Langley Township’s location on the Fraser River and the Bedford Channel is a major strength. Mayor Alberts has been a great proponent of building on this strength for a number of years. Even prior to being elected as Mayor in 1999, he was an advocate for implementing waterfront enhancement plans that date back to 1987. In his previous role as the Township’s Director of Community Development, Alberts was instrumental in land acquisition for the Fort to Fort Trail and Brae Island Regional Park. During his time in office: key connections of the Trail were accomplished, the new 150 acre Regional Park has been opened to the public, and another strategic acquisition will allow for Marina Park to be connected to Glover Road in accordance with the 1987 Official Community Plan. A new rowing and paddling centre on the Bedford Channel will serve the growing importance of Langley’s waterfront. With the closure of the Albion Ferry when the Golden Ears Bridge opens in July of 2009, the Trans Canada Trail will follow the Fort to Fort Trail, the Edgewater Trail to Derby Reach and a new trail connecting Derby Reach to the Bridge. Alberts’s vision also includes further trail enhancements east of Fort Langley along the waterfront. He has been instrumental in promoting waterfront trails on both sides of the Fraser River with Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional Districts. Alberts expects that the Provincial Government will also come on board to support this initiative.

See also: Langley Times article - Racing Hot Spot - July 1, 2008

See also: Building Community through Partnership – Bedford Channel Dredging