Langley is nestled in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. One of many little communities in the great outdoors of western Canada, Langley is a great spot to begin a road trip through the breathtaking dioramas of towering mountains and unspoiled forest. The Township of Langley runs from the bank of the Fraser River to the US border in the south.
Langley motorhome rental – compare the top brands
At the edge of the border to the US, Langley offers many choices for motorhome companies. At Motorhome Republic we make it easy to decide by comparing all the Canadian campervan rental companies in one place. Just pick the option that suits you best.
Langley is the first stop on the way through to the wilderness. Pick up the RV and hit the road. RVs here are plentiful, have all the necessary facilities, plus space for the bikes, little ones or kayaks! Smaller converted vans can be a good option for couples as they’re easy to drive and explore, but with only a double bed and cooking equipment it means you’ll need to stay in camping grounds.
Into the wild – take a road trip from Langley
You will need a day to explore Matsqui Trail Regional Park. It’s perfect for those who love the outdoors - go hiking, fishing and even stay the night in your camper. Driving south will take you to the Canadian/US border, and from there Seattle is a mere 2.5 hours away.
Drive east to Chilliwack. It’s only a 30-min trip and has some nice lakefront campgrounds if you want to spend the evening. The Cultus Lake Park is a nice spot for a refreshing dip. There’s a waterpark for the kids to spend a hot summer day and vineyard and winery tours available for adults.
Head to Mission, north of Langley. Here you can visit Westminster Abbey that is perched 180m above the Fraser River. Benedictine monks run a monastery, seminary, college and high school and the views are spectacular. You can also take jet-boat tours of the Mighty Fraser in Mission.
Driving from Langley to Princeton, you’ll travel through incredible vineyards. Stay in Penticton and visit the valley for tastings, but remember not to drink and drive. Penticton to Langley is less than five hours if you do not stop too many times.
Motorhome camping – places to stay around Langley
Hazelmere RV Park & Campground is a pleasant spot to take the family on a camping getaway. You can feed the ducks in the pond, play mini golf and enjoy the company of other travellers. The staff are extremely helpful and the sites very clean.
Troy and Linda of Dogwood camping ground make this campsite a lovely place to holiday. They’re very friendly and keep the park looking its best all year round.
Situated in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs, Mighty Fraser Country Hot Springs RV & Camping is nestled in the magnificent forests and the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake.
Eat local, the varied restaurants of Langley
Outpost Eatery on the Fort Wine Company vineyard has delicious fare to match their wines. Enjoy lunch here as part of a wine tasting and the freshly made soups, salads and cheese platters.
Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Grill is a casual restaurant perfect for a hearty burger. The Avalanche MikeBurger has two patties, Mikesauce, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, onion and tomato on a toasted French loaf bun.
Seh-Mi Japanese Restaurant offers excellent Japanese. Run by a family of Koreans, they present innovative sushi and Japanese dishes. The popularity of this jaunt means you may have to wait to get a spot. Another nice Japanese restaurant is Sushi Gio in Walnut Grove. They specialise in creative rolls and sushi and the lobster roll is worth a try.
For authentic French cuisine bursting with fresh ingredients from the Fraser Valley, head to Bacchus Bistro overlooking the Domaine de Chaberton vineyard. Reservations are recommended.
Field days – what to do in Langley
Little Fort Langley is one of the most picturesque towns in British Columbia. Trees line the streets and 19th century storefronts make for postcard-perfect photo opportunities. Fort Langley is the most important landmark in the area. Hudson’s Bay Company began trading here on the Fraser River in 1827. Blankets, metalware, rope, clothing, etc, came in and were traded for furs, salmon, cranberries, butter and salted meat. In 1858, Fort Langley is where Governor James Douglas established the Colony of British Columbia. It’s a fun place to visit with re-enactments, gold panning and costumes to try on, plus you’ll learn about the history of the area.
Greater Vancouver Zoo is a highlight worth checking out. It’s relatively inexpensive and packed full of animals. For those with a little extra cash, a hot-air balloon ride over the region is a spectacular way to wake up.
Langley has plenty of offerings when it comes to wine tours and is known in particular for its Tuscan wines. Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery tours is one of the most popular tastings. It’s home to the Chaberton and Canoe Cove labels. Considered ‘mad’ to develop the first winery in the rainy Fraser Valley, Claude and Inge Violet of France knew what they were doing and had found a favourable microclimate. Pack up your camper rental and picnic and enjoy the afternoon.
The Fort Wine Company creates great-tasting dessert wines and has a delicious eatery at the cellar door. Other wineries worth stopping by are Township 7 Vineyards, Glenugie Winery and Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery. Remember that driving under the influence of alcohol is not acceptable in British Columbia, so nominate a sober driver or park up the motorhome and take public transport. If you’re looking to purchase equestrian items, you’ve come to the right place. Langley is the “horse capital of BC”, and there are many places to buy whips, saddles and feed.
Langley motorhome guide
A quick guide to your campervan holiday in British Columbia:
Before heading out on the road, make sure all your windows are closed. This helps to keep the fumes outside and prevents dust from entering your living area.
Keep the RV between the lines, only use gradual acceleration and braking, and check your side-view mirrors to see what’s behind you.
Back road or gravel travel may be forbidden in your RV rental – always check first.
Burning garbage in your campfire is a big no-no.