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After a two year shutdown, the historic CNR Station in Fort Langley will reopen this May Day, Monday, May 23rd. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
After a two year shutdown, the historic CNR Station in Fort Langley will reopen this May Day, Monday, May 23rd. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Canadian Museum of Flight is welcoming back guests. One of this year’s events will be held on Canada Day, as a tribute to the Queen’s platinum jubilee. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley flight museum pays tribute to Queen’s platinum jubilee

‘Royal’ celebrations and projects across the country funded include local Canada Day festivities

Canadian Museum of Flight is welcoming back guests. One of this year’s events will be held on Canada Day, as a tribute to the Queen’s platinum jubilee. (Langley Advance Times files)
Dairy cattle from the North Langley Bethell farm walked across flooded land to higher ground during the 1948 flood, relocated temporarily to a neighbour’s house. That historic flood is most often referred to as the Fraser River Flood. (Langley Centennial Museum/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Flood potential – Preventing what’s to come

Author and historian Jane Watt speaks to flooding – past & future

  • May 14, 2022
Dairy cattle from the North Langley Bethell farm walked across flooded land to higher ground during the 1948 flood, relocated temporarily to a neighbour’s house. That historic flood is most often referred to as the Fraser River Flood. (Langley Centennial Museum/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)

VIDEO: Juno-award winning folk duo showcase B.C. history in new song

Video filmed in historic 153 Mile Store was the ‘perfect place’

Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)
One of 40 Porsches following a historic route passed by the historic Porters Bistro building at the intersection of Old Yale Road and 216th Street in Langley on Sunday, May 1. (Graham MacDonell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Porsches and history prove a good mix

Tour of Fraser Valley rated a success

One of 40 Porsches following a historic route passed by the historic Porters Bistro building at the intersection of Old Yale Road and 216th Street in Langley on Sunday, May 1. (Graham MacDonell/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)

May 3, 1887: Remembering 150 lives lost in B.C.’s worst-ever mining disaster

City of Nanaimo lowering flags to commemorate Esplanade Mine explosion that killed 150

Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)
A former Langley school principal turned Porsche aficionado, Gary Walker, has organized a May 1 ride that retraces the historic Old Yale Trail through New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Rosedale, Cheam First Nation, Popkum, Flood and Hope. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Former Langley principal organizes a trip through history, in a Porsche

Gary Walker wanted to do a ‘little more than just driving’

A former Langley school principal turned Porsche aficionado, Gary Walker, has organized a May 1 ride that retraces the historic Old Yale Trail through New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Rosedale, Cheam First Nation, Popkum, Flood and Hope. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Road workers load a destroyed Russian tank onto a platform in the village of Andriyivka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. Andriyivka was occupied by the Russian troops at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war and freed recently by the Ukrainian army. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Painful Truth: Looting has a long history in war

Russian troops stealing everything they can carry off is part of a long, ugly tradition

Road workers load a destroyed Russian tank onto a platform in the village of Andriyivka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. Andriyivka was occupied by the Russian troops at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war and freed recently by the Ukrainian army. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
The May Day Tea in 2017 was inside the Fort Langley Community Hall. The in-person event is returning for 2022. (Langley Advance Times files)

Tea a time to pick May Day royalty for Fort Langley parade

Past royalty is invited to be part of the celebrations

The May Day Tea in 2017 was inside the Fort Langley Community Hall. The in-person event is returning for 2022. (Langley Advance Times files)
A double-decker London bus that toured Canada to promote the 1967 Sydney Poitier film ‘To Sir With Love’ will be among the classic cars on display at the Langley Area Mostly British club St George’s Show on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Langley heritage hall at 9167 Glover Road. (Langley Advance Times file)

Mostly British car show returns to Fort Langley

Double-decker bus used to promote ‘To Sir With Love’ film among vehicles on display April 24

