Less than an hour's drive east of Vancouver, the small town of Fort Langley is a place rich in British Columbia's short and sometimes volatile history. Bolstered by a recent trend toward renovating the town's old buildings, as well as maintaining the fort after which it is named, visitors will recognize a vintage character to the small town atmosphere.
That being said, the main attraction is the fort itself. An artifact of the early 19th century, when the Hudson Bay Company was ordered to build on the Fraser River during land disputes with both indigenous and American peoples, you'll be able to explore how life was during the 1800's at a fur trading post with tours and viewing activities.
If you aren't the type to watch college kids attempt to convincingly recreate a life of blacksmithing and bonnets, the town itself is worth the short drive, as well as the numerous recreational activities available in nearby Brae Island Regional Park and Kwantlen Reserve.