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 www.langleyadvance.com. Search “Langley things to do.”

And you’ll find lots of ideas at Tourism Langley (www.tourism-langley.ca), 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 www.Facebook.com/LangleyAdvance.

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

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