The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) is situated on the picturesque campus of Trinity Western University, a small liberal arts university located in a rural setting on the outskirts of Langley. Located just north of the US-Canada border about 30 minutes east of the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada (population 111,000) is sandwiched between the magnificent peaks of the volcanic Cascade Mountains and the beautiful British Columbia coastline. Langley is centrally located in the lush Fraser River Valley, which is known as the wine country and equestrian capital of southern BC. The region boasts scenic beauty and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, mountain climbing, fishing, and camping. The spectacular scenery of the Cascades (mountains, lakes, and waterfalls) and the British Columbia coast are both within an hour’s drive of Langley. We will be organizing two day trips this summer—one to the mountains and one to the coast. Many students and staff also use these getaways to add a weekend camping trip to their BC experience.
The Trinity Western University campus includes beautiful trails winding through thickly forested tracts behind the campus, Trinity Lake at the front of the campus, a self-guided nature trail running through a natural area along the banks of the Salmon River (part of the Fraser River Salmon Enhancement Program) and multiple open sports fields to enjoy soccer, football, ultimate Frisbee or an evening stroll.
Langley is a place of history, culture and recreation and is a popular tourist destination. Nearby historic Fort Langley was the first European settlement in lower BC and served as the launching point during the Fraser River Gold Rush of the 1850s.
Winter rains and cool temperatures create an abundance of greenery during the summer and the summers in Langley usually see very little rain, with an average temperature of 17˚C/62.5˚F.
Although set in a rural atmosphere, the TWU campus is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver—one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Hemmed in by the shores of the Pacific Ocean on one side and the towering slopes of the Coast Mountains on the other, Vancouver—Canada’s third largest metropolis with over 2 million residents—was recently designated the World’s Most Liveable City and Top City in the Americas by two well-known publications. Vancouver is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to golf, hike, ski and swim (outdoors) all in the same day; it is a recreationist’s paradise.
Vancouver is also well known for its magnificent cityscape and ethnic diversity—over half its population speak something other than English as a first language. The city has a plethora of exquisite ethnic dining and shopping opportunities, and numerous beautiful open spaces, lush parks, and spacious waterfronts. Regional attractions include verdant rainforests, world-class parks, zoos, gardens, and museums.
BC is also world-renowned for its majestic mountains and beautiful coastline. Enjoy alpine skiing in Whistler, BC; Vancouver (and nearby Whistler) even served as host for the 2010 Winter Olympics. There is much natural beauty nearby and we plan several weekend getaways (including campouts) together to enjoy the scenic mountain and coastal beauty. We also organize day trips to local communities to enjoy the multi-cultural urban diversity. An active person will never run out of things to do.