Thursday 15 December 2011

Fort Langley - October 2011

When Marco and I were visiting with his family in Canada this fall, he took me to a small town called Fort Langley, just outside Vancouver. It was a lovely sunny day and we spent a whole afternoon exploring. 

We first visited the Fort Langley National Historic Site. This is an open air museum on the exact spot where the Hudson's Bay Company created a trading post in 1827, which lead to the exploration of the area and finally to the creation of the province of British Columbia in 1858. You can read more on the fort's history here, if you are interested. 

The museum is really well curated, with many items that conjure up the lives and times of the first European settlers and their interactions with the native First Nations people. The buildings are even staffed with people who get into character for demonstrations and talks. They were also really helpful in case you had questions.


After leaving the museum grounds, we went for a look around the historic town, which has some beautiful old wooden buildings and a few cute stores and eateries.

To wrap up the day, we went for a spot of antiquing at the treasure trove which is The Village Antiques Mall. I could have bought so much, I think Marco was glad there would be restrictions on our luggage on the way home. There were vintage pyrex, crockery, fabrics, kitchen paraphernalia, books, clothes, magazines, knick-knacks galore! At a fraction of the price that you would pay for the same things in London. 

This was only one of the antique stores I visited, in addition to a few thrift stores, and now that I know what I am missing I am even more jealous when our North American blogger friends post about their thrifting trips!

Guess what I took home...


© Text & Photos - Annika - All The Live Long Day (unless otherwise stated).


  1. Hey Annika! Just an awesome post! Ironically, I lived in Langley for a few years and I never got to Fort Langley and that beautiful Village Antiques Mall during that time. I could kick myself for not taking the time to explore these wonderful places. I went to Fort Langley on a school trip more than 30 years ago.

    Thanks for the tour. I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!

  2. p.s. forgot to say how much I love A&W for its burgers and fries! Adore their glasses too.

  3. Stunning photos as always.
    Love that we can see you in the mirror. x

  4. love the tea cups, especially the cross stitch ones! ooh, they would be lovely for a cup of port.....

  5. This looks like a wonderful place to visit Annika, and your photographs of it are just fantastic!

    Thank you so much for taking us along with you, and for sharing at The Creative Exchange this week.

    I wish you a beautiful Holiday.


  6. Love your post! Nice images....they tell the story very well! Merry Christmas!

  7. What a great place to visit and explore! I think I could spend days there.


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