As of early July, 2020, Bear Creek Park is still open, but some of its facilities are closed in response to the coronavirus. The outdoor pool, spray park, playground, skateboard park and sports courts have all reopened.
Although most of the park’s facilities have reopened, the Bear Creek Miniature Train has not yet resumed operations as of the middle of July. Also, the Surrey International Children’s Festival, which takes place at the park in late May, has been postponed until 2021.
To learn more about how the coronavirus is affecting other parks in the area, see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For a list of other events and attractions impacted by the pandemic, see our article about COVID-19 & Vancouver Event Cancellations.
Surrey’s Bear Creek Park
Bear Creek Park is definitely one of the Lower Mainland’s best city parks. Amenities include a running track and great water park and playground, as well as a free outdoor swimming pool with diving board and lifeguards in the summer.
In addition to all the exceptional amenities for children, Bear Creek Park also has a beautiful garden and is home to the Surrey Art Gallery. The gallery isn’t large, but it can be worth a quick visit if you like art and are in the area. The gardens are free and admission to the gallery is by donation.
Where is Bear Creek Park?
Located at 13750-88th Avenue, Bear Creek Park is not far from downtown Surrey. The Surrey Art Gallery is located at the entrance to the park.
When to Visit Bear Creek Park
Bear Creek Park is a great place to visit any time of year and whenever you’re in the area. Especially good times to visit though are in the summer with children because of its pool and water park facilities. Halloween and Christmas time are also interesting seasons as that’s when the park’s miniature train becomes especially festive.
Among other things, Bear Creek Park is also a great place to see autumn leaves and all their colors in the gardens.
Events at Bear Creek
A number of community events happen at Bear Creek Park. In late May, for example, there is the Surrey International Children’s Festival which takes place at both the Surrey Arts Centre and in the park.
Bear Creek Park is also a host venue for Surrey’s Sounds of Summer Music Series one day each summer where folk are invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of free live music.
In the fall around there is the Garden Light Festival where the gardens at Bear Creek Park get decorated with strings of Christmas illuminations and colourful spot lights. It lasts for just a couple of evenings and usually takes place just before the Remembrance Day weekend in November.
Seasonal events at Bear Creek Park include the holiday miniature train rides at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. See below for details or click Surrey Miniature Train.
Surrey’s Miniature Train
Bear Creek Park is home to a great miniature train that’s open from March until the beginning of October as well as at Easter, Halloween and Christmas when it’s decorated for the respective holiday seasons.
Miniature Train Admission
On regular days rides on the miniature train cost adults less than $6, and children ages 2-12 around $5. Second rides the same day are usually 50% off.
Train and mini-golf combo deals are also available for around $11 for adults, $10 for youth and $8 for children (which makes it only $2-$3 more than for just the mini-golf alone).
Admission for the miniature train is slightly more during seasonal holidays as described below.
Easter, Halloween & Christmas Trains
Train ride prices are more during special events like at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. That’s because there’s way more to do and see at those times.
Around Easter train rides cost about $10 but include an Easter egg hunt activity.
At Halloween the cost is around $11 and there are both kid-friendly times and ultra-scary ones. When we went a couple of years ago there was even a live actor with a chainsaw (so lots of fun but not for the faint of heart)!
In December the miniature train venue gets all decked out with Christmas illuminations and holiday decorations. The cost then is about $10 per person.
For more information on the miniature train and its schedule throughout the year, click Bear Creek Train.
Click the City of Surrey website for more information on Bear Creek Park.
Click Surrey for information on the city and other things to do in the area.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Parks & Nature
- Lower Mainland Outdoor Pools
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Lower Mainland Activities for Children