Surrey was incorporated as a municipality in 1879 (seven years before Vancouver), and didn’t officially become a city until September of 1993. 

After Queen Victoria named New Westminster, it was only appropriate for the area across the river to be named Surrey, after Surrey in England that resides across the Thames River from Westminster.

With more land area to expand to, Surrey is estimated to have a larger population than land-locked Vancouver by 2041 (Statistics Canada Census 2016). Even though Surrey has such a large population, 35% of its land is designated as agricultural, and is still farmed to this day.

One of Surrey’s key strengths is its strategic location and connectivity. With three international airports less than an hour from the Surrey City Centre, two US land border crossings, and multi-purpose marine terminal, Surrey serves as a prime gateway for Asian-Pacific-Canadian trade. Regionally, downtown Vancouver is 45 minutes away via SkyTrain. A new expansion is underway to extend the line through Surrey and to Langley. 

WHAT TO EXPECT: Mix of urban, suburban and rural landscapes.

NEIGHBOURS: The city is the only community in the province that has two US land border crossings.

LIFESTYLE: Constantly evolving, active, family-friendly.

UNEXPECTED: Back in the summer of 2008, before Lady Gaga had released her debut album, The Fame, she performed at the Mirage Nightclub in Guildford. Tickets were only $25!

INTERESTING: The longest beard measures 2.495 m (8 ft 2.5 in) and belongs to a Surrey resident Sarwan Singh when measured on 8 September 2011.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Surrey rises to fourth place in the ranks of Top Ten Best Mid-sized Cities for Investment in the Americas (American Cities of the Future 2019/20).

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH: Crescent beach, South Surrey.

TRY IT: Cloverdale Rodeo.