This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fort Langley train station.
The public is invited to join in the celebration on Saturday, June 20, beginning at noon, with RazzMaJazz Traditional Jazz Band.
Opening remarks and a cake cutting will follow at 1 p.m. on the train station grounds, at the corner of Mavis Avenue and Glover Road.
“Bring the family and show them that history does not have to be something you learn in school, but exists in this fun community,” says a release from the Langley Heritage Society, the group hosting the event.
The celebration will include a display of railway photos by the Langley Camera Club. The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday June 21.
The iconic heritage station was built in 1915 by the Canadian National Railway, two blocks west of its current location.
The design was one of the CNR “third class” plans.
In 1918 the Canadian Northern Railway became part of Canadian National and the station was expanded.
The arrival of the train was not just a daily occurrence, but a lifeline to the town. The building remained open until the 1980s.
After it closed, the Langley Heritage Society relocated and restored the station. In 1984, it was declared a heritage site.
The beautiful gardens are maintained as a memorial to the station agent and his wife who took loving care of this important piece of Langley history.