Surrey is the largest city in Metro Vancouver, by area, and the second-largest by population. It is located only 35 minutes from Downtown Vancouver. The primary towncentres in Surrey are North and South Surrey, Newton, Guildford, Fleetwood and Cloverdale.
Whalley, also known as North Surrey, is a growing urban centre and the second most populous community in Surrey. Surrey City Centre, in the heart of North Surrey, has been identified as the region’s second downtown. In recent years it has seen significant residential and commercial development. Several visionary high-rise developments have gone up in the area over the past few years, and more are in planning and development. North Surrey has become a public transit hub, providing easy SkyTrain access to Downtown Vancouver and the rest of the area.
South Surrey borders the city of White Rock and offers convenient access to the U.S. at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway border crossings. Nearly 11,000 seniors currently live in this community, and it has the largest concentration of persons over 60 of all the Surrey town centres. Recent developments in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood have opened up new shopping opportunities.
The most populated community in Surrey, Newton Town Centre, is home to a variety of recreational, cultural and educational facilities. South Surrey is home to Newton Community Recreation Centre and Newton Wave Pool, and the area has both a youth centre and senior’s centre. Arts and cultural venues include Newton Cultural Centre and The Bell Centre for Performing Arts. The Surrey campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University is also in Newton, providing career, vocational, continuing education and academic programs. Newton is a culturally diverse community and hosts one of the largetst Vaisakhi Parades outside India, attracting as many as 200,000 people.
Guildford also offers its residents two recreational centres, and two regional parks. Guildford provides easy access to the freeway, linking Surrey with the rest of Metro Vancouver, and is well positioned in relation to Surrey City Centre. The Fraser Heights neighbourhood, overlooking the Fraser River, a beautifully groomed sub-community, has seen a lot of recent development of high end family homes.
The community of Fleetwood has the least commercial development of any of the Surrey towncentres. It is a residential area of moderate income. Recreational facilities include the Fleetwood Community Centre and the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex. Fleetwood Park offers walking trails, gardens and playing fields.
Cloverdale is a largely rural and agricultural community, with plenty of commercial activity, due to it’s strategic location near the U.S. border and railway connections. It’s small town charm has made it the backdrop for several movies and TV shows, including the popular Smallville series. The community has experienced residential growth over the past few years.