Langley, British Columbia (city)

The City of Langley is a municipality in Greater Vancouver. It lies directly east of the municipality of Surrey. It is located south of the Fraser River and north of the U.S. border. The City of Langley is not to be confused with the larger Township of Langley.


Early European settlement in the area was known as "Innes Corners" (after homesteader Adam Innes); in 1911, the area became known as "Langley Prairie." The numerous small communities later came together as Langley Township, but owing to its more urban development and related needs (such as street lights), the City of Langley decided to separate and incorporate as a separate municipality on March 15, 1955.


The City of Langley's six Elementary schools and one Secondary school (H. D. Stafford Secondary School) is served by School District 35 Langley. The School District, closed the City's only secondary school and replaced it with a middle school called H. D. Stafford Middle School, despite the prosperity of H. D. Stafford Secondary School. Future High School students from this catchment area will be housed at a neighbouring school in Langley township. The two schools are about 3.7 kilometres apart from each other.

Arts and culture

Langley is the home of a very large annual car show, the "Langley Cruise-In". This event is held each September. Langley is also home to the renowneds Arts Alive Festival in August. The City's high school, H. D. Stafford Secondary School, performs a full scale musical theatre production every February. This year is the comedy Once Upon a Mattress, a parody of The Princess and the Pea, which originally starred Carol Burnett and later Sarah Jessica Parker.


Langley is also a key component in the Canadian federal electoral district of the same name, which was formed in 2004. The Member of Parliament for the constituency is Conservative Mark Warawa.


Langley's community facilities include:


  • From Prairie to City: A History of the City of Langley, Warren F. Sommer, 1995.

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