A visit to the picturesque town of Fort Langley is like a
flashback in time. It is the home of
the Fort Langley National Historical Site and the buildings are of historic
heritage. New ones must also build to
|Fort Langley storefronts|
The Hudson Bay Company established a fur trading post near
this location and was the first to bring business here. By 1830, it had become a major export
port. The destination for the salted
salmon in barrels made from Douglas Fir, plus cedar lumber and shingles was the
|Fort Langley Historic Site of Railroad Station|
The Fort Langley Railroad station is at the heart of the
town and is the home of the museum and a gift store. It also has a rail car and caboose that can
be visited. The volunteers of the
Langley Heritage Society put a lot of time restoring and managing this historic
site and that shows with the lovely grounds and displays that are seen.
There is no lack of independent businesses with eighty of
them lining the tree lined streets.
There is such a variety to choose from, unique stores as well as services
and restaurants. No chain stores are to
be found in Fort Langley.
|Tree lined Glover Road|
A major sawmill opened in 1921 and it pulled the area out of
a very long struggle with years of the threat of invasions, Gold Rush days and
the arrival of the railway early twentieth century that removed the jobs of the
port. These Horse Chestnut trees were
planted along Glover Rd., the main entrance to Fort Langley in 1921 and still
stand strong and welcoming after nearly 100 years.
|Community Hall and Library|
The Fort Langley Women’s Institute founded the Fort Langley
Community Improvement Society in 1924 in order to build their Community
Center. This grand building was
completed in 1932 as the Community Hall and is well used to this day. It has been featured in several film and
|Stately home of history|
I wasn’t able to learn any history about this building which
is home to a business now, but it is very stately looking and I could not
resist showing this beauty. It would
likely have been the home of one of the wealthier families in the town!
|Bedford Channel at Fort Langley|
The Bedford Channel separates the mainland from McMillan
Island, which is accessible by the Jacob Haldi Bridge from Fort Langley. We started over hoping to see the old ferry
terminal that would take passengers to Albion on the other side of the Fraser
River, but hadn’t realized that it was no longer accessible since the opening
of the Golden Ears Bridge in 2009.
|Albion Ferry Landing|
We then crossed over the Golden Ears Bridge to find the
museum of Maple Ridge. A lot of the
Webster family history is recorded here but not accessible to us without an appointment
so after a short tour of the museum, we went onto find Albion, another family
connection. It is now a very industrial
area as well as a Fisheries and Oceans branch.
|Webster's Corners School|
Webster’s Corners was named after the pioneer James Webster
who is Keith’s great grandfather. There
is very little to mark the corner on Dewdney Trunk or the history that would
come with it other than the school built on the corner that carries that name.
I have a hard time bypassing snow covered mountains without
taking several photos. This is Mt.
Baker, which sits just across the border into Washington State and can be seen
in the distance in the photo taken at the old Albion Ferry landing.
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