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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.
The Ride into History is a weekend long celebration of motorcycling and the history of BC at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in Fort Langley on July 26-28. The goal of the event is to raise money and awareness for The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope, which recognizes that all people have histories and are working towards bettering their futures. “The Ride into History promises to be a lot of fun, but it highlights an important issue that affects us all,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “We encourage everyone to come out to this unique event this summer, to support the Gateway of Hope and help those in need in our community.”
There has been a heightened level of excitement in the air for several days now – beginning tomorrow, Langley will welcome around 1,500 athletes from all over the province to the community to compete in 12 different sporting events as part of the Special Olympics BC Summer Games. The opening ceremonies take place Thursday, July 11th from 7pm-8:30pm at the Langley Events Centre. We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on these inspiring athletes Thursday night, but also all weekend long at the various venue locations.
We have updated the events for 2016! Check out the blog post here
This year we celebrate the 146th Anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act in 1867. On Canada’s birthday there are a number of activities that families can take part in throughout the Langley’s. From sipping local wines, listening to live music and dining at Neck of the Woods Winery, enjoying a BBQ picnic at Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery, taking in the festivities including a DJ, free ice cream and Vancouver Canadians tickets at Willowbrook Shopping Centre, to historic celebrations in Fort Langley at the National Historic Site, Centennial Museum and BC Farm Museum. If you’re looking to take in the traditional Canada Day celebrations then head to McLeod Athletic Park for rides, entertainment, car show, dog show, ethnic food, pony rides, and of course… fireworks!
June is here, the sun in shining (okay well it was), markets are open, and our local berries are ripe for the picking! This means that Langley’s Circle Farm Tour is in full swing! All stops on the 2013 tour are now open for business which means that you can finally head out to the berry farms and pick that juicy ripe fruit directly from the fields. Strawberries have arrived, and it’s only time before the rest of our favourite local berries can be picked up, farm fresh.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…that is the song that has been going around in my head lately. Yes, I realize it is not Christmas or back to school but it IS one week until the opening day of the Langley Community Farmers Market and that is a little like Christmas to me! If you have not had a chance to visit a Farmer’s Market in previous years, you are absolutely missing out! Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Courtyard of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, you will find more than 30 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it”. Or spend your Saturday’s strolling through the garden of the Bedford House Restaurant in Fort Langley while browsing the tents of the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market, which takes place from 10am – 3pm and includes another great array of market vendors. The newest market to the area is Milner Village Market located at the Milner Village Garden Centre also on Saturday’s starting June 1st from 10am – 3pm.
The weather this past weekend could not have been more co-operative for writing about a Perfect Weekend. Now of course one person’s perfect weekend may not be another’s but when I travel I love to read about personal experiences, especially from a local’s perspective. As I have mentioned on this blog before, I was born and raised in Langley. I have watched it change and grow, and this year seemed like an appropriate time to reflect a bit on my home town. I have a birthday coming up that may or may not start with a 4 and end with an 0. So with that I thought I would share with you what my perfect weekend in Langley would include and maybe take a little trip or two down memory lane while we are at it.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and just in case you haven’t already, mark your calendar for the second Sunday in May – this year, May 12th. Now, not everyone is a Mother but the day is also a day to celebrate and honor motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers. Some of us may have gained a new Mom through marriage or have a motherly, nurturing person that influences our lives. I am a Mom to two great kids that make my life more interesting and fun than I could have ever imagined. I have also gained four “part time” sons as a billet family for the Langley Rivermen. I am also fortunate to have a Mom and Mom in law that are there to help whenever I need it.
This year as British Columbian’s we will join our neighbours in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario in celebrating our first Family Day on Monday, February 11th 2013. We are also joining the American states of Nevada and Arizona, the Republic of Vanuatu, Vietnam, and the Australian Capital Territory in official celebrating families on a designated day of the year. This is a day which has been set aside for families to reconnect and spend some important quality time together all while discovering some of the incredible things B.C. has to offer!