It’s the first Sunday post-Once Upon A Time S5, so I would like to cheer up my fellow international OUAT-fans with another OUAT destination to visit if they’re ever in Vancouver, British Columbia: Fort Langley. In my World of OUAT post, I mentioned that the Storybrooke Town Hall is actually the Fort Langley Community Hall. Fort Langley is around 48km east of Vancouver (still in the Greater Vancouver Area), which is around an hour’s drive from [Mainland] Vancouver. (Steveston, on the other hand, is around 20km south of Vancouver, but also takes around the same amount of time to drive or bus down.)
Along Glover Road, a popular shopping street, you’ll find many colourful Western-style (restored late-1800’s) buildings. It’s a great place to find some good vintage and antique deals.
Fort Langley Community Hall (Fort Langley Community Improvement Society)
The pretty yellow community hall has housed the Fort Langley Community Improvement Society since 1924. It was formed by the Ft Langley Women’s Institute, established in 1914. Today, the hall is always busy with weddings, auctions, meetings, filming and more. For a look inside the hall, click here.
Have Afternoon Tea at the Little White House & Co
One of the best places to have afternoon tea in the Greater Vancouver Area is at the Little White House & Co. In this charming white house from 1910, you’ll be able to shop for jewellery and clothing, and take tea in the Salon Cafe. Afternoon tea costs C$22 (I seem to remember it was tea for two but it is most likely per person, before taxes) and is served daily between 10:30/11-17:00. Guests can enjoy finger sandwiches, scones with raspberry preserve and Devonshire cream, and an assortment of pastries and fruit, as you can see from the photo below:
For other tea places in Langley, see Tourism Langley’s blog post.
Visit Fort Langley National Historic Site
Painting of the birth of British Columbia 🙂
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This former trading post once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and is considered the ‘birthplace of British Columbia’. (Put this down on your list for visiting on Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day, or check the calendar for other events.) The 1827 HBC fort is set in the late 1800’s, right around the time of the gold rush. Children and adults will get to pan for gold (the itsy bitsy gold pieces, if you’re lucky), see muskets being fired, climb the wall for a nice view of the fort, and listen to stories told by fur traders, blacksmiths, and the First Nations. Tickets range from $3.90-7.80/person.
Visit the historic CN Station
If I remember correctly, this little museum of the Canadian National station is free and you can see a model of what the station and town had looked like in the past. Built in 1915, the CN Station was in use until 1980, when passenger service was terminated. It was then moved east of its original location (on the corner of Mavis Street and Glover Road in Fort Langley) in 1983 and designated as a heritage site in 1984.