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Celebrate Canada Day at Langley Airport
June 30 and July 1

We are again working with the Canada Day Society to help attract sponsors to this huge event. Every year it attracts over 50,000 people. Our mission is to find sponsors that wish to have a display at this 2 day show. Sponsors can be on site, have a booth and have the oppourtunity to showcase their business to a huge audience over a 2 day period.  Contact us if you know a business or person that would like to participate.. Sharon & Wally at Traveller's Hotel - Langley BC. or e mail:, Phone 604 533 5569

Fraser Valley Wine Festival
Plan to be in the Fraser Valley between  September 16 and September 25. There will be lots happening at the wineries, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. There are now 12 wineries in the valley in 7 municipalities including Chiliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Delta & Richmond. Scroll for more activities.

Langley Township Regional Airport
Story and photos by Ed Anderson

The question that begs to be asked since it has been much discussed is, do the business communities and indeed the population at large, recognize and appreciate the significance of airports? Furthermore, is there an acceptance of their importance and positive impact on the daily lives of people, combined with the contributions those airports make to existing business connections and the generation of new business opportunities? One would like to think so. But, on the other hand, continuing negatives spun by questionable media coverages, brought on, sometimes, by well intended but misguided "NIMBY's" and political forays, invariably affect the positives which the network of more than 150 land based airports, water based facilities, and heliports can indeed generate for all of British Columbia. The potentials for employment and prosperity are tremendous and we all should be open to the rewards and benefits of progress initiated by airports. A shining showcase examples of successful airport operations is: Langley Township Regional Airport - CYNJ - Tower 119.0

Location: On 216 street & the Fraser Highway, 6 km from the United States border, 45 minutes by road from Vancouver

Businesses on Site: There are upwards of 38 enterprises situated within the airport perimeter covering nearly all facets of the aviation industry, twenty four of which are helicopter related. Also included are three fixed wing flying schools, an R/C Model fabrication business and a very impressive Canadian Museum of Flight located in Hanger 3 which boasts a collection of 23 displayed aircraft. This General Aviation airport is home to some 300 aircraft, commercial and recreational including many pristine antiques and classics. Airport businesses currently employ 160 full time and 40 part-time workers generating in the area of 31 million dollars of commercial income annually. Furthermore, Langley is an approved CanPass Permit airport.

History: The Township of Langley leased the airport (initially a relief airfield under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) from the federal government in 1945, received it's permanent license in 1946, and purchased the airport in 1967 to operate it as a municipal airport. A restrictive covenant in the sales agreement stated that the land could revert back to federal ownership if the Township ceased operating the property as an airport. In 1978, the Township adopted a new policy to operate the airport until 2001. In February 1990, Council extended operation to 2015.

Langley Regional Airport is built on 120 acres with a 2,100' north-south paved runway and a 2,300' east-west grass strip. Only the paved runway has night-time lighting. Runways are supported by a taxiway system and paved parking area. The airport is certified for public day and night VFR operations with hours, 0800 to 2200, Monday to Sunday. As of late there are two fresh new Helipads, giving recognition that the Langley Regional Airport is the largest helicopter airport in Canada.

Community Pride

Residents of the Langley area not only have a thriving successful airport to crow about, their Canada Day celebrations are second to none. 2002 is the sixth consecutive year for the festive affair which has grown to be one of the largest Canada Day Celebrations in the Province, having attracted upwards of 60,000 people annually. The family oriented two day event includes special flying activities, aircraft static displays, a continuous stage show, live musical entertainment, plenty of children's rides, races, games, a petting zoo, clowns, community exhibits by cadets, gymnasts, firefighters, merchants and of course lots of vendors. There has also been a Swearing-in Ceremony of new Canadians each year. The highlight of the July 1st activities is the fireworks display, considered to be one of the best seen anywhere in British Columbia.

More Langley Activities

Spring Bridal Open House & Wedding Fair - Thursday, April 7
Planning a wedding? Don't miss our Spring Wedding Show and bring your friends. The show is open from 5 to 8:30 PM with all the latest wedding trends and ideas. Admission is FREE, and you can relax and visit at your own time and pace. For more information call us at 604 533 5569 or e-mail There will be a total of 50 plus vendors and lots of great door prizes.

Health & Fitness Fair at Murrayville Community Hall - Saturday, February 19 2005
This is a new initative of the Murrayville Hall. We are quite involved  there and this fair promises to be an exciting event. The fair is on from 9:30 AM to 4 in the afternoon. There are still a few spots left for vendors that are interested in promoting their health/fitness product at this new fair. Contact us for more information. You can also visit the Murrayville Hall Web site at or e mail:, 604 533 5569

Most recently, Langley Regional Airport has become homebase to a new addition to the world of airshows, fly-in's and local community pride. We are speaking of the "Fraser Blues," a now certified formation air demonstration team of six aircraft - a Mooney and five Nations, flown by:

Team Lead - George Miller, Airport Manager, in the M20C Mooney,
Right Wing - Willie Paterson, Cassidy, B.C.
Left Wing - Ray Roussy, Surrey, B.C.
#4 - Ed Stacey, Langley, B.C.
#5 - Ken Morely, WA, U.S.A.
#6 - Gord Ball, Abbotsford, B.C.

This team, unlike most others are not in it for the dollars, but rather for the pleasure of performing, the enjoyment of accomplishment as a team, blended with the satisfaction of knowing the spectators were impressed and thrilled by the display of their flying skills. Moreover, I have it on good authority that the primary focus of the Fraser Blues is to appear, not so much at the larger airshows, but instead at community events and fly-ins. 'Keep your ears on, they may be appearing at an airport near you.'

Like any solid family, the communities that work together and play together, most often succeed together.

Story and Photos

by Ed Anderson

Vancouver International Airport - YVR
Jewel of the Pacific Rim, Gateway to the World'

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