Langley, both city and township, is Metro Vancouver’s easternmost community south of the Fraser River. Outside its municipal centres are pastoral acreages, many of them homes to horses and market gardens. Side roads lead to farm stands and wineries, and views of Mount Baker dominate. Vancouver may have its waterfront; here, it’s the snowcapped peak that people prize.
Situated about 45 minutes east of Vancouver on Highway 1, Langley counts distribution companies, food processors and Trinity Western University, a private faith-based college, as major employers. Blueberries are among the predominant crops, with many growers belonging to the South Asian community.
Distance from Vancouver and relatively ample development opportunities have helped keep house prices affordable, though developers also produce high-end residences that play on the area’s bucolic heritage. Old mill sites on the Fraser River have created waterfront properties, often including trail systems that make the most of the natural setting. Fort Langley, home to a large number of artisans and craftspeople, is a quaint scenic element.
Demographics and Amenities
Population (next census 2011) - 106,332*
Average Age - 40.1 years
Area - 316 square kilometres (122 square miles)
Area within the Agricultural Land Reserve - 75 percent or 235 square kilometres (91 square miles)
Acres of Dedicated Park Land
1,233 total acres of park land
342 acres of active park land
529 acres of passive park land including undeveloped park land
324 acres of acquired conservation land
38 acres of greenways/trails