Bustling and multicultural, Surrey lies 35 minutes southeast of Vancouver by car or the SkyTrain public transit system. From parks and sports to shopping and arts, there are tons of things to do in British Columbia’s second-most populated city. Bear Creek Park – one of Surrey’s 200-odd parks – offers a miniature train, mini-golf, and streams where chum salmon spawn. Watch for seals and loons at Mud Bay Park, featuring a superb view overlooking Boundary Bay. The revitalised central Holland Park has tulips, dogwood trees, and a concert amphitheater. Surrey is also a golfer’s paradise. Northview Golf & Country Club boasts two Arnold Palmer-designed courses, while Morgan Creek Golf Course offers an acclaimed, championship-length 18-hole course with a backdrop of Washington State’s Mount Baker. Sports fans enjoy the annual Canada Cup women’s softball tournament and the Cloverdale Rodeo here as well.
Close to 20% of Surrey’s diverse population is Punjabi-speaking. Shoppers can explore that culture at the bustling Payal Business Centre, which sells saris, samosas, and traditional Indian jewellery. Central City Shopping Centre has more than 140 shops and services, and is a short walk from the architecturally spectacular City Centre Library. And from symphony concerts and stage plays at the Bell Performing Arts Centre to contemporary art exhibitions at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey’s arts scene is as vibrant as the city itself.