With a population of half a million, it’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Canada.
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Surrey, British Columbia
Surrey has one of the most ethnically diverse populations anywhere, with over 40% of residents speaking a first language other than English.
With its very large East Indian population, Surrey is home to numerous East Indian restaurants and hosts the giant Surrey Vaisakhi Parade & Celebration held annually in April.
Surrey is a fast-growing and increasingly dynamic place to do business, but not a major tourist destination (although we think it could be as it’s home to some wonderful places and events).
Surrey has a number of large shopping malls including Guildford Town Centre (with over 200 stores at 10355 152nd Street) and Central City (with over 130 stores as well as an SFU Campus at 10153 King George Boulevard).
Surrey’s Best Places
Some of the most interesting places to visit in the city include:
- Art Knapp Plantland – a garden centre with a fun and easy mini-golf course, along with a train ride for young children.
- Barnston Island – a rural island between Surrey and Pitt Meadows which is a good flat place for cycling.
- Bear Creek Park – a popular park with miniature golf, a miniature train ride, outdoor swimming pool, running track, walking trails and gardens.
- Bose Corn Maze – an autumn attraction at Bose and Sons Farms.
- Central City Fun Park – the largest indoor amusement park in Metro Vancouver, featuring roller skating, mini-golf, arcade games and more.
- Clayton Community Farmers Market – a market that is really more artisanal than anything else, taking place bi-weekly at Clayton Heights Secondary School in the summer.
- Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant yard and garage-sale-style market selling everything imaginable on Sundays throughout the year.
- Crescent Beach – a scenic site located not far from the seaside community of White Rock.
- Darts Hill Park – a pretty garden that is open to the public on specific dates.
- Elements Casino & Racetrack – a venue with casino games, entertainment and live horse racing.
- Elgin Heritage Park – a park that’s home to hiking trails, a boardwalk and historic Stewart Farm.
- Glades Garden – a beautiful oasis close to the US Border that’s only open on specific dates.
- Guildford Town Centre – a large shopping mall at 10355 152nd Street.
- Hazelmere Golf Course – a nice golf and tennis club in South Surrey.
- Hi-Knoll Driving Range & Mini-Golf – a large driving range paired with a relatively challenging 18-hole mini-golf course.
- Holland Park – an attractive park where several annual events occur near Central City Mall.
- Morgan Creek Golf Course – one of Metro Vancouver’s top public courses that, interestingly, is also known for being one of the best places for golf during or after periods of rain.
- Northview Golf and Country Club – home of two beautiful courses designed by Arnold Palmer.
- Redwood Park – a large park with play areas, picnic spots and trails through the forest.
- Surrey Art Gallery – an engaging art gallery with both contemporary and digital art.
- Surrey Museum – a free community venue for family fun and historical learning.
- Tynehead Regional Park – over 250 hectares of forested trails and meadows that are great for walking and cycling.
Surrey Festivals and Events
Surrey hosts a number of great festivals and events, including some of the Lower Mainland’s largest and most impressive festivals. Below is a list of some of the best.
- Easter, Halloween and Christmas Trains – seasonal-themed miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park.
- Party for the Planet – a free event around Earth Day in April every year that includes concerts, family-friendly entertainment and environmentally-themed activities and things to see at the Surrey City Hall Plaza.
- Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a major East Indian festival held annually in mid-April that features free food, colourful traditional costumes and hundreds of thousands of participants.
- Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – a major event with cowboys and cowgirls, bucking broncos, farm animals, rides and carnival entertainment on the May long weekend.
- Cloverdale Food Truck Festival – a food-themed event with live music and family-friendly activities (usually in May).
- Surrey International Children’s Festival – a festival for kids and their families at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park in late May.
- Surrey Fest Downtown – a small community festival at Holland Park in June.
- Surrey Greek Food Festival – a community event featuring Greek food and entertainment at a Greek Orthodox Church in June.
- National Indigenous People’s Day – a fairly large event showcasing First Nation’s culture at Holland Park on or around June 21st.
- Canada Day – major Canada Day celebrations on July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
- FVDED in the Park – a large music festival taking place at Holland Park in July.
- Surrey Fusion Festival – a celebration of music, food and culture at Holland Park in July.
- Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts at different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings in July and August.
- Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest-themed beer festival at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (which takes place some years, but not all).
- Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events in both Surrey and Vancouver in October.
- Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch – Gabriel Farms hosts seasonal family-friendly activities, including a pumpkin patch and corn maze in October.
- Rondriso Farms – a family-run farm with a pumpkin patch and hayrides in October.
- Remembrance Day – the city’s main Remembrance Day Ceremonies take place in Cloverdale on November 11th each year.
- Garden Light Festival – a free event with child-friendly activities and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in November.
- Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – festivities at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in late November, with the official lighting of the 55-foot Christmas tree in the evening.
- Lumagica – a Christmas lights attraction in Cloverdale (in December of 2021 but not necessarily in other years too).
Surrey in the Summer
Surrey has a number of attractive parks, including Bear Creek, Darts Hill, Holland Park (near Central City mall), and Glades Garden. Throughout July and August, different parks in Surrey feature free outdoor music concerts on Wednesday evenings. See Sounds of Summer Music Series for details.
As far as regular weekly events, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from early June until early October. It’s a medium-sized market with live music in the afternoons.
Surrey is home to some amazing places to eat. From Indian to Western, Asian and everything in between.
Click Surrey’s Best Restaurants to find recommended places to eat.
Surrey has a number of hotels. On of the most well-known is the Sheraton Vancouver Hotel. It’s where a lot of conferences take place. To learn about this and other places to stay see our article about Surrey Hotels.
The City of Surrey is on the traditional unceded territories of the Katzie, Kwantlen and Semiahmoo Nations.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Hotels in Surrey
- Metro Vancouver Parts of Town
- City of Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar