Surrey: The City of Parks
Surrey is a city located in the province of British Columbia and is a member of the Metro Vancouver municipality. It is also the province’s 2nd biggest city in terms of population, right behind Vancouver. Surrey is made up of six town centers namely Whalley or City Center, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Guildford, Newton and Fleetwood.
Situated just 30 minutes southeast of Vancouver, Surrey continues to attract guests with its seamless mix of urban amenities and abundant greenery. From its alluring parks to big box shopping centers, Surrey is a place that you shouldn’t miss on your travel list. With sports like rodeos and hockey, Surrey is Canada’s 21st century multicultural destination featuring families from different lifestyles and ethnic backgrounds.
Surrey offers a wide range of accommodation, including town homes, single family homes and apartments, starting at $120,000 for single bedroom units. Three bedroom detached homes are usually priced at $550,000 or more. The premier, upscale neighborhoods in South Surrey are popular for their multi-million homes with majestic views of the oceans and mountains.
Shopping & Recreation
Surrey is a beautiful city endowed with more than 600 greenbelts and parks. Spend an entire morning watching birds at Blackie Spit or perhaps take a stroll along the Crescent Beach. Bear Creek Park features a miniature train that lets guests explore the entire area. The park is also home to the Surrey Arts Center, with exhibitions from local and international performers. The city’s past comes alive with the Historic Stewart Farm, a 19th century farm house that highlights orchards and gardens.
Avid shoppers drive to Guildford Town Center, , the region’s largest shopping mall with more than 200 retailers and 12 movie theaters. Semiamhoo Shopping Center and Central Shopping Center are filled with brand name outlets. Guest can also score high quality used goods in the Cloverdale Flea Market.
Early roads and trails helped to boost settlement in this city. The first trail was built in 1861 by the Kennedy Trail. The trail was built to provide a route between the pasture land on Mud Bay and New Westminster. Today, Surrey has three active train networks namely the Southern Railway of British Columbia, BNSF Railway and the Canadian National Railway. These systems stretch across Surrey to east side provinces and southward to the U.S.A. TransLink offers public transport and connects some of its centers to each other and other lower mainland areas. The Vancouver International Airport is only 35 kilometers away from Surrey by car. The airport services destinations to Europe, Canada, Asia and North America on a daily basis.
As the biggest public school district, Surrey’s School District 36 manages the 100 elementary schools and 21 public schools in British Columbia. Some of the private schools in Surrey include Pacific Academy, Holy Cross Regional High School, Southridge School and Surrey Christian School. Surrey is also home to the 3rd campus location of Simon Fraser University. SFU provides cutting edge college programs and studies in World Literature, Criminology, Applied Sciences, Interactive Arts, Technology and Business Administration. Surrey also offers private colleges such as CDI College, Vancouver Career College and Sprott Shaw Community College.