Vancouver Day Trip: A Winter Getaway to Fort Langley
Fort Langley is rich in Canadian history, being the birthplace of the original Hudson’s Bay Company and the fur trade. This quickly-expanding suburb has a lot to offer, with its surplus of farms that supply the majority of the local produce in Vancouver’s farmer’s markets. Take a tour of the city with these top recommendations, and you may never want to leave.
Start your day with a coffee and stroll through Williams Park
Williams Park is spectacular, especially when it snows. Follow the frozen stream as you wander through the trails as you take in the sights. You’ll be braving the great outdoors so be sure to bundle up!
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Get your adrenaline pumping at the go-kart track
If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush, give the local track a go at Fast Track Indoor Karting. With racing at 75 kilometers per hour, you’re sure to satisfy your need for speed.
Make a pit stop at Osso Lunchroom – a perfect place to grab a bite
A trip to Osso Lunchroom is sure to delight your tastebuds with rustic italian food. We chose Osso for its comfort food, like pizza, pastas, and chicken cacciatore. They’re sure to fill your bellies and warm your heart.
Time travel to the days of the fur trade
A trip to Langley wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada. Rich in Canadian history, Fort Langley is the birthplace of the original Hudsons Bay Company where they established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast over a century and a half ago. Many of the original elements from the trade days still remain. See where Aboriginals brought furs and fish to the trading window, how furs were compressed before being shipped to London, and even pan for gold!
5 o’clock – Time to Sip Local
The town of Langley is home to a few local hidden gems of wine. At Krause Berry Farms, you’ll find wine tasting tours accompanied by beautiful cheese boards. Head over to the restaurant for corn pizza, nachos, quiches and more. In the summer, Krause Berry Farms is home to U-pick berry fields, a market, bakery, plus a number of homemade treats like ice cream and fudge.
Forgo traditional entrées for share plate and tapas at local restaurant, Eighteen 27. You’ll find an intimate, candlelit space with delicious small plates and killer cocktails. One of their signature cocktails, and our personal favourite, the Avation, is sure to take you to new heights.
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If you want more local history, see our article on Vancouver’s Industrial Neighbourhoods.