Don’t let cabin fever set in this summer! Hop in the car and explore a new-to-you area of Metro Vancouver. We love exploring little pockets of the Lower Mainland in our daytripping, series, and this time we’ve headed east to the Birthplace of BC — Fort Langley.
Before you do anything or go anywhere in Fort Langley, visit Blacksmith Bakery for a coffee, croissant (ham & cheese is our favourite), a cookie necklace, or tasty breakfast sandwich. They have a to die for selection of freshly baked pastries — you can even watch their chefs at work through the big garage doors on the side of the building. Stop by for lunch to enjoy one of their unique pizzas, or even take some pizza dough home to create your own masterpiece. Our favourite part of visiting Blacksmith? They have a great little play area for young kiddos with books, a play kitchen, and a colouring table.
A trip to the Fort Langley National Historic Site is an absolute must when you’re in Fort Langley, especially since admission is free for all of 2017 with your Parks Canada Discovery Pass. Once you pass through the Fort doors you’ll be transported back in time. Learn all about the trade routes of the Hudson Bay Company, watch a real blacksmith demonstration, and pan for gold. Remember to grab a scavenger hunt booklet from the front desk on your way in!
Once you are done exploring the Fort, head a few blocks west to Fort Langley Park. You’ll find an awesome playground shaded by a giant grove of Douglas fir trees. It’s perfectly cool in the middle of the hot summer, and dry during a drizzle. Pack a picnic and eat on one of the many picnic tables or under the covered gazebo. Bring along your bathing suits for a dip in the outdoor public pool, located right next to the playground (see public swim hours here).
Fort Langley is full of cute little one-of-a-kind shops, full of antiques and artisan wares. One of our favourite stops in town is Watermelon Tree Baby & Kids. The Mother & Daughter team has curated the most beautiful clothing, footwear, and accessories for kids, many locally made! You’ll find items from Von Bon, Jax and Lennon, Hunter Boots, Wheat, Charlie Grace, and more in the shop — it looks like our Instagram feed come to life! It’s the perfect place to pick up a special outfit for the first day of school.
Looking for more awesome corners of Metro Vancouver to visit? Check out these other great places, part of our daytripping series:
Yo, mama! Are you a Fort Langley local with family hot spots to share? Got a place you think would be perfect for our next daytrip? Leave a comment below to let us know where (else) to go when we’re in your ‘hood!
By: Michelle Hughes