Fort Langley, British Columbia

Edgewater Bar Trail

It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something.  ~Charles Dickens

Besides having great outdoor resources, British Columbia has a lot of history.  Many people don’t know that BC was born in Fort Langley and started as a trading post for furs and beaver pelts by the Hudson’s Bay Company which was built in 1827 and is still around today,  known as The Bay.  It is part of the Township of Langley but has maintained its quaint appearance.  The city hall is a classic site and there are still Victorian style houses in the area.

Near the top of the hill is the actual fort which is now a major tourist attraction.  It lies along the Fraser River and to celebrate Canada day it is often open to the public free of charge.  There are demonstrations and people in costume.  As you walk around the fort grounds, the staff is more than willing to tell you about the history of this place.  Just outside of the fort is an old train car and train station that is no longer in use but adds to the appeal.

All the shops and cafes in the area are restricted.  This means that there are no chain stores or restaurants.  The are all local and unique to the area.  Because Fort Langley runs along the Fraser River, there are many walking and cycling routes.  The most popular ones would have to be Derby Reach and the Fort to Fort Trails.  These run from the fort itself all the way to the Golden Ears Bridge if you wanted with a series of other trails connecting it:  Edgwater Bar, Edge Farm, Houston, etc.  Trails are clearly marked and because it is not exactly a loop, you are able to go out as far as you want, turn around and head back.

We started at 208 street at a small parking area and headed out along the Edgewater Bar along the Fraser River for 5 kilometres before deciding to turn back.  There were plenty of people out and it was nice to get away from the city and cars even though part of the trail went alongside a country road.  We passed a cattle farm where I had to stop and say hello.  In return, I was greeted with a kiss from the calf.  Being licked by a young cow is a strange feeling for sure.

Also along our route we passed a little farm where it was feeding time for the cats.  We saw geese and a giant heron‘s nest in the trees as well.  The roads and trails are full on informational boards and antique farm equipment and landmarks.  The city of Langley has done a good job in maintaining the feel of the original Fort Langley area while adding its own unique touches.

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