Surrey - BC

Welcome to Surrey the "City of Parks"

simon fraser university surrey bcThe tenth largest city in Canada and the second largest in British Columbia. Surrey, one of the fastest growing major cities in Canada, is strategically located at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, Greater Vancouver and the United States.

In Surrey, you will be able to find all kinds of affordable accommodation options that cater to your needs. From the comfort of brand name hotels and motels to the warmth of bed & breakfasts. There are also more than 10 campgrounds and RV Parks in the city for nature lovers.

Easy and convenient access to Vancouver international Airport, two international border crossings into the U.S., an excellent transportation network including six major highways, rail and a deep sea port provide ideal opportunity for transportation of goods and services worldwide. A network essential to the demands of a vibrant city and its growing business sector. Surrey officially became a city in 1993 and over the past few years has undergone tremendous change and growth and the overall quality of life has risen to new and impressive heights.

Surrey is also home to Simon Fraser University Surrey is one of three Simon Fraser University campuses located in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland areas of BC, Canada. Established in the spring of 2002, SFU Surrey offers undergraduate studies in arts and social sciences, applied sciences, business administration, education, mathematics, and science; graduate and professional studies in applied sciences and education; and a number of credit and non-credit continuing education courses. 1,600 students attend classes at SFU Surrey's current campus location. In September 2006, Simon Fraser University opened its permanent campus in Surrey's Central City building – an award-winning architectural complex that will be home to over 5,500 SFU students within the next ten years.Surrey is able to offer visitors a rich blend of diverse landscapes, abundant parks, rich cultural opportunities and excellent recreational choices.

redwood parkNatural Choices: With over 6,000 acres of parkland, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy Surrey's natural beauty. What other city can offer you beautiful urban forests, pristine beaches, championship golf courses and a whole host of eco-tourism opportunities? More than 400 parks, green forests, serene rivers and beautiful gardens make Surrey a natural choice for family activities. Outdoor opportunities range from corn mazes to farmers’ markets and from trout fishing to ocean kayaking. Nature walks are available throughout the city.

Surrey has an extensive system of pathways and over 210km (130 miles) of signed, bicycle friendly routes. There is plenty of opportunity to get away from it all for a little fresh air recreation. Surrey has something for everyone. Surrey also has some of the finest sports facilities in the region, and has played host to many regional, provincial, and international events. Outstanding aquatics centres, state-of-art soccer fields, world class gold courses, and the country’s third largest rodeo are but a few of the offerings available for sports enthusiasts, Facilities throughout Surrey provide families with a venue for all sorts of indoor and outdoor sports competitions. For sporting activities, Surrey is second to none.

elgin heritage parkCultural opportunities: Are limitless, Our museums contain a rich store of historical material to connect visitors and residents with the city’s heritage. Elgin Heritage park invites visitors to step back in time to the days of horse drawn from tools, hand churned butter, and wood stove cooking with guided tours, demonstrations and special events offered year-round. The adjacent Hooser Weaving Centre offers demonstrations, courses and workshops.

The Surrey Arts Centre near Bear Creek Park, offers art exhibits and programs to delight all ages. Surrey theatres attract performing arts and the city offers world-class theatres that host everything from community celebrations to tourism symphonies. Arts, sports ecotourism, agri-tourism and adventure tourism all combine to make Surrey a natural choice for family outings and a popular recreation destination for all.

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A Brief History:

chathamWhen European explorers, road-builders, loggers and settlers first came to this area, the Semiahmoo and Kwantlen First Nations People had already been present for more than 6,000 years. The settlements along the mouth of the Fraser River, at Crescent Beach, at the mouth of the Campbell River and in the north along the sheltered bends of the Fraser River were well established villages and temporary or seasonal settlements.

Community life centred on a hunting and fishing; tidal resources of shellfish, river supplies of salmon, herring, and oolichans, and shorelines and forests of birds, deer, elk and bear provided ample resources to support life in the delta of the Fraser River. The Campbell, Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers were the inland routes used for trading and communication.

The coastal waterways connected the First Nations to the surrounding communities. cannery pointIn 1792 Captain George Vancouver began a detailed survey of the Coast of British Columbia. He sailed with the ships Discovery and Chatham. Captain Vancouver's party saw what was the Straits Salish temporary summer camp at Cannery Point. They must have seen the frames of houses or the drying racks upon which the fishermen put their fish. The Salish did not stay at Cannery Point the year round. However, in late June, July, and August it seethed with activity. At this campsite the fishermen constructed small houses, and on the beach in front of the houses ran the drying racks, about fourteen feet high, and the whole length of the beach.

Incorporated in 1879, Surrey has a rich history of people with diverse ethnic backgrounds who have come together to make Surrey one of British Columbia's most unique communities. The land was forests of fir, cedar and hemlock, basically untouched. Logging began, the land was cleared, settlement took place and Surrey started to take shape. As you drive throughout the city take notice of heritage markers bearing the names of the early settlers to the area such as Johnston Road, Sullivan Station and Hjorth road to name a few..

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