All eyes are on Surrey. The city’s population growth is outpacing Vancouver’s. As well as a world-class university, it boasts a strong tech sector and an innovative business environment. Approximately 800 people move here every month to enjoy its ample green space, stunning beaches, rich heritage, and thriving arts and culture. If you’re lucky enough to live here, we have a few ideas for enjoying Surrey to its fullest.
Surrey’s 6000 acres of green space encompass walking trails, forests, sandy beaches, and gardens. Bear Creek Garden is considered one of Metro Vancouver’s best public gardens to inspire your green thumb, and Bear Creek Park’s miniature train ride provides adventure for the little ones. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by opportunities to view wildlife in the wetlands of Surrey Lake Park or Blackie Spit Park. Surrey also has numerous urban parks with playgrounds and water parks for splashing down in the summer heat. A day at White Rock beach, with its warm, shallow waters, long pier, ice cream parlours, and marvellous stretch of sand, is an outing the whole family will enjoy. And Crescent Beach is a charming little village of cafés, bakeries, heritage homes, and quiet country lanes.
Surrey’s rich agricultural heritage comes alive at the Historic Stewart Farm, where you can see how one of our pioneering families, the Stewarts, lived in 1894. The site hosts seasonal special events, demonstrations, heritage craft activities, and tours with costumed guides. Later, have a picnic on the grounds, or explore the network of trails.
Surrey’s creative vibe is alive and well, home to many art galleries and artists’ studios. But you can also enjoy its progressive art scene from the great outdoors, thanks to the many public artworks placed throughout the city. Surrey’s Public Art map takes you on a tour. Situated in parks, along pathways, on SkyTrain pillars, and historic high streets, a walk through these sculptures and mosaics makes for an entertaining and enriching few hours.
Visit the Tourism Surrey site [http://www.tourismsurrey.com]; its resources aren’t just for visitors, but also for locals who’d like to find out about just how much their own backyard has to offer.