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09 Oct, 2013

Celebrating the Local Harvest

Categories: Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Wine & Food

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 14th in Canada.  Langleyites celebrate the holiday and the harvest season, as do many Canadians, with a traditional feast featuring a plump and juicy turkey as the main course, with a side of cranberry sauce of course.  Langley has long historical ties to both turkey’s and cranberries that might surprise you.

01 Oct, 2013

An Apple a Day…

Categories: Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Wine & Food

The apples are crisp, sweet, tart, juicy and tasty.  Harvested within the last couple of weeks they are plentiful and will never taste quite as great as they do right this very minute. Thanks to some recent stats from the Ministry of Agriculture, I discovered that BC produces almost 30% of the apples grown in Canada, up to 195,000 tonnes…that is more than 1 billion apples.  And, that the average British Columbian will consume 75 to 100 apples per person per year.   That is a lot of apples!  Are you doing your part?

25 Sep, 2013

Heritage Apple Day

Categories: Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Wine & Food

Apple trees have a long history in Langley, dating back to the 1,800’s.  In Derby Reach Regional Park, these tasty trees teach us about our rural past, as well as the settlement history of the Fraser Valley.  Domestic apples appeared in the Pacific Northwest along with early settlement.  The stock now located in Derby Reach was probably brought by Hudson’s Bay Company workers from their original planting spot in Fort Vancouver (now Vancouver, Washington) in 1827 or 1828.

17 Sep, 2013

An Equestrian Experience

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture

Nestled between historic Fort Langley and the beautiful Glen Valley Thunderbird Show Park is truly a place one needs to visit when traveling through the Fraser Valley.  The park covers 82 acres and can house a maximum capacity of 900 horses in their stalls.  Thunderbird hosts competitions and a variety of events all year long including six major Hunter & Jumper show tournaments.  They are well known as being one of the top Show Jumping parks in North America, but they also host shows for Arabians and Quarter Horses, Western and Dressage competitions.  Thunderbird Show Park has been rated #2 in all of North America, coming second only to the prestigious Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.  Established in 1973, it is celebrating 40 years in Langley this year.

10 Sep, 2013

BBQ on the Bypass

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Wine & Food

When the sun is shining and the skies are blue it means that it’s time to bring out the Barbeque. Grab the family and indulge in a variety of BBQ chicken, brisket, ribs, pork, and pretty much anything else you can BBQ at the 8th annual BBQ on the Bypass.  Every year people from all over come and enjoy what this event has to offer with a variety of fun entertainment to delectable food.

03 Sep, 2013

Canning Ahead

Categories: Agritourism, Wine & Food

What’s old is new again…canning and preserving is the new black.  I don’t know how or when it happened but real food is making a comeback.  I don’t care how it got here, I am just glad it arrived.  You can see it in the faces of the people that shop at the local farmers market – they eye up the produce, find inspiration and mentally process the endless possibilities, it is so much fun to watch.

28 Aug, 2013

My Experiences as a Visitor Counsellor

Category: Uncategorised

It’s that time of the year again where kids are getting ready to start school in September and summer is drawing to an end. We hold dear our summer memories and embrace the change into fall and a new season. This past summer I was lucky enough to work as a Visitor Counsellor at the Langley Visitor Centre. Throughout the past few months I had the opportunity to meet and greet local and international visitors to Langley and share with them all the amazing things that our community has to offer. It is always fascinating to meet visitors traveling to my home town and getting their perspective on Langley and British Columbia as a whole. They would always tell me how beautiful it is here and how lucky we are to live in the Lower Mainland. The visitors are always friendly and all have such great stories to share about where they come from. One of the benefits of working in the Visitor Centre is it kept me up to date on all the fun events happening in Langley over the summer. Some of these events I attended to represent Tourism Langley and the community, which was a lot of fun.

19 Aug, 2013

Fun in the Sun

Category: Activities & Recreation

Looking for a fun way to cool down this summer? Look no further than your local water park! Langley has a wide selection of water parks and outdoor pools that will surely help cool your family down while creating great family memories. When I was young I remember going to some of the following Langley parks and pools with my family and we always had a great time. The parks were an affordable day trip that the whole family would enjoy. We would pack a delicious picnic lunch and spend the entire day at the park. My brother and I would go crazy playing in the water and my parents would pull out the lawn chairs and relax as they watched us play. We would tire ourselves out by the end of the day and fall asleep on the car ride home. I couldn’t wait to go back to the water park, because there was always a new adventure to be had.

07 Aug, 2013

Bard in the Vineyard – A Perfect Pairing

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture, Wine & Food

When a local drama group partners with a local vineyard for an alfresco production of Shakespeare you get – Bard in the Vineyard. Over a couple weekends in late July, Township 7′s picturesque south Langley vineyard was the stage for Bard in the Valley’s performance of ‘The Comedy of Errors’.

31 Jul, 2013

Celebrate British Columbia this Weekend!

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture

It is only the end of July and I can already say that it has been one of those summers!  I’m not talking about the amazing stretch of blue skies, bountiful berry season or lazy weekends spent soaking up the sun.  This is the year that friends and family chose to visit B.C. and in particular – me.   In my world, we call this VFR tourism or simply, visiting friends and relatives.  In recent weeks, I have become a master at my craft, showcasing all the amazing things to see and do in my own backyard.  I’ll never forget my cousin’s question this past spring when I suggested she break tradition of spending her whole summer at the cottage north of Toronto and actually leave Ontario.  I thought it would be a great way to celebrate her 60th birthday by experiencing B.C. for the first time in her life.  “Is there anything to do there?” she asked.  The heartfelt thank-you’s, the overweight suitcase charge at the airport, and the numerous calls since she left last week telling me how much this trip touched her is every indication that we found a lot of wonderful things to see and experience.