Langley is home to a large variety of trails for walking, running, riding, dog walking or biking that are sure to please any outdoor enthusiast.
Starting with the “Granddaddy” of them all is the Fort to Fort trail in Fort Langley which, at 12 to 15 kilometres (depending on the route you take) will take you along the Bedford Channel portion of the Fraser River.
Beginning at the Fort Langley Historical site the trail takes you to Derby Reach Regional Park, giving you stunning views of the river and mountains as you pass the luscious vegetation and wildflowers that grow along the path. Plenty of geocache sites can be found in Derby Reach Park. Inside Derby Reach Park is an off leash dog park at the Fraser River, camping and lots of fishing sites.
The Houston Trail is an one hour forested, gravel loop trail that connects up to the Fort-To-Fort. You can park at the entrance to the heritage apple orchard on McKinnon Crescent. For those looking for something other than the Fort to Fort Trail, why not try the Trans Canada Trail. Beginning on Glover Road at the old Albion Ferry Crossing, make your way to Francis Avenue, turn right on Church Street, left on Mary Avenue and finally make your way to 88 Avenue. Then just follow the road to your heart’s content.
Langley Township is extend ing the trail system from Derby Reach Park to the Golden Ears Bridge.
The trail will extend from its current end point at 208 St. and Allard Crescent to the bridge.
The trail will go along the west side of 208 Street, separated from the road. It will then go west on 102B Avenue to 201 Street, on the shoulder of the road. In the long-term, the Township would like to put the trail along the dyke to the north of 102B Avenue, but does not yet have permission to do so.
The trail will then go south on 201 St., on the east side of the road. The existing sidewalks will be widened to three metres. It will then connect to the pedestrian and cyclist ramp to the Golden Ears Bridge, at 201 Street and 100A Avenue. In January, the provincial government has announced $100,000 in funding toward construction of a 5.8 km bikeway that will run from 208 Street to Golden Ears Bridge. The money will be used to widen the shoulders of Allard Crescent on both sides of the road to accommodate cyclists. Completion should be in 2014.
One of the larger trails can be accessed from both Walnut Grove Community Park and 91A Avenue. From there, the possibilities are endless as the trail is connected with almost all the other trails in the community.
The trail itself covers most of the park allowing you to wind your way through the natural beauty of this community landmark. But if you want to cover more ground, continue on by way of the North West Langley Trail which will bring you to McClughan and Dorothy Peacock parks. Or take the West Munday Creek Trail which will lead you south through a wonderful conservation area. For those avid walkers, or those just looking for an adventure, as you walk along the North West Langley Trail you will stumble upon 200 Street or the Carvolth Trail; one of Langley’s bigger trails.
Dog lovers fear not, Walnut Grove has you covered as well. Just south of 96 Avenue is the Langley Lane Greenway. Stretching between 208 and 216 Streets the trail features an off-leash dog park. So after a long, relaxing walk, your four-legged friend can run to his heart’s content.
The ever-growing community of Willoughby is also home to the Carvoth Trail. Continuing on from Walnut Grove the trail eventually ends at 69 Avenue Langley Meadows Park is the place to be if you’re looking for trails that you can walk to. With a lovely trail that circles and bisects the park you don’t ever have to leave. But if you want to, head north from 64 Avenue along Willoughby Court, you’ll pass Meadows Edge Park and eventually come upon 68 Avenue. From there you can continue along Routley Trail or head west and make your way to Willoughby Trail.
Despite being a smaller town Aldergrove residents have plenty of trails to choose from. Almost every park or conservation area has a trail winding through it. The largest is in South Aldergrove Community Park; entering the trail on 29 Avenue opens up several possibilities as you weave through the many playing fields on the grounds.
In addition, the Fraser Greenway along Fraser Highway is perfect for family outings. The trail isn’t overly long and there is a playground to stop at and enjoy a few laughs. One of the more popular trails in the community is Bertrand Creek Trail it takes walkers on a memorable tour of this lovely conservation area. Over the past couple of years the community has banded together to help keep the trail and creek clean.
And of course, Aldergrove is home to the famous Aldergrove Regional Park. Operated by Metro Vancouver, this community gathering place is filled with more than enough trails for everyone to enjoy. Featuring Pepin Brook Loop and Rock ’N Horse Trail the park offers more than 10 kilometres of hiking and cycling trails, as well as riding trails. So watch your step! Trails are now the main attraction at the park as Metro Vancouver has closed the once popular lake.
One of the most popular trails in Brookswood would probably have to be the Noel Booth Park Trail. Thistrail weaves through the park’s six baseball diamonds and continues through the serene back woods. There is plenty of parking in the lot and along 36 Avenue.
Brookswood is where you’ll find Campbell Valley Regional Park. The mammoth of a trail system features 29km of hiking trails, 14km of horse riding trails and 1km of biking trails. Stretching from 20 Avenue to 4 Avenue between 200 Street and 216 Street this park is sure to challenge even the most active person in your family.
South Langley Regional Trail is one of the hidden treasures. Stretching from 216 Street to 256 Street between 4 Avenue and 0 Avenue, this 11km trail is open to walkers, riders and bikers alike. One of the most beautiful portions of the trail is Irene Pearce Loop Trail in the Municipal Natural Park. This wooded trail is home to many wild animals and birds that raise their young here.
Not to be outdone, the City boasts several parks and trails that are sure to thrill any nature lover. The romantic Sendall Gardens trails take you on a fabulous tour of this quaint little park. Passing the legacy garden, tropical greenhous, duck ponds and water features, you probably won’t ever want to leave. Make sure to go during spring blooming season as the park will be a plethora of colour. Not only is Sendall Gardens a great place to take a walk, it’s a popular setting for engagement and wedding photos.Park access points on 49, 49A and 50 Avenues.
Brydon Park itself is a magnificent nature reserve with trails galore, a water fowl habitat and its very own lagoon. But what makes Brydon Park even more appealing is that it is connected to almost every other park in the city.
Beginning at 50 Avenue and following the trails of southward you can access Buckley Park and its many playing fields. Continuing on the same trail, this time going east, you will eventually stumble upon another of Langley’s many off-leash dog parks. Or, if you head north from 50 Avenue you will get the grand tour of Brydon Park before finally settling in at the popular Portage Park.
Please note all trails and paved paths aren’t listed.
For a complete list and detailed maps of trail locations please visit: tol.bc.ca, city.langley.ca.ca or metrovancouver.org.