Park, 32nd Avenue and 271st Street
- Brookswood Spray Park, 40th Avenue and 200th Street
- City Park, 207th Street between 48th and 51st Avenues
- Cloverdale Athletic Park, 6330 168th St.
- Douglas Park's water park, Douglas Crescent and 206th Street
- Linwood Park, 201A Street and Michaud Crescent
- Murrayville Outdoor Activity Park, 48A Avenue and 221st Street
- Nicholas Park, 50A Avenue and 209th Street
- Walnut Grove Park, Walnut Grove Drive and 89th Avenue
- Willoughby Community Park, 7700 block of 202A Street
87 Stop and smell the roses.
Select Roses, 22771 38th Ave. in South Langley, is run by the world-renowned rose breeder Brad Jalbert. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). www.selectroses.ca.
88 Learn like a pioneer.
Visit the original Lochiel schoolhouse at Campbell Valley Regional Park.
89 Help worms save the planet.
Langley Environmental Partners Society offers workshops and demonstrations in composting, worm composting, and other environmentally friendly gardening techniques. Visit www.leps.bc.ca.
90 Take a nostalgic flight into history.
The Canadian Museum of Flight has everything from a fully restored Second World War bomber to early Canadian Forces jet fighters to bush planes that flew in B.C.'s early years. The museum, which moved to its current home at the Langley Airport in 1996, is located in hangar 3, at 5333 216th St. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the summer.
91 Enjoy the music.
Throughout the year, the Langley Community Music School hosts the Concerts Caf‚ Classico series on Friday mornings. LCMS also offers concerts in the Rose Gellert Concert Hall.
Langley Community Music School is at 4899 207th St. Visit www.langleymusic.com for concert dates and times.
92 Net a good time.
Watch the Trinity Western University men take on the volleyball world in late September.
Langley will host the inaugural U23 Pan American Men's Volleyball Cup at the Langley Events Centre from Sept. 25-30 and the Spartans will play as the Canadian entry. Possible teams TWU will compete against include Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
93 Take a shopping trip with history on your side.
Historic Fort Langley, the home of the Hudson Bay Co. trading post where British Columbia got started, offers the area's most eclectic mix of retail stores for shoppers to enjoy.
94 Tour the galleries
Langley is home to many art galleries each with their own special dynamic: Birthplace of BC Gallery, the Fort Gallery, Willowbrook Art Gallery, Frames West Gallery, Urban Art, and the Timeless Doll Gallery, to name just a few.
95 Alls fair in Aldergrove.
Aldergrove Fair Days, July 20-22, kicks off with a show and shine. Over the weekend, there's also a midway, parade, live entertainment, animal events, an antique tractor pull, artisans arena, canadian fastdraw championship, family fun-filled family activities, free pancake breakfast, cowboy church, leaf blower soccer contest, farm boy/girl challenge, plus many more fun activities.
And when that's wrapped up, the volunteers of the Aldergrove Fair Days Society gear up for Christmas celebrations and other events during the year.
96 Honour some local veterans with a visit.
There are two local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion:
- Langley Branch 21 is at 20570 56th Ave.
- Aldergrove Br. 65 is at 26607 Fraser Hwy.
97 Just relax with a drink.
Several Langley establishments play host to those looking for a nice spot to enjoy a drink, including the Townhall Public House, Newlands Golf and Country Club Pub, Samz Neighbourhood Pub, Eighteen27 Piano and Martini Bistro, Riders, Fort Langley Pub, the Shark Club, Browns, Hush, Rendezvous Pub, Fox N Fiddle, Fox & Hound Tavern, Dublin Crossing Irish Pub, just to name a few.
98 Experience farm life from Langley's pioneer days.
The Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead at Campbell Valley Regional Park in southwest Langley is a designated historical site with restored buildings dating back to 1898.
99 Take the canoe or kayak out for a spin.
There's canoeing/kayaking at two Greater Vancouver Regional Parks in Langley:
- Campbell Valley Regional Park, southwest Langley.
- Glen Valley Regional Park, northeast Langley (remember, the Fraser River is best for experienced paddlers).
100 Telephones are historic.
Alder Grove Heritage Society operates the Alder Grove Telephone Museum at 3190 271st St. Call 604-857-0555 or visit www.telephonemuseum.ca.
101 Seek the biggest and baddest in recreation vehicles and accessories.
Shop the the Lower Mainland's RV mecca along the Langley Bypass.
102 Develop your public speaking skills and confidence.
Local Toastmasters clubs offer a fun and entertaining environment of fellowship:
- Cloverdale: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Clayton Heights School, 188th and 70th Ave. Info: cloverdale.toastmastersclubs.org or Evelyn, 604-842-8005
- Langley morning: Tuesday, 7 a.m. at Langley Township Civic Facility, fourth floor. Info: www.langleymorningtoastmasters.com or 778-242-2848.
- Township: Tuesday, Noon to 1 p.m. at Township Civic Facility, 4th floor, Yorkson Room. Info: Tanis, 604-532-8064.
- Walnut Grove: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Dorothy Peacock Elementary, 20292-91A Ave. Info: 604-318-9321.
- Langley City: the Langley City Hall CKF meeting room at 6:45 p.m. Info: John, 604-530-2075 or email@example.com.
- Trinity: Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Loewen Room, Trinity Western University. firstname.lastname@example.org.
