Less than an hour’s drive away from downtown Vancouver, Gabriola Park is an ideal place to live for young families, first time homebuyers or families simply looking to downsize. Langley is one of the smaller suburbs in the Lower Mainland, with a population of over 140,000 people in 2016 and the fastest growing municipality in Metro Vancouver.
So what’s attracting more people to make the move to Langley? When it comes to family-sized properties, homeowners get a much better bang for their buck compared to Vancouver. Not only is it a much more affordable option than the city, but it’s the perfect blend of country farmland and modern living in a city at a very affordable price. And it’s an ideal place to raise a family of your own.
Gabriola Park is conveniently located in the Yorkson Willoughby area of Langley, providing families and homeowners with many entertainment options that are accessible by walking distance. Backing onto Yorkson Park and within a 15 minute radius of Willoughby Community Parks for an afternoon stroll or catch a game at the Langley Events Centre, home arena for the Vancouver Giants. Furthermore, a bank, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and Hakam’s Independent Grocer are all a mere 10-minute walk away, inside the Willoughby Town Centre. Not to mention the delicious pizza and sushi restaurant, coffee shop, hair salon, nail salon and veterinary hospital also located in the town centre. There are even more facilities within walking distance to Gabriola Park such as: daycares, dog parks and even a doggy day care.
For a family with children, Langley has events going on all year round providing them with never-ending activities. There are exciting festivals held throughout the year such as the French Canadian Winter Festival, Brigade Days and the well-known Cranberry Festival. If you and your family are outdoor enthusiasts, then there are endless possibilities for making happy memories while spending the day outside. The city is equipped with spectacular natural surroundings such as Derby Reach Regional Park and Campbell Valley Regional Park. At the Derby Reach Regional Park you can find the Fort-to-Fort hiking and cycling trail, along with an abundance of culture and history at this heritage site. Furthermore, the environment encompassing the city provides residents with countless walking and hiking trails, farmlands, horseback-riding ranges and calming streams and opportunities for fishing, dragon-boating, kayaking, and canoeing, as Langley is conveniently situated on the south bank of the Fraser River.
Parents know that when it comes to raising a child, one of the most important things to look for in a neighbourhood is high-quality education. This is another reason why the Yorkson Willoughby area is a prime location for growing families. Gabriola Park is a short ride away from Smilestones Junior Kindergarten Preschool and Daycare, Sunflower Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten, Willoughby Elementary, Richard Bulpitt Elementary, Lynn Fripps Elementary School, Yorkson Creek Middle School and many more.
Langley is home to one of the highest amount of restaurants per capita , and has even been named one of the most romantic cities in Canada by Amazon.ca . Even with Langley’s rapid development and endless attractions, the municipality has effortlessly held on to its charming, small town ambience. Langley is known to be a “pedestrian-friendly” place that embodies safety for families and community living.
There are clearly countless reasons to move to Langley, and if you decide on making the move, consider starting your new life at Gabriola Park!