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Surrey
Surrey is located in the south of Vancouver's Lower Mainland bordering White Rock and the USA border in the south, Delta in the south-west, the Fraser River and New Westminster in the north-west and Langley City and the Township of Langley to the east.

Very Diverse Culture
Surrey is one of British Columbia's largest municipalities in terms of landmass and is one of Canada's fastest growing cities with a population soon to reach 500,000 inhabitants. The city is not only very diverse in both ethnic and cultural differences but also in types of living and building diversity that is found throughout the community.

Sunny Weather
Surrey, especially the southern parts, perhaps enjoy some of the sunniest weather in Vancouver's Lower Mainland and British Columbia. If you enjoy a very temperate climate throughout most of the year without much rain, the climatic conditions are excellent in Surrey for enjoying outdoor recreations such as golf or gardening.

Individual Communities
Surrey is made up of several individual communities called Whalley, City Centre, Port Kells, Guilford, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Newton, Hazelmere and South Surrey. All the communities are very distinct culturally and offer quite colourful differences with lots of opportunities for you to go exploring, shopping, entertainment and to find recreational pursuits.

Pattullo Bridge
One way into Surrey is over the Fraser River on Hwy 99A/1A from New Westminster on the historic Pattullo Bridge, which was built in 1937, Once over the Pattullo Bridge, you then can either travel south down the Fraser River on Scott Road (120 Street) near the Delta border or along the King George Hwy into Whalley and the newly developed area called City Centre or out the Fraser Hwy 1A towards Fleetwood.

King George Hwy 99A
To get to Surrey, if you are coming on Interstate 5 from the United States at Blaine, Washington, take either the Pacific Highway (truck crossing) or the Douglas (Peace Arch) Border crossing. After crossing at the border, you are now in South Surrey and travel on either Hwy 99 to the exit for King George Hwy 99A towards Newton and Whalley or 176 Street to Cloverdale.

Surrey Museum
Located near Cloverdale at 17710-56A Avenue next to the original 1912 Surrey Municipal Hall is the architecturally designed Surrey Museum. This 2,230 sq. metres (24,000 sq. feet) building used wood beams, steel members and a brick fascia to bring alive artifacts from Surrey's past. The museum is conveniently close to King George Hwy for easy access from all parts of the Lower Mainland.

Multi-Use Trails
With a total combined amount of multi-use trails equal to at least 108 km (68 miles), Surrey offers the interested person the chance to experience the outdoors using all types of means. From horseback riding on trails to walking along beautiful beaches, there is a lot to explore in Surrey.

Surrey Parkland
Surrey also has the greatest amount of parks and ecological reserves in Metro Vancouver with numbering around 600. With this amount of green space, you can experience a healthy lifestyle and view untold areas of flora and fauna without the crowds. The environment is clean, the weather quite nice and the options for recreation quite varied, especially when including the other close- by communities of the Fraser Valley.

Redwood Park
This 32-hectare (79-acre) park, located at 180th Street and 20th Avenue in Hazelmere, has always been an enjoyable delight and favourite for locals and visitors alike when exploring around South Surrey. Created by two deaf brothers, David and Peter Brown, who planted different trees from all over the world, Redwood Park offers a wide and unique landscape for visitors.

South Surrey
If you do visit South Surrey, travel near the US border where there is a part of Surrey close to White Rock that enjoys views of the ocean waterfront and parks along the water. One area called Ocean Park has a beautiful park at Kwomais Point where you'll find unobstructed southerly views of Semiahmoo and Boundary Bay.

Crescent Beach
Then, located nearby to Ocean Park, is the village of Crescent Beach which is situated at the mouth of the Nicomekl River. At Crescent Beach you'll find a beach promenade, 'Blackies Spit' wetland nature reserve, trendy ocean view restaurants and cafés plus the Crescent Beach Marina. Crescent Beach also has a nice sandy beach making for a good way to enjoy the hot lazy days of summer.

Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino
One of the Lower Mainland's premier horse racetrack, Fraser Downs, offers great excitement and gaming opportunities. Fraser Downs is located in Cloverdale off 176 Street (Hwy 15) on 60th Avenue. Open year round, the entertainment complex has live racing, promotions such as California Dreamin' where you test your handicap skills and a casino where you could become the next big winner.

White Rock
Although not officially part of White Rock, there is a large section of Surrey that resides along the shores of Boundary and Semiahmoo Bays. Here you can find other beautiful beaches, a historic museum, an ocean pier and a walking promenade that goes along the waterfront.

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