Fort Langley

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: N side Langley (City), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°10'00''N, 122°35'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92G/2

Origin Notes and History:

Fort Langley (Post Office) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Confirmed 11 Februrary 1936 on 92 G/2. Form of name changed to Langley (Community) 31 December 1982 on 92 G/2.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Langley Post Office was opened 1 March 1875. Changed to Langley Fort Post Office 1 December 1912 and so-identified on BC Lands map 2B, 1915. Changed to Fort Langley Post Office 1 July 1925.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named after Thomas Langley, Hudson Bay Company director (1800-30). In October 1824 Governor Simpson of the HBC, under the misapprehension that the Fraser River provided a navigable route to the Interior, wrote: "I imparted to Mr. McMillan my views in regard to extending the trade to the Northward of Fort George [Astoria] and pointed out to him the importance of having an Establishment at the mouth of Frazer's River [sic]....". Later this same year Chief Trader McMillan made a reconnaissance of the Lower Fraser Valley and in 1827 founded Fort Langley. In 1839 the original fort was abandoned and a new establishment [at the site of present-day Fort Langley] built.

Source: Nelson, Denys; "Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River"; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives