Surrey is BC's second largest city and the 12th largest in Canada, and is located only 35 minutes south east of Vancouver. With a population of 470,000 citizens, Surrey is known for its diversity, blend of landscapes, and friendly community. Visitors world-wide are drawn to its lush green terrain and popular amenities. South of the city is the US state of Washington, a popular recreation and vacation destination for many Surrey homeowners.
Surrey land fosters growth and beauty: citizens have access to over 6,000 acres of park land and nature trails. Agricultural farmers provide residents locally grown fruits and vegetables, while stunning gardens offer relaxation and elegant beauty. Surrey residents and wine lovers alike can voyage to any of the 200 wineries in the province.
Nearly 50% of Surrey residents are visible minorities, adding a spectrum of cultures and diversity to our great city. Festivals and galleries keep the city vibrant and contribute to the growing arts scene. From glass blowing to arts tours, the showcase of rich culture is found everywhere. Families in Surrey love our multiculturalism! Cultural diversity also extends to dining locations, expanding the culinary choices available. Casual, fine dining and fast food are suitably placed throughout the city; however, it is the ethnic cuisine that truly adds flavour. Mediterranean, Asian, Hispanic and Caribbean are just a sampling of the dining experiences available in Surrey.
There are approximately 164,000 homes in Surrey with a 72% home ownership rate. Half of these homes have been constructed within the past 20 years, while the other half are mature, older homes with a lot of character. The city is an excellent place to raise a family: children can attend any of the 100 elementary schools, 19 secondary schools or 23 independent schools. Within Surrey there are 2 major post-secondary institutions, Kwantlen Polytechnic and Simon Fraser University's Surrey Campus.
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