Surrey


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Things are just bigger here. Stretching between the Fraser River and the United States/Canada border, Surrey, with a population of 350,000, is the Greater Vancouver Regional District's largest city, and boasts over 400 parks. An enormous Canadian flag, a legacy of Expo '86, waves proudly just off the Trans Canada highway.

The Skytrain, one of the world's most scenic public transit routes, carries you hundreds of feet above the Fraser River on the SkyBridge. It delivers you comfortably and worry-free to the centre of the city in just over 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. From here there are easy bus connections to historic Cloverdale and the rest of Surrey.

This rapidly growing urban centre continues to maintain strong ties to its rural heritage and natural environment. Cloverdale is the historic heart of the community and is home to the annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition. With roots as far back as 1888, it is now Canada's second largest community rodeo and features some of the top international performers. There's a lot to explore in the community of Cloverdale that still retains a general store, the city's first bank and original city hall. For the antique hunter you'll find a cornucopia of stores to satisfy almost every taste. Visit one of the corn mazes for some country fun.

Shopping in the rest of Surrey is always interesting. You can check out the fresh produce and local crafts from the Saturday farmer's market, or shop the hundreds of stores available in the city's numerous malls. After all that activity, looking for a bite to eat is easy since there's a wide array of restaurants to choose from. Enjoy west coast cuisine at one of the quaint restaurants at Crescent Beach and after lunch, take a stroll along the sandy beaches or on the local fishing piers.

Surrey's cultural life is surprisingly active, with an award winning arts centre and internationally acclaimed art gallery. The performing arts are equally at home in a state of the art theatre or historic church. The city's pride in its past is evident in the number of historic sites that have been protected.

Outdoor recreation is never far away with 16 golf courses. Surrey is even home to the PGA Tour's annual Air Canada Championship held at the Northview Golf Course. If you are looking for a less stressful walking experience stroll the trails and view the rhododendron displays of Bear Creek Park. At Boundary Bay there are opportunities for bird enthusiasts with 200 species of birds attracted to the tidal marshes. With almost one third of the city protected as park or agricultural land, Surrey truly is the "City of Parks". www.city.surrey.bc.ca

For further information contact:
For further information contact:
Surrey Tourism & Convention Association
Surrey Visitor Information Centre
Located on the main floor in Central City Tower, 13450 102 Avenue
Open Year Round
Tel: 604-581-1415
Fax: 604-581-1425
Toll Free 1-877-581-1415
www.surreytourism.ca

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