6 Reasons Why Surrey Is A Great City To Live In

When anyone talks about Surrey, we’re describing one of the most diverse cities in the Metro Vancouver region.

Surrey is the province's second-largest by population after Vancouver and the third largest by area after Abbotsford and Prince George.

It’s an absolutely fascinating place to live with a multicultural population, plenty of parks and trails, entertainment spots, and many restaurants to choose from.

Here’s 6 reasons why Surrey is a great city to live in.

It has an ethnically diverse population

Surrey has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in all of Canada, with 40% of people speaking a first language other than English. The city has a large East Indian population and numerous other populations.

The main languages spoken are:

  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Tagalog
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish 
  • German

Plenty of transportation options available

Public transport, operated by TransLink, connects some of Surrey's centres to each other and to other Lower Mainland municipalities. The SkyTrain Expo Line provides service to Downtown Vancouver via four stations: Scott Road, Gateway, Surrey Central (also a bus loop), and King George.

In addition, Translink is also building the Surrey LRT, which will provide modern, street-level light rail transit along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue.

Outdoor parks & trails

There are over 100 kilometres of nature trails within Surrey parks. You will find some that are hundreds of years old, some that offer world-class birding and others that offer a breath of fresh air in busy city centres.

They include:

  • Bear Creek Park
  • Blackie Spit Park
  • Crescent Park
  • Elgin Estates Park
  • Elgin Heritage Park
  • Fleetwood Park
  • Green Timbers Urban Forest
  • Hawthorne Park
  • Hazelnut Meadows Park
  • Hi-Knoll Park
  • Invergarry Park
  • Mud Bay Park
  • Redwood Park
  • Semiahmoo Trail
  • Serpentine Wildlife Management Area
  • Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest
  • Surrey Lake Park
  • Tynehead Regional Park

Post-Secondary Institutions

Surrey is home to a number of post-secondary institutions, including Simon Fraser University, which opened its doors in 2002. Surrey is also the home of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a polytechnic university that opened its doors in the Newton Town Centre of Surrey in 1981.

Surrey also has many private post-secondary institutions including Sprott Shaw College, CDI College, MTI Community College, Stenberg College, Academy of Learning, Surrey Community College, Discovery Community College and Vancouver Career College.

Strong Local Economy

Surrey is a rapidly-growing metropolis that is led by the high technology, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, health, education, agriculture, and arts sectors. In 2018, Surrey opened a $68million biofuel facility, the first in North America.

The city has also seen real estate prices continue to rise, leading to more investment money flowing into the local economy.

Community Events

There’s always something going on around the city and this bodes well especially for families.Whether its fall, winter, spring, or summer, Surrey has something for you to enojy the city in the best way possible. Some notable events that happen throughout the year include:

  • WinterFest
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Vaisakhi Parade
  • Pie In The Plaza
  • Movies Under The Stars
  • Surrey Fusion Festival
  • Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Potter’s House Of Horrors

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Photo Credit: City of Surrey / Facebook

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