Advance View: Be a tourist in your own town

It’s something that’s so obvious, that we tend to forget it sometimes, but we live in a pretty darned awesome place.

And now is a good time for a reminder, with the sun shining down and the mercury rising, to take time out to explore your own neighbourhood.

Let’s face it, playing tourist at home is a win, all around. It saves you money – no huge gas bills for those long road trips – and it saves the headaches of packing and getting stuck in traffic on long car rides.

Plus, it gives you a chance to support your local merchants. While you’re out exploring, take the time to fill a picnic basket with lunch from a local deli, or enjoy a local ice cream cone, or browse the local shops for a new hat or a pair of walking sandals.

If you’re not sure where to start, then let us help you. Here’s a quick list of things to enjoy in Langley this summer:

• See what the farmers are doing. The Circle Farm Tour is a road map to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors and more. Brochures are available at Langley Township’s Civic Facility and at participating farms.

• Stroll the Nicomekl River. Langley’s Rotary Clubs have provided a pleasant nature trail through the Nicomekl flood plain, with footbridge crossings of the river.

• Grab a paddle and make a splash. Head to Fort Langley, and watch the canoes and kayaks come and go.

You know what? There’s way too much to list here. We have a much longer list online (and we’ll freely admit that we aren’t even covering it all there, but it’s a decent start) at Search “Langley things to do.”

And you’ll find lots of ideas at Tourism Langley (, too.

While you’re out exploring, stay in touch. Share your adventures and photos of Langley fun with us via Facebook. Connect with us at

We’d love to see your proof of what we all know: that Langley is awesome.

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