We’re Big on Agribusiness!
According to Statistics Canada's 2006 Census of Agriculture, the Township of Langley has more farms than any other municipality in British Columbia – 1,292 to be exact.
This figure represents 49.4% of all farms in Metro Vancouver or 6.5% of all farms in BC. Statistics also tell us that with total gross farm receipts at the municipal level (totalling $228,440,789), we rank third in the province.
Agribusiness in the Township is diverse. With an abundance of agricultural land, we continue to offer future growth. Some current agribusinesses include:
- commercial scale dairy operations
- livestock breeding
- poultry operations
- export-oriented wineries and greenhouses
- equestrian activities (riding, breeding, training)
- commercial scale berry farming
Greenhouses in the Township of Langley account for 23.6% of the total greenhouse area in Metro Vancouver and 14.4% of BC’s. We have 163 farms producing berries and grapes and six wineries.
With a local equine industry valued at over $60 million annually, the Township of Langley has become the Horse Capital of BC producing horses that perform at world-class levels.
Approximately 429 farms have produced more than 3,858 horses and ponies, representing 7.2% of the provincial total. We have commercial breeding and training facilities as well as recreational riding, both of which are supported by an extensive array of services including:
- equine veterinarian practices
- BC's only neonatal horse hospital
- feed and tack shops
- bedding suppliers
- boarding stables
Thunderbird Show Park is an 85 acre (34 hectare) world-class equestrian facility that features three indoor show arenas, nine all weather rings, and one five-acre Grand Prix field. The Show Park hosts six major show jumping tournaments throughout the year, accommodating stabling for more than 800 horses.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has information on BC’s horse industry and links to a range of horse-related resources including:
- BC Horse Industry Overview
- BCMAL Horse Fact Sheets & Publications
- BC Horse Financial Programs
- BC Horse Government & Industry Contacts
- Horse Council BC
Click here to find horse industry strategy information in our Document Library.
Click here to find other agriculture-related information in our Document Library.