Surrey, BC, Canada is the third largest city in the Metro Vancouver area. Although Surrey has been around since the mid-1800s, it was an unincorporated city until 1993. Since that time, it has grown in regard to population, suburban area neighborhoods, golfing communities, industry, and entertainment.
Surrey, BC, Canada is located just 40 minutes outside of Vancouver and near the Pacific Rim. The countryside and landscape of this city are quite breathtaking, and the city areas are chock full of activities for families and individuals to do.
Surrey is proud of its history and of the people who played a part in the making of that history. Surrey has an impressive number of historic sites and museums that provide visitors and residents alike the history and culture of the town and its people.
One stop that is an absolute must is the BC Vintage Truck Museum. Because the primary occupations in Surrey during its early years were in the logging industry and agriculture, trucks, and trucking played an important role in the success of these two means of employment and sustaining of life and comfort as far as it is well known
One of the most historic sites to visit is the Historic Stewart Farm. It is here that visitors can catch a glimpse of what it was like in Surrey in the beginning years. The farm offers seasonal events, demonstrations, and many arts, crafts, and learning activities for visitors
The Surrey Museum and Zaklen Heritage Farm each provide an important view of the history and lives of Surrey resident’s past, present, and future.
There is also the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society for those interested in trains, or wishing to indulge in a tour by train.
In addition to these venues that provide insight into Surrey’s past, there are theaters, art galleries, and other locations with meaningful events and activities that are sure to provide days of entertainment and knowledge to visitors and residents.
Judging by the number of hotels in Surrey, it is safe to assume the tourist trade in the area is quite large. In addition to hotels, there are bed and breakfast locations, camping and RV, and for the budget-minded, motels.
Surrey’s official website is incredibly helpful to the residents in the area as well as tourists. Overall it does seem Canada is quite open to those who seek Canadian citizenship. Surrey is considered one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and according to future progressions will continue to expand during the next twenty years.
Surrey, BC, Canada is serious about seeing to it that everyone has a chance at success. Anyone with a desire to practice in a business will be encouraged, and there is information on how to apply for a business license and how to set up various types of businesses.
Due to the diversity and growth of Surrey, it is a place where families can move and feel confident in their ability to become a part of one of six thriving communities. For new individuals and families arriving to Surrey there are a wealth of programs, services, and community-wide connections that ensure new residents not only feel welcome but included.
In addition to the wealth of historical knowledge that can be gained through the various museums and educational programs, Surrey is also dedicated to ensuring the future of the city through various initiatives to promote environmental care and sustainability of resources.
There are also programs offering financial support to residents in the form of grants, scholarships, and assistance so that ongoing research and city development and planning and recreation can be furthered. Anyone with a desire to pay it forward can find any number of volunteer opportunities within the communities, recreation centers, and various neighborhood activates.
Due to the ever-burgeoning population, the number of schools in Surrey has continued to grow. Currently, there are 99 elementary schools and this number is sure to increase. These 99 and growing elementary schools will feed into the 25 and growing secondary (high schools) in the city. In addition to the public schools, there are a fair number of independent and private schools in the city.
To accommodate the transportation needs of Surrey residents and visitors there is the ferry system, public transit, Greyhound busses, and the BC Rail. Due to concerns for the environment, many residents carpool to work or outings or take one of the forms of transportation.
The climate in Surry, BC, Canada is quite mild, and there are health benefits to living in a coastal city. There are beautiful beaches, such as the popular Crescent Beach, BC, which is not just a tourist area, but a true small beachside community. The homes in this small beachside community are simple in structure, as an indication of what is truly important to the people in the area, for most enjoy the magnificent outdoors to the fullest.
In addition to the beaches, there are other attractions such as Peace Arch, Port Mann Bridge, and Tynehead Regional Park. Each offering a unique perspective, fun, and learning all in one.
Since the 2016 presidential election Surrey has inherited a problem familiar to the United States; that of illegal border crossings. Over the past few months there have been several detainees and recently a child was taken into custody. Canada has always been a place of sanctuary for those seeking refuge from the draft, or other oppressive ploidies and traditions of the U.S. Having to turn backs and turn people in for seeking sanctuary is enough to break the heart of most Canadians.
Surrey, BC, Canada is a small beachside city with a great deal to offer in terms of diversity, community, art, culture, and history. It is a city whose residents have a firm respect for the past and a concern and investment in the future. The diversity of the city and the inclusion of diverse individuals and families is to be admired and emulated. It is a city young in years, but steeped in history, with a vision for the future.