Unique. Diverse. Fast-growing. Fasten your seatbelts, travelers. Vancouver, B.C.’s suburban sibling is growing up.
Situated southeast of Vancouver across the Fraser River―and right across the U.S. border―Surrey is set to surpass the population of B.C.’s better-known metropolis by 2041. Spanning over 6,000 acres of green space alone, its total land mass is equivalent to Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby combined.
With its rich fusion of past and present, rural and urban, West Coast and world influences, Surrey invites exploration, from its thriving commerce center in the north to its relaxed community vibe in the south.
Start your stay with a stop where it all began, in charming Cloverdale, founded in 1870 as an agricultural community. Today the small town boasts boutique shops and eateries on historic Main Street.
Want to see what really makes Surrey “buzz?” The Honeybee Centre & Fry’s Corner Beestro serves all-day breakfast fare while the country store features everything bee-related, from honey and honey-infused products, educational seminars and live beekeeping demonstrations.
Golf lovers, get your game on at Morgan Creek Golf Course, one of Surrey’s several world-class courses. Stroll the links, sign up for a putting lesson or simply enjoy the scene overlooking the fairways from Morgan’s Wine & Restaurant Bar.
To further sample Surrey’s dining diversity, Chef Alistair Veen, winner of the 2016 Best Sommelier in Canada competition, serves dishes blending the best of West Coast foods with French cooking techniques at his Tap Restaurant located in a residential neighborhood. And award-winning My Shanti, the culinary creation of Vikram Vij, offers a spellbinding East Indian experience from its dazzling decor to authentic regional Indian dishes.
With 800 to 1,000 new arrivals every month, the North Surrey neighborhood pulses with dynamic, youthful energy. With its award-winning, state-of-the-art facilities, the neighborhood attracts business, education and healthcare communities alike. At the heart of Its burgeoning renaissance lies Surrey City Centre Plaza, encircled by rising residential condominiums, the newly-opened Civic Hotel (a member of Marriott’s signature Autograph Collection of luxury hotels), City Hall, the library and the Simon Fraser University Engineering Building.
Stroll the Plaza, grab a bite from Big Star Sandwich Co. and take in the city sights atop the Canadian steps outside City Hall. For a sky-high flying adventure, book a Sky Helicopter tour of Canada’s backcountry with views of waterfalls, alpine lakes and glacial peaks.
Enjoy a brew at Central City Brewers, then head to dinner at the Civic Hotel’s Dominion Bar + Kitchen whose menu items feature locally-sourced ingredients created for the ultimate Canadian dining experience.
To plan a Surrey visit, go to discoversurreybc.com.