Trinity Western University is a peaceful, scenic campus nestled in the heart of historic Langley. Be sure to check out all that this growing city has to offer, from its heritage museums in Fort Langley, to its world-famous wineries, to its multitude of coffee shops, eateries, and specialty stores. After exploring some of the attractions located in BC’s birthplace, make the short, 45-minute trip to the real highlight of the province – beautiful Vancouver. Surrounded by water on all sides, Vancouver’s metropolitan cityscape set against a background of mountains will surely delight. An equal mix of indoor and outdoor activities will keep you busy as you explore parks, beaches, shopping strips, markets, art galleries, and more.
- Fort Langley: As the birthplace of BC, Fort Langley imparts a true sense of BC’s history to its visitors through attractions such as the Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley Centennial Museum, and the Birthplace of BC Gallery. Stroll through the village’s shopping core to visit antique stores or to grab a quick bite to eat at a coffee shop.
- Aldor Acres: Experience the agricultural past – and present – of Langley firsthand at Aldor Acres, a farm just east of Fort Langley that offers hayrides, dairy farm and apple orchard tours, and farm animal visits.
- Wineries: Langley is the home to many world-famous wineries, some of which include free wine tours and tastings. Some top picks are The Fort Wine Co, Township 7, and Chaberton Estate Winery.
- Shopping: Take a stroll down Langley’s one-way downtown shopping core, home to many restaurants, art galleries, and specialty stores. Or if in need of some retail therapy, head over to Langley’s Willowbrook Mall.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo: Home to lions, and tigers, and bears, BC’s premier zoo is located in Aldergrove, just 20 minutes away from the Trinity Wester University campus. Enjoy a North American Wilds Safari Bus Tour as well as a Lion and Tiger Feeding any day of the week.
- Stanley Park: Situated right beside Vancouver’s downtown core, Stanley Park is a wooded sanctuary for city travelers. This 1,000 acre park is the home to cedar, hemlock, and fir trees, as well as the Vancouver Aquarium, a miniature train, a pitch and putt golf course, and more. Take a leisurely walk around the park’s seawall to enjoy a spectacular view of the ocean and mountains.
- English Bay: If it’s the beach you want, head over to Vancouver’s West End and English Bay. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy or sip a cappuccino as you watch the waves rolling in.
- Robson Street: No city tour is complete without a visit to its shopping district, and Vancouver is no exception to the rule. In a three-block stretch between Hornby and Bute Street, the famous Robson Street shopping strip is home to dozens of designer stores, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Pick up a new pair of shoes, some Roots gear, and a Canada flag before heading back home.
- Vancouver Art Gallery: After shopping on Robson Street, head over to the Vancouver Art Gallery located at Robson and Hornby Street. The largest art gallery in western Canada, the VAG houses over 200 pieces of artwork by BC’s acclaimed artist Emily Carr as well as hundreds of pieces from artists all over the world.
- Granville Island: Head just outside of Vancouver’s downtown core to Granville Island, a small nook of an island that boasts a public market, an art school, theatres, jewelry stores, and art galleries. Enjoy some fish and chips while listening to a street performer or shop for some fresh fruits and vegetables.
Take some time to enjoy one of the local restaurants in Langley and Fort Langley or venture a little further to experience a top notch dining experience in Vancouver. Whatever your preference – Southern style BBQ, Indian, or Japanese – there’s an eatery right for you.
- Enjoy world-class wines with your meal at Bacchus Bistro at the Chaberton Estate Winery. Lunch is served Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm and Dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Call 604.530.9694 for reservations or visit domainedechaberton.com to view their menu.
- For a Tex-Mex flavour, head to Aldergrove (27248 Fraser Hwy.) to visit Del Pollo Restaurante, which offers dishes such as prime rib and chili, as well as live music. Visit delpollo.com or call 604.857.0566.
- A restaurant we all know and love is the Olive Garden. For scrumptious Italian cuisine and a familiar menu, head to 20080 Langley Bypass. Call 604.514.3499 to make a reservation.
- For an Indian flavour, visit Vij’s at 3106 Cambie Street. While this intimate restaurant uses its spices and cooking techniques from India, its meat, seafood, and produce is found locally. Dinner is served from 5:30pm. Visit vijs.ca or call 605.736.6664.
- For some down-home Southern style BBQ cooking in this west coast city, try Memphis Blues at either 1342 Commercial Dr. (604.215.2599) or 1465 W. Broadway (604.738.6806). Whether you order the Memphis Feast or the Elvis Platter - full of rib ends, pulled pork, and cornbread - you will leave completely satisfied.
- And a trip to Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without visiting a Japanese restaurant. Although they can be found on almost every street corner, visit Tojo’s at 1133 West Broadway, which has been voted as the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver for nine consecutive years by Vancouver Magazine. Call 604.872.8050.