The Langley Walk

Timms starting point of Sunday’s Langley Walk

A Langley tradition that started in 1963 is being held on Sunday, starting from the Timms Community Centre.

Lace up those walking shoes, Langleyites: a local tradition is right around the bend.

The annual Langley Walk returns May 1, starting at 1:30 p.m. from the new Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent.

The free walk is part of the fabric of Langley.

For more than half a century, the Township of and City have teamed up to present the walk, a free day of fun and fresh air that promotes exercise and good health.

The event encourages residents to come out and explore their neighbourhoods and enjoy activities and entertainment.

The walk was started in 1963 by Pete Swensson, Langley Township’s first Recreation Director, who was passionate about getting people involved in fitness.

The inaugural event drew roughly 500 people, who walked a 22-mile course that stretched from Aldergrove Park to River Road, from Fort Langley to City Park. The walk hit its peak in the 1970s, attracting more than 5,000 people.

The walk is held in a different community each year, and this year’s event will take place in City’s recently completed recreation centre and community hub before winding through the City’s streets, floodplains, and parks.

“The 54th Langley Walk will showcase some of the hidden gems in the City of Langley,” Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer said. “We are excited to have the Langley Walk in the City this year and it is always encouraging to see the community’s commitment to the annual event.”

Participants can walk, run, bike, and push strollers along a five- or 10-kilometre route.

Registration and entertainment starts at noon, leading up to the walk.

After the walk, guests can enjoy a free snack, more activities, and entertainment.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles.

All walkers are eligible to win draw prizes and everyone who finishes will receive a commemorative crest.

As well, trophies and prizes will be presented to the oldest walker and the elementary school, middle school, secondary school, organization, and family with the most walkers.

“This is a long-standing Langley tradition that people look forward to year after year,” Township Mayor Jack Froese said.

“Some people have been doing the walk for decades. It is really inspiring to see walkers with jackets or vests filled with all the crests they have collected. They wear them with a real sense of pride.”

For more information call 604-533-6086 or 604-514-2940, or visit or

Volunteers are also being sought to help with registration and route marshalling.

Lunch will be provided and organizers can provide confirmation of volunteer hours for high school students.

To help out with the walk, email or

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