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Surrey - Attractions and Places of Interest

bear creek trainBear Creek Park Train - Bear Creek Park - Open 365 days a year from 10:00am each day. Located in Bear Creek Park this attraction offers fun and adventure for the whole family. A historic miniature diesel and steam engine train ride takes travellers through a magical forest and display tunnel. - A must see for tourists of all ages!

Historic Stewart Farm - Open: mid-February to mid-December, Tuesday to Friday 10 am-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-4pm. The Historic Stewart Farm features a beautifully restored 1894 farmhouse, pole barn, and heirloom gardens in a pastoral setting on the Nicomekl River. regular events include tours by guides in period-style costume, woodstove cooking, heritage crafts and participatory old-fashioned parlour games. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic or enjoy a stroll on the network of walking trails.

peace archThe Peace Arch - Located on the Canada and U.S. Border The Peace Arch Provincial Park is unique in BC's system of provincial parks. Its location straddles the 49th parallel, with its planning and development done in conjunction with Washington State Parks. With its formality of beautiful lawns and gardens, this park is like no other. The Peace Arch, dedicated in 1921, was the first such structure in the world. It was built on the International Boundary between Canada and the United States to commemorate the lasting peace between the two countries. School children from the United States and Canada donated money for the purchase of the land surrounding the Peace Arch and in 1939 the Canadian portion of the Peace Arch Park was officially dedicated. The park provides opportunities for walking, indoor and outdoor picnicking and a playground for children.

Surrey Museum - The new Surrey Museum is open and yours to discover! Unique artifacts, images and interactive displays have been put together in a stunning and modern new space that highlights Surrey's history. Enjoy attractive expanded space for programs, 42 - seat orientation theatre, fun and exciting temporary exhibits.

Hours:Tuesdays to Thursday: 10:00am-6:00 pm, Friday and Saturdays: 10:00am-5:00pm
Admission: Adult: $5, Seniors & Students: $3.75, Child & Youth: $2.50, 5 & Under: Free.

surrey arts centreSurrey Arts Centre - Explore and experience the visual and performing arts in stunning surroundings. Music and dance performances as well as professional and community theatre productions are presented in the Main Stage and Studio Theatre. Changing exhibitions of contemporary art are featured in the Surrey Art Gallery, Tech Lab and the lobby. The Gift Shop offers unique and finely crafted original artworks by various local artists.Permanent art on display includes "Out of Thin Air" by Alan Storey, a series of large copper panels that reveal words and symbols in frost. We're located in beautiful Bear Creek Park where parking is free. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Surrey Art Gallery The Surrey Art Gallery is a major public art museum that focuses on art made since 1975 including national traveling shows and new works by local and nationally recognized artists. The Gallery's TechLab provides opportunities to learn about and experience contemporary art using new medias such as computers and video. Local art organizations display their work in the Surrey Arts centre lobby. A full program of artist's talks, workshops and Family Days accompany exhibitions. Admission to the exhibitions in the Gallery and TechLab is by donation.

Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition - Every May, on the Victoria Day long weekend (May 18-21 2007) the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair welcomes North America's top cowboys. The event has become much more than a rodeo featuring 150 acres of family oriented entertainment including agricultural/horticultural exhibits, a tradeshow, parade, midway rides and special features creating a fun-filled long weekend. The Rodeo and Country Fair features the West Coast Lumberjack show, lawnmower races, bike trails and the Kids Korral.The exhibition, along with a wide assortment of family activities, truly makes the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition "much more that just a rodeo".

blackie spitCrescent Beach/Blackie Spit - For a little tranquility and quaint beach village atmosphere take a relaxing stroll down the graveled walkways of Crescent Beach. Go for a swim in the warm waters of the protected swimming area or build sandcastles on the sandy beach. Wander through the charming stores and enjoy the varied restaurants along the main strip. Next to the beach area is Blackies Spit, one of the best bird watching areas in Canada with almost 200 species of birds recorded over the different seasons. The sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and Eelgrass beds, is an important stop for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America.

Fall migrants start arriving in late August and September, with spring migrants arriving in mid-March and gone by the end of May. The park is managed as a wildlife conservation area and habitat enhancement activities are ongoing throughout the park. The sand bars are a favourite resting place for Harbour Seals and their pups.

Darts Hill Garden Park - Darts Hill Garden is a rare jewel within Surrey. Given to the city in trust by Edwin and Francisca Darts, this garden estate features thousands of species and varieties of plants from around the world. What began as the work of two individuals to create orchards and flower gardens grew into the creation of a unique plants man's garden, arising from a bountiful array of horticultural expertise and a profound love of plants. The garden is internationally renowned and visited by interested keen amateur gardeners and professional horticulturists from around the world. Garden is closed annually in August and December.

elginElgin Heritage Park - Elgin Park is the setting for the Historic Stewart Farm with its historic Pole Barn, Bunkhouse and Hooser Weaver Centre. The park has been left to mature in its natural state and includes nature conservation areas, Ward's Marina and a network of accessible trails. Modern conveniences include washrooms and picnic areas.

Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino - is one of the premier entertainment destinatons in the Greater Vancouver Region, featuring state of the art gaming facilties and standard bred horse races. The Casino offers 420 slot machines including Electronic Blackjack and Touch Bet Roulette, year round simulcasting of standard bred and thoroughbred racing from around the world and live horse racing that runs 10 months of the year. There is a sports bar, a completely remodelled clubhouse, buffet resturant and Pacers Bistro so you will never be hungry.

Rainforest Reptile Refuge - is one of Surrey's most unique attractions to visit, and is a sure hits with kids and adults alike. The refuge was established as a shelter for abused or unwanted reptiles and amphibians, and is now home to some of the Lower Mainland's most exotic creatures. You can view nearly 400 animals including snakes, crocodiles, spiders, frogs, lizards, turtles and more. The Refuge is run by the Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and raising awareness about these exotic, often misunderstood, animals.

eaglesSerpentine Fen - The Serpentine Wildlife Area (SWA) better known as the Serpentine Fen and managed by Ducks Unlimited,is an excellent area to observe a wide range of wildlife species year round and is located in one of Canada's most densely populated wintering areas for waterfowl, raptors and shorebirds. The Fen includes many different types of habitat in its 150 acres, and is home to more than 130 different bird species.The extensive freshwater marshes and the small tidal brackish water marsh are important to wildlife populations.

September and October is the busiest birding season and in the winter months, many birds shelter in the Fen where there is open water and a good natural food supply. The wildlife and habitats of SWA can be experienced via the network of designated public trails( round trip 3.5 km), some with dense hedgerows. There are three covered viewing towers.

A covered picnic shelter is located off 44th Avenue. In addition to mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and fish, 175 bird species have been recorded. Some common sights are: the Great Blue Heron, Cormorants, Waterfowl, Owls, Hawks and Eagles, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Muskrats, Coyotes, Harbour Seals, and Frogs.Don't forget to wear your boots; it can get quite soggy at times!

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