Surrey is located in British Columbia, Canada, on the Lower Mainland just south of the Fraser River. Our city is a destination for families, individuals and businesses. We are a diverse community that speaks more than 100 different languages, and we are a growing city that welcomes about 1,000 new residents each month. Surrey is also a youthful city, with one-third of our population under the age of 19. The City of Surrey is a municipality in Metro Vancouver. We are the second largest city in the province, with a population of more than 500,000. Our population continues to grow and it is estimated to surpass Vancouver in population as the largest city in BC by 2041
Parks with lawns, gardens, and monument on the U.S/Canada border mark the 1812 treaties. The Peace Arch is a monument situated near the westernmost point of the Canada–United States border in the contiguous United States, between the communities of Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia.
Long, rocky beach with kid-friendly tide pools and views of the bay and distant mountains. Crescent Beach is a beach side community within South Surrey, British Columbia next to Boundary Bay and Mud Bay across from Delta, British Columbia. It is home to 1,200 residents, mostly in single-family homes.
Trails meander through mixed forest and meadow and along the gentle Serpentine River. Gain new views of the park and its significant salmon (spawning and rearing) habitat from the viewpoints on Hatchery and Trillium Trails. Cyclists can enjoy the Tynehead Perimeter Trail.
Campbell Valley Regional Park is a regional park maintained by the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks board. The park is formed from 6 historical farm plots, with portions set aside for the Langley Tree Farm and scout Camp McLean. It contains a vast number of hiking, walking and equestrian trails as well as function facilities such as picnic shelters. The park is also the location of the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area offices, located at the northwest corner of the park.
Blackie Spit Park is a stunning City park located in the Crescent Beach neighbourhood of South Surrey. The park is named after the dramatic spit that extends into Mud Bay at the mouth of the Nicomekl River. Blackie Spit has amazing views of Mud Bay and the north shore mountain. Blackie Spit also offers some of the best bird watching areas in Canada, with almost 200 species of birds recorded in a calendar year. The sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and eelgrass beds, is an important stop for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds, as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America.
Queen’s Park offers visitors a wide-range of outdoor pursuits in a cultivated park with many horticultural features and mature trees. Running and walking trails wind through the park connecting all its amenities.
There are a number of independently run daycares and preschools operating at schools throughout Surrey school district. If you are interested in starting a daycare or preschool in a school, please contact the Facility Rentals department.
The Aboriginal Educational Council has developed a protocol for acknowledging the traditional territories of the Coast Salish People in which our district resides. In addition to school and district supports, Aboriginal students receive additional education enhancement services from the Education Services, Aboriginal Education. The services are provided by:
- Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Workers
- Education Assistants
- District Cultural Facilitators
- Teacher Advocates (Secondary Schools)
- District Aboriginal Helping Teachers
- Aboriginal Transitions Facilitator
- District Principal
- Administrative Staff
Thousands of Surrey students are achieving academic success through Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning. A “distributed” learning environment, SAIL is one of the largest schools of its kind in B.C., offering program options to elementary, secondary and even adult students.
Students in distributed learning programs receive most of their instruction online and do most of their work outside the classroom. Students receive ongoing regular assessments, report cards, letter grades and a permanent student record the same as students in a neighbourhood school.
Surrey Schools provide specialised assistance in areas such as behavioural and emotional support for students with special needs, including:
- adapted physical activities program for students with disabilities
- behaviour specialists
- occupational therapists
- school psychologists
- special education helping teachers
- speech language pathologists
- gifted program
- hospital/homebound program, and
- Welcome Centre: Support for English Language Learners
This legendary event features various Canadian performers, amusement rides, interactive games, drone racing, seniors’ Strawberry Tea and a fireworks finale!
Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture! Experience the world’s culture with Indigenous, Francophone and local Canadian talent, an Indigenous Village with carving demonstrations, dance workshops, plus cuisine and more from 45 different pavilions.
Celebrate the beauty of our Country at Party for the Planet, BC’s largest Earth Day Celebration. Party for the Planet focusses on inspiring awareness for Canada’s natural environment and includes Eco-friendly activations, live entertainment on four stages and a Tree Sale.
The Annual Surrey International Children’s Festival inspires young hearts and minds to the greater possibilities and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage though performing and visual arts experience. Children have an incredibly rich arts experience as they take part in the many hands-on activities on site, led by professional artists. The ticketed programming is a national and international selection of the highest calibre of performances for young audiences, bringing inspiration and awe to the residents of Surrey and the surrounding areas.
Join Mayor and Council along with Frosty and Santa as they flip the switch to light the City’s official Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season in Surrey at this free family event. Free concerts, sleigh rides, food and fun activities all day long. The event will feature an expanded Holiday Market showcasing goods from local vendors, a Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive including a free zip line, amusement rides, road hockey, a Storyville igloo and a DJ!
The Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of programs, events, and services. The arena contains 3 full-size rinks that are also equipped for sledge hockey events! The facility has hosted provincial skating events and is a popular site for many Fraser Valley hockey tournaments.
Home to both figure skating and ice hockey programs and events, the facility is well served by local hotels and food and beverage outlets in the community.
Home of the BCJHL Surrey Eagles, the Olympic sized rink at the South Surrey Arena provides fixed seating for over 1200 hockey fans! The arena also contains 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, multipurpose rooms and parking for 296 vehicles.
As part of the community sport complex, South Surrey Arena is right next to South Surrey Athletic Park for even more playing fields and courts, and walking distance from the South Surrey Recreation Centre where there’s gymnasiums, fitness studios, child-minding services, and a café, just to name a few!
The nearby-located Morgan Crossing shopping precinct features over 60 outlet stores and dining establishments, providing convenient access to everything visitors need!
Newly built in March 2016, the design of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre received top industry award recognising innovation and technical excellence. The LEED Certified pool itself has been constructed with regional, provincial, national and international sport hosting events in mind. It has a 10-lane, 50m FINA-standard Olympic size competition pool with a full set of dive towers to a height of 10 meters. The centre also features separate 500 square meter leisure and lifestyle pools with a lazy river and spray feature, waterslide,and tot’s area to service the community.
Positioned at the intersection of 168 Street and 24 Avenue in the neighbourhood of South Surrey, the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre provides easy access to accommodations, restaurants and activities. The neighbourhood of South Surrey is home to beaches, nature preserves, and scenic parks and trails, but with all the urban amenities of a metropolitan city.
Sports Surrey is excited to have this new addition to our line-up of sporting facilities!
Opened in November 2015, the Surrey Tennis Centre is an impressive addition to the city’s facility inventory. Surrey Tennis Centre is ideal for hosting tournaments with spectator seating, ample parking, and an onsite Tennis Academy for player development and coaching. The centre holds the only red clay courts in all of Western Canada! A Pro Shop staffed by experienced professionals is also on-site in addition to a gym specifically designed around the game of tennis to ensure athletes are fully taken care of.
The team at the centre brings a wealth of expertise in player, coach and program development. The Tennis Academy will foster the development of players and help them achieve their full potential through various training initiatives and competition support.
Located close to the centre of the city near King George Boulevard and Highway 10, this facility provides easy access to accommodations, dining and entertainment options, and major transportation links.
Softball City is ideal for hosting tournaments with four championship calibre diamonds and seating for over 1500 spectators in addition to separate umpire facilities! There’s also a fully licensed Sports Grill with a 232 seat outdoor patio overlooking all the action, a pro shop, separate umpire facilities, batting cages, and more. A large parking lot and easy access from the highway make transportation easy and quick.
As part of the community sport complex, Softball City is right next to South Surrey Athletic Park for even more playing fields and walking distance from the South Surrey Recreation Centre where there’s meeting rooms, multipurpose spaces, child-minding services, and a fitness studio, just to name a few!
No matter what you’re passionate about, Surrey has a place for you to have fun, get active, express yourself and connect with your community. Find Youth Services available in every town centre, with a variety of activities every week. Sign up for your free annual Youth Membership at any recreation centre. Get access to drop-in activities and our youth lounges where you can play video games, foosball, air hockey, gym activities, sports equipment, pool tables and more!
The City of Surrey offers a variety of resources and services to seniors and their families. Supported by Surrey’s Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors, we also provide opportunities for seniors to stay active and engaged with our community. Newton Seniors Centre has a wide variety of services for seniors in the Newton community. This facility has a dedicated Seniors lounge, cafeteria and auditorium with stage, fitness and wellness areas, multi-purpose, activity and billiards rooms, and a computer lab.
Sustainability and energy efficiency are key priorities for the City of Surrey. Our actions in these areas are guided by our Sustainability Charter, an overarching policy document that guides us in maintaining a sustainable community.
Our innovative Sustainability Dashboard allows residents to track our progress in demonstrating our commitment to Sustainability across dozens of sociocultural, economic, and environmental indicators. See below for additional ways we are demonstrating our commitment to sustainability.
Social Planning is about building a strong and healthy community. Unlike other forms of urban planning that focus on the physical or environmental characteristics of a city, social planning focuses on the people.
The Surrey Public Safety Strategy groups all of our objectives and initiatives by one of four priorities. Working together, the four priority areas of the Strategy will organise a diverse set of programs and services and ensure we stay focused on the things that will make the most difference to public safety.
Be healthy and be part of your healthy Surrey community – you are part of Surrey’s social change. Join Surrey’s meaningful social, recreational and cultural opportunities today! Take care of yourself with Surrey’s Health Promotion programs, help your neighbour with Volunteer Resources, and get to know your community with Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and Community Engagement programs. Surrey is committed to promoting wellbeing and social change: it’s all part of the process towards social development for all members of our community.