Grant’s Landing is Langley, B.C.’s, float home community, a collection of 33 floating homes moored at the foot of 208th Street on the Fraser River.
Monty Grant and Marlyn Sparks founded the community back in the early 1980s. Sparks lives on land, and Grant on his houseboat. Sparks spoke to the Langley Advance Times in 2017. She was 93 at that time and had no intention of leaving.
“It started with Monty’s boat, coming up the river,” Sparks said. The land was zoned for a marina, and more and more float homes were added over the years until it was a true community.
In the 1990s, the community had dubious legal standing. But negotiations with Langley Township saw it bring in modern sewage connections, fire hoses, and electrical hookups, and it was brought into compliance with local bylaws.
“We went through all kinds of hoops,” Sparks recalled.
— Files from the Langley Advance Times
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