Surrey Facts

Motto: "Progress through diversity"


Incorporated as a city in 1993, Surrey is the second most populated city in British Columbia, with a population of just over 518,000 people. Surrey is known as the "Sunshine City" due to its many parks, gardens, and south-lying position; it has a climate much warmer than in Vancouver. Surrey has a diversified economy with the most employment in public administration, retail, and manufacturing among others. It has also been rated one of the best places to live in Canada by MoneySense. Surrey is located on the Fraser River – the longest river in the province.

12:55 mins video of Surrey

  • 1) The city is diverse, almost half the population are immigrants, hailing from countries all over the world.
  • 2) Surrey is growing rapidly, with over 150,000 more people expected to be added to the current population by 2031. In comparison, Vancouver will have grown by only 25% as much over that same time period.
  • 3) The city is also expected to become increasingly youthful in the coming decades; between 2001 and 2006 alone, 41% of Surrey's population growth was due to new and young immigrants aged 15–39 coming to the city.
  • 4) Surrey is home to the first Kabaddi stadium in Canada, a popular Indian sport.
  • 5) During World War II, an internment camp was in Cloverdale. It was opened on August 19, 1940 and closed on December 20, 1946.
  • 6) Grouse Mountain is a popular destination for snowboarding and fun activities for residents of Vancouver and other nearby municipalities. Part of Grouse Mountain was transferred from BC Hydro to Metro Vancouver who then created Grouse Mountain Regional Park.
  • 7) On July 1, the Bill Reid amphitheatre entertains over 100, 000 people on Canada Day, so Surrey is one of the best places to be during this historic national event.
  • 8) Surrey is the location of one of the best known and most comprehensive archaeological finds in Canadian history. In 1982, the RCMP discovered a mass grave of over 150 First Nations men, women and children who died during a deadly epidemic that swept through their villages.
  • 9) Surrey BC is a combination of about 6 small towns: Cloverdale, Newton, Whalley, Fleetwood, South Surrey, and Guilford.
  • 10) The city has a large population of South Asians.
  • 11) Water is actually considered a metallic element in British Columbia. That is because water can combine with the air to form its own metal - water-air...water-air...water-air! These reactions create hydrogen and oxygen gas, which escape and combine to form the metal - water.
  • 12) Sarwan Singh, the man who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest beard (2.495 m (8 ft 2.5 in) - in 2011) is a resident of Surrey!
  • 13) Surrey’s coat of arms was created between 1986-1987. It depicts a land of wealth representing by the colours of gold and green. It is a combination of geographic, historical and economic allusions.