Surrey is the second largest city by population in British Columbia after Vancouver. It is located only 23 kilometres from Vancouver Centre and offers more affordable housing than the B.C. capital.
Therefore, many people choose to live in Surrey and commute to Vancouver if necessary. Residents of Surrey enjoy beautiful urban forests and clean beaches, golf courses and great eco-tourism opportunities. Surrey is often called ‘the City of Parks’ because of its 600 parks and 277 hiking/biking trails and walkways.
Surrey has a moderate, inter-coastal Pacific-Northwest climate that can be appealing to those who wouldn’t like Alberta’s cold winters or Toronto’s hot and humid summers. Winters in Surrey are mild with average temperature 5?C. Snow is rare; however, there can be many rainy and gloomy days, even rainy weeks in a row. Springs are also wet. Summers are sunny with average temperature 22?C, and autumns are cool. Surrey enjoys about 1848.3 sunshine hours per year (average 5 hours per day).
SkyTrain Expo Line connects Surrey to Vancouver. Buses are the main way of public transport in Surrey. Currently there are 1332 bus stops. For bus timetables, maps and fares click here.
From Monday to 6:30 on Friday the fare system is divided into three zones and passengers pay according to the number of zones they travel in. From Monday to Friday after 6:30 and during the weekend and holidays commuters pay one fare no matter how many zones they cross. If you choose to pay the fare when getting on a bus, you need to have exact coin, because the diver do not accept bills and do not give change. Make sure you receive Proofs of Payment/Transfers. Transfers are valid for 90 minutes. If you travel often, you can buy a Monthly FareCard.
For information on driving in Surrey and how to get a licence, see Driving.
Driving and parking in all City of Surrey streets is regulated by the Highway and Traffic By-law, 1997, No. 13007. In large part the by-law reflects the Province of British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act.
You can find Surrey’s General Guide to Residential On-Street Parking here. To claim a towed vehicles contact Unitow Services (1978) Ltd.
For maps and directions in Surrey visit http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/654.aspx.
As part of its efforts to increase awareness of high collision areas the Surrey RCMP provides traffic safety maps, indicating the top collision locations in the city of Surrey.
Until recently Surrey was known as “the Auto Theft Capital of North America”. In 2003, RCMP stated that among other factors, the increased usage of “crystal meth” was partly to blame for the increase in car theft. Thanks to the measures the police took, auto theft in Surrey decreased by 38 per cent from 2003 to 2006. Nevertheless, car owners in Surrey are advised to be extra careful when they choose places to park. They should always lock their cars.
To report a crime, contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Surrey.
Contact the police: When to call 9-1-1
Dialing 9-1-1 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance. It can serve you in a variety of languages with the help of interpreters.
Places of Worship
Christianity is the predominant religion in Surrey. About 50% of the population in 2001 self-identified as Christians – Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox or other Christians. To find a Christian church in Surrey, click here.
The second largest religious group, 16.3%, is the Sikh. Every year on April 13, the Sikh community organizes a big celebration of Vaisakhi. The celebration often includes a nagar kirtan (parade). Surrey’s Guru Nana Sikh Gurdwara is one of the leading Sikh temples in Canada.