Langley is a blend of urban and rural streetscapes, a city surrounded by a much larger township where 10-acre estates provide generous retreats. The city encompasses Langley’s commercial heart, while the township features equestrian acreages alongside berry farms, wineries and the country’s largest licensed cannabis greenhouse. Roadside stands are popular tourist stops and a chance for locals to stock up on local bounty. Relatively cheap land prices keep local housing in demand. Warehouses with their well-paying jobs have located here too, thanks to the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Pitt Meadows and other municipalities north of the Fraser are now within the ambit of Langley residents thanks to the Golden Ears Bridge, while international border crossings in Surrey and Aldergrove are minutes away. Transit connections link the Langley's to SkyTrain in Surrey, while Highway 10 is a southern route to Delta and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Abbotsford International Airport, a short distance east, is a convenient alternative to Vancouver International Airport, thanks to regular WestJet schedules. In addition to primary and secondary schools, the Langley's are home to internationally acclaimed Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s school of horticulture.
The Fraser Valley, an hour’s drive from Vancouver via the Trans-Canada Highway, accounts for more than half of B.C.’s agricultural revenue. But rising housing costs in Metro Vancouver have made it an attractive place for so-called housing refugees who are breathing new life into historic farm communities. Agriculture is being joined by distribution, manufacturing and tech jobs as the Fraser Valley grows into the 21st century.