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.
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
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.
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.
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
Boulevard into Whalley and the newly developed area called City
Centre or out the Fraser Hwy 1A towards Fleetwood.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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