A double-decker London bus that toured Canada to promote the 1967 Sydney Poitier film ‘To Sir With Love’ will be among the classic cars on display at the Langley Area Mostly British club St George’s Show on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Langley heritage hall at 9167 Glover Road. (Langley Advance Times file)
Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)

Golden’s Swiss Village Foundation crowdfunds to save property

The Swiss Edelweiss Village Foundation has temporarily secured the property

Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)
Jill Etheridge, of Malvern, England, has found a connection to family in Fort Langley while researching family history. This photo is from an Ushaw family wedding. Ushaw was a prominent family name in the community. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Family history buff in England hopes to connect with relatives in Fort Langley

DNA test finds link through her late mother’s cousin

  • Apr 10, 2022
Jill Etheridge, of Malvern, England, has found a connection to family in Fort Langley while researching family history. This photo is from an Ushaw family wedding. Ushaw was a prominent family name in the community. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
THROUGH YOUR LENS: Langley’s Anne-Marie Walsh captured a few pictures of deteriorating history in front of a house in the Forest Knolls neighbourhood of Langley, which is directly south of Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

SHARE: Slice of heritage discovered in Forest Knoll

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

  • Mar 30, 2022
THROUGH YOUR LENS: Langley’s Anne-Marie Walsh captured a few pictures of deteriorating history in front of a house in the Forest Knolls neighbourhood of Langley, which is directly south of Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Volunteers Vaughn Erickson, Sandy Hope, and Murray Robinson put the finishing touches on a new display cabinet at the BC Farm Museum. (Jim McGregor/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: History buffs toil in preparation for re-opening

Volunteers at the BC Farm Museum have been working away for weeks to get things ready for April 1

  • Mar 23, 2022
Volunteers Vaughn Erickson, Sandy Hope, and Murray Robinson put the finishing touches on a new display cabinet at the BC Farm Museum. (Jim McGregor/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Community Secondary School students Jacky Guyho (left) and Iris Okazaki were sorting through historic artifacts in the attic of the Alder Grove Heritage Society museum at 3190 271 St. on Sunday, March 13. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Community Secondary School students Jacky Guyho (left) and Iris Okazaki were sorting through historic artifacts in the attic of the Alder Grove Heritage Society museum at 3190 271 St. on Sunday, March 13. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The Delphi is an ancient sanctuary in southern Greece. (Richard Okrent)

Painful Truth: Words from dragon’s teeth

Myth made a hero out of the bringers of the alphabet

The Delphi is an ancient sanctuary in southern Greece. (Richard Okrent)
About 30 people took part in a Sunday night (Feb. 27) vigil in Langley for the Ukraine, gathering at the Vineyard church, then walking to the cenotaph in Douglas Park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Painful Truth: Peace requires more than golden arches and money

We thought self-interest would prevent more wars like the Russian attack on Ukraine

About 30 people took part in a Sunday night (Feb. 27) vigil in Langley for the Ukraine, gathering at the Vineyard church, then walking to the cenotaph in Douglas Park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A re-enactment of the arrival of the fur brigades during a previous Brigade Days in Fort Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

WEB POLL: How long has your family been in Langley?

From new arrivals to those whose roots are in the Indigenous first inhabitants

  • Mar 1, 2022
A re-enactment of the arrival of the fur brigades during a previous Brigade Days in Fort Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Three-year-old Felix from Yarrow was fascinated by the G Scale trains at one of BC Farm museum’s annual Train Days. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Our View: Get in touch with Langley’s history

Heritage Week is a good time to learn about Langley’s past

Three-year-old Felix from Yarrow was fascinated by the G Scale trains at one of BC Farm museum’s annual Train Days. (Langley Advance Times Files)
Michael Wuensche is a long-time Langley resident, who recently penned his first book, a historical fiction entitled The Untold Stories of Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley history and imagination combine in debut book

The Untold Stories of Fort Langley is centred around ancient battles in the historic village

Michael Wuensche is a long-time Langley resident, who recently penned his first book, a historical fiction entitled The Untold Stories of Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)