1858 engraving of Victoria

Colonial History Vancouver Island

Maureen Duffus - Author and Historian


Old Langford:

An Illustrated History 1850-1950

Old Langford
Old Langford: An Illustrated History 1850-1950
Author: Maureen Duffus
Published 2003, Victoria, BC,
Town and Gown Press
ISBN 0-9733809-0-X

Soft cover, 192 pages,
150 illustrations, maps Bibliographical references, index

$29.95 CDN

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Victoria's Cinderella Community

Langford is the only one of Greater Victoria's 12 surrounding towns to boast a genuine, gold rush in its colourful past. It takes its name from the controversial Captain Langford, the retired British Army officer who came to Fort Victoria as manager of the 600-acre Hudson's Bay Company farm he called Colwood. Those who remember the much-maligned Langford of the mid 20th century are surprised to learn that it was once a favourite recreation destination for thousands of Victorians: day-trippers to the elegant Goldstream House in the 1880s and 90s (thanks to excursion fares on the new Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway); hunters who built their lodges on the shores of the lake near the mountains; and the summer colony of well-to-do city folk at Langford Lake.

Langford went into an economic decline in the first part of the 20th century. It has recently surprised everyone by becoming the fastest growing little city on Vancouver Island, with big box stores and new residential developments all over town, and a totally new look for the sprawling district that became a city in 2003.

This well researched book, illustrated with archival photographs, snapshots lent by pioneer families, and maps locating former landmarks records both sides of Langford's earlier history.

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