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Overview of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Surrey is British Columbia`s second largest city, is located near the Canada/US border, 40 minutes from Vancouver. The city is renowned for its extensive designated parkland and green space, taking up over 6,000 acres of its 317.4 km2. Surrey consists of six town centres: Newton, Fleetwood, Guildford, Cloverdale, South Surrey, and Whalley/City Centre.

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  • Population: 347,825 (2001)
  • Area: 317.4 km2
  • Latitude: 49°11? N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 134 m . above sea level
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Surrey, British Columbia

When English pioneer H.J. Brewer looked across the Fraser River in 1879 he saw a landscape that reminded him of his native Surrey in England. The modern city of Surrey was thus founded as settlers arrived in the region to fish, farm, and harvest oysters. Following the post-war fifties Surrey's population grew exponentially as its neighbourhoods filled with single family commuters working in Vancouver and Burnaby, Surrey officially became a city in September of 1993.

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Surrey's Demographics

Surrey has a population of roughly 347,825 people, and approximately 800 people move to the city each month, making it one of Canada's fastest growing cities.

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Surrey's Climate

Surrey has an average summer temperature of 22°C (74°F) and an average winter temperature of 5°C (42°F). The city's average rainfall is 1050mm (41in.)

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Education in Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey is home to 99 elementary schools, 19 secondary schools, 23 independent schools, Kwantlen University College, and Simon Fraser University.

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Transportation around Surrey, British Columbia

Three major active railway systems run through Surrey into the United States and the Eastern provinces: the Canadian National Railway, BNSF Railway, and the Southern Railway of British Columbia. Public Transport abounds throughout the city, and ‘skytrain' has four stations within Surrey and can reach Vancouver in 35 minutes.

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Tourism and Attractions of Surrey

Surrey is nicknamed the city of parks, renowned for its 6000 acres of parkland. The city is home to 15 golf and driving ranges, and is a close drive to metropolitan Vancouver and numerous ski hills. Other popular tourist attractions in Surrey include bird watching, corn mazes, farmers' markets, trout fishing, ocean kayaking, and rodeos!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Surrey
  • Anniedale
  • Cloverdale
  • Fleetwood
  • Guildford
  • Newton
  • Port Kells
  • Port Mann
  • Tynehead
  • Whalley

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Geography of Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey is located near the Canada/US border and is a 40 minute drive from Vancouver, placing it within the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). It is also at the centre of the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.

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Surrey's Government

The city of Surrey is governed by a seven-member school board and an eight-member city council. Diane Watts is the current mayor of the city, elected in November 2005. In the 2006 national elections, the Conservative party won two of Surrey's four seats, with both the NDP and the Liberal party taking one each. In the 2005 provincial elections, the NDP won four of the city's seats, with the Liberal party taking the other three.

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Surrey's Economy and Industry

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Surrey's Culture and Significant Events

Surrey is renowned for being one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities, and over one quarter of its population immigrated into Canada. The city's unique artistic history, diversity, and productions can be viewed at the Surrey Museum, the Bell Performing Arts Centre, and the Surrey Arts Centre. Annual events include the Vaisaikhi Sikh New Years celebration that includes a parade, and the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

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Sports in Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey is home to the Kwantlen University College and Simon Fraser University sports teams, and has hosted the popular Canada Cup International Women's Fastpitch Tournament every summer since 1993. The highly successful Surrey Eagles hockey team are also a fan favourite in the region.

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Media of Surrey

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