Surrey BC is a city within the Vancouver metropolitan area. It's located about ten miles to the east and a bit south of the mighty Fraser River, only a mile from Mud Bay and the beaches along the Strait of Georgia and the border with Washington State in the United States. Crescent Beach in South Surrey is where the city was first settled, and settlers came via the Semiahmoo Trail that led into the fertile river valley.
One of the main Surrey BC attractions is its proximity to the larger city of Vancouver, meaning that staying in Surrey hotels can be less expensive than those in the main part of the city, but still give you easy access to the city and the surrounding area. Another of the Surrey attractions is the Fraser River, where you will find more fabulous beaches and some of the best freshwater fishing available in a major urban area.
Surrey events are famously celebrated, and provide some of the most popular things to do in Surrey for tourists as well as celebrants from around British Columbia. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is held over the Victoria Day weekend every May. The Country Fair is part of the history of the region, and was first held in 1888. It was moved to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 1938, and the Rodeo was first held in 1945. After the internationally famous Calgary Stampede, this is the largest rodeo in Canada. After the controversial death of a calf in a roping event in 2007, the rodeo became the target of animal rights activists and dropped four roping events, which disqualified it from the professional rodeo circuit. Nonetheless, attending it remains one of the most popular things to do in Surrey during the month of May.
For those on family vacations, the annual Surrey BC Children's Festival occurs over several days in June during some of the best weather this area experiences. Also attractive to families is the fact that the events during the festival are primarily free. More than 10,000 participants make the Surrey Festival of Dance one of the largest amateur dance competitions in North America.
The Fraser River Valley is one of the richest agricultural regions in British Columbia, rivaling the beautiful Okanagan Valley. As a result, some of the main Surrey attractions revolve around agri-tourism. There are numerous traditional farms that are open to the public for tours and activities like picking your own blueberries, enjoying hay rides, and finding your way through corn mazes. Several farms in the area have also transformed themselves into charming and peaceful bed and breakfasts.
Other things to do in Surrey include enjoying beautiful beaches, several of which are on the Fraser River. One of the most popular beaches on the sea is Crescent Beach, which is visited by local residents as well as visitors from Vancouver. In addition to swimming, there are sea kayaks and boats available, and the crabbing is enjoyed by all.
Surrey BC golfing can be enjoyed on a number of courses, and you can also visit nearby historic Fort Langley, where the Hudson Bay Trading Company set up a small post to trade with the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. After the gold rush of 1858 drew a huge number of Americans, locals became fearful of being annexed by the United States. Thus, Fort Langley led to the establishment of the province of British Columbia.