103 Visit a most picturesque community hall.
Fort Langley Community Hall, on Glover Road (9167), right in the middle of Fort Langley, is the village's community centre, and has been captured by many tourist's lenses - including tourists from Hollywood who use it often as a backdrop in feature films.
104 Putt a bit of practice into your swing.
There's a full putting green at Thunderbird Show Park's equestrian facilities, as well as at most of the golf courses in the area.
105 Have a ball_ at the game.
Langley Blaze premier and junior baseball teams take on some of B.C.'s best on their pristine field at McLeod Athletic Park, 214A Street and 58 Avenue throughout the spring and summer.
106 BMX on a dirt track.
The Langley BMX Association facility is at 20699 42nd Ave. Visit www.langleybmx.ca.
107 Tennis, anyone?
There are numerous venues throughout Langley to spar at the net.
108 Make waves along the Fraser River.
Open to jet skis and motorized boats, the river can be accessed via boat launch at Fort Langley Marina Park, off Church Street.
109 Listen to the Sounds of Summer.
A weekly concert series features two different artists per night, plus a variety of music genres, at Douglas Park Spirit Square, 20550 Douglas Cres., 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
110 Grab a paddle and make a splash.
Find out more about the Fort Langley Canoe Club, a group of people who enjoy paddling competitively and recreationally, at www.fortlangleycanoeclub.ca.
111 Get married with history.
Milner's community centre started as a Methodist Church in the early 1920s.
You can find out lots more online at: www.milnerchapel.com.
112 Visit working artists during a studio tour.
Langley is home to a range of talented artists working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and others. Their fourth annual Langley Artists Studio Tour will again offer a unique opportunity to see inside their studios and catch a glimpse of their artistic process. The fourth annual tour takes place over two weekends, Sept. 22-23 and 29-30, to allow time for visitors to travel around Langley to see all the studios. Maps showing the list of participating artists and the locations can be downloaded closer to the date at: www.langleyartstudiotour.ca.
113 Play on the playground, even in a wheelchair.
Kids or parents with disabilities can still get out onto the playgrounds at several Langley parks, including Douglas Park at 206th Street and Douglas Crescent, Linwood Park at 201A Street and Michaud Crescent, and Portage Park at 204th Street and 51st Avenue.
114 Take flight from water
Fort Langley Airport uses the Fraser River as its runway. Find it a short, scenic drive, about two kilometres east of Fort Langley on River Road.
115 Share your photographic talent with people who share your passion.
Langley Camera Club meets on the second, third, and fourth Wednesday each month, at Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Rd.
116 Walk with horses, and help someone.
Equestrian therapy is offered, with the help of volunteers, at:
- Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, 1088 208th St., call 604-530-8717.
- Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Assn., 3330 256th St., 604-857-1267.
117 Drive on one of B.C.'s oldest concrete roads.
Many of the concrete slabs that still make up Old Yale Road, from Fraser Highway (between Langley City and the Langley Regional Airport) to Murrayville, were poured in 1922. The road beneath the concrete dates back to before the 1870s.
118 Take your golf to a whole new level.
There's a two-storey driving range at Langley Golf Centre.
119 Beyond the summer:
- BC Rivers Day, Sept. 25 at Williams Park
- Country Christmas Parade and Celebration, Dec. 3, downtown Langley
- Christmas in Williams Park, Dec. 5-17
- Arbour Day, April 2013, Derek Doubleday Arboretum
- Langley Walk, first Sunday in May 2013
120 Produce in a historic setting
The Fort Langley Farmers Market is open for business on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the garden at Bedford House.
121 Connect with the literary world.
Hunt out books on CD, magazines or compelling novels at any of Langley's seven libraries.
- Aldergrove Library
26770 29th Ave., 604-856-6415
- Brookswood Library
20045 40th Ave., 604-534-7055
- City of Langley Library
20399 Douglas Cres., 604-514-2855
- Fort Langley Library
9167 Glover Rd., 604-888-0722
- Murrayville Library
22071 48th Ave., 604-533-0339
- Muriel Arnason Library
#130 20338 65th Ave., 604-532-3590
- Walnut Grove Library, 8889 Walnut Grove Dr., 604-882-0410
122 Turn it up
The Langley Events Centre is home to many sporting events but it's quickly becoming a popular place for arts and culture events, a nice size venue that has ample parking and amenities. On July 7, Dr. Satinder Surtaaj, an artist, artist, songwriter, singer, composer and poet, performs. It's also the site of the outdoor Langley International Festival Aug. 25 and 26.
123 Look up_ look wa-a-a-y up!
There's some great sky-watching to be had at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park.
Every August, the Perseids meteor shower fills the park with astronomers and people who enjoy spectacular sights in the night sky. This year's Meteor Shower Watch is Aug. 11.
Of course, the dazzling display of shooting stars is visible to the naked eye, but the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will make some telescopes available to help you find other wonders of the heavens. Listen to stories and songs around the campfire. You can camp overnight.
The event is cancelled if there is complete cloud cover, so confirm in advance. It's $2 per person. Call 604 530-4983.
124 Mount up!
An equestrian trail system runs through much of South Langley.
125 Find even more Things to do around Langley this summer and all year round in your community newspaper.
The LangleyAdvance, distributed to homes and businesses throughout the Greater Langley area, offers extensive listings of things to do in and around Langley, through its "Community Links" column on Tuesdays and "What's What?" on Fridays.