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Celebrate Canada Day in Surrey

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It’s almost July 1st and Canada’s 150th Birthday. For this occasion, several celebrations have been planned in Surrey and are suitable for people of all ages. Here are a few events announced in the Edmonton Journal.

Surrey Canada Day

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with lots of family-friendly events and attractions. Highlights include world-class performances including headliners Hedley, Chilliwack and Magic!; amusement rides, a Canada150 Zone, a zip line, activities for all ages from a Strawberry Tea for seniors to Science World demonstrations for the kids, and a spectacular fireworks finale.

  • Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64th Ave., Surrey
  • July 1, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Free
  • Website

Dominion Days Festival

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the Farm and party like it’s 1899 at this throwback event reviving Dominion Days. Enjoy live music, dance performances, carnival games, crafts and more.

  • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey
  • July 1 and July 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Free, 604-592-6956

Canada Is…

We’re more than maple syrup and moose. We go beyond beavers and hockey sticks. This exhibit shares what it means to be Canadian and is a celebration of 150 years of Canuck culture.

  • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey
  • Until Sept. 4, Fridays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m.
  • 604-592-6956

Surrey’s Heritage Rail

Take a ride on BCER 1225, a restored interurban railcar. The 1225 leaves from Cloverdale Station travelling through the farm lands to Sullivan Station, passing across Highway 10. Each ride is approximately 55 minutes round trip, and includes commentary along the way.

  • Cloverdale Station, Hwy. 10 and 176A Street, behind the Clydesdale Inn, Cloverdale
  • May 6 until Oct. 1, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • $5, $10, $15

Bear Creek Park Canada Day

Celebrate Canada Day on the Canadian themed Bear Creek Park train. There will be lots of other fun activities such as arts and crafts and Canadian music celebrating Canada Day. Bring your children out to the park to enjoy the outdoor activities: water park , playground, walking trails , outdoor pool, picnic areas and free parking!

  • Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC
  • July 1, 10:00am to 6:45pm – Last train leaves the station at 6:45pm. Last entry to golf is 6:00pm. Door closes at 6:45pm
  • Train: Adults & children $6.00 each + tax
  • Mini Golf: $5.50 $6.50, $7.50
  • 604-501-1232
  • Website

The Long Long Table: A Community Affair

Pull up a chair and take a seat at The Long, Long Table and enjoy a unique dining experience with your community. This event offers the chance for people who work, live, and learn in Surrey’s downtown core to come together and celebrate community and Canada’s 150th birthday. Feast on a delicious five-course meal outside in the scenic Civic Plaza, with each course featuring a different narrative of Canadian heritage.

  • Civic Plaza, 13450 104th Ave., Surrey
  • June 27, 5-9 p.m.
  • $40

Seniors’ Strawberry Tea

You’re invited to the annual Seniors’ Strawberry Tea on Canada Day. This traditional event is hosted by Mayor and Council and they will be serving tea and strawberry cake to the seniors of Surrey. There will also be live entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176th St., Surrey
  • July 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Government Focuses on Surrey for Urban Growth

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It’s no secret that Surrey is changing.

From the new high-rises to the booming population growth, and Translink’s plans to redevelop the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and add it to the map of the Light Rail Transit line that is part of the $2-billion 10-year transit plan. It’s clear that the government sees South of the Fraser as the next big opportunity for Metro Vancouver.

Recently, the candidates for the B.C. Elections are focusing on spending $1 billion to replace the Patullo Bridge, and both levels of the government are in talks about committing $4.4 billion to the project that is a major connector of South of the Fraser to the rest of the Lower Mainland.

With billions on the line and buzz all around, it’s exciting to be a spectator of the growth of The City of Surrey, and also be at the forefront of this change, or at the very least, be part of this change. 

So what does this mean for us when the government is starting to prepare for future demand and overcrowding in our transportation systems?

This means the leaders of our municipalities and cities are foreseeing what we saw years ago when we started to plan for 3 Civic Plaza.

They’re seeing Surrey as a place of growth and change, and they’re investing in it; they’re anticipating population growth and preparing for a major shift that is already starting to take form; they’re encouraging us to change our perspective on Surrey’s reputation.

They’re taking action.

3 Civic Plaza is the icon that represents this change because we believe that we can be a beacon for innovation and belief. For the most part, we’ve done just that by inviting Kwantlen Polytechnic University to open its business campus here in the heart of Surrey Downtown and opening a luxury brand boutique hotel, Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, that will serve as the meeting space for major businesses and business-minded people.

To all those who joined us on this journey, we want to sincerely thank you.

What are your thoughts on the recent activity?

3 Civic Plaza Featured in Surrey604’s Exclusive Web Series

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An influential local blog called Surrey604 partnered with David Smith from David Smith Homes to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at one of Century Group‘s most exciting projects: 3 Civic Plaza. In the premier episode of The Local, a Surrey-based web series that focuses on building up our local communities, 3 Civic Plaza is recognized as a local icon that will be alive with visitors, residents, students, government and business people in Surrey.

The episode 3 Civic Plaza – An Icon Arises, places emphasis on the project’s identity as more than just the tallest tower being built in the City of Surrey, but a community. We were asked to share what makes 3 Civic Plaza iconic to the current Surrey community, such as, Prado Cafe’s plans to move into Surrey and a first look at Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection. As we head closer to project completion date that is projected for Fall 2017, we’re happy to see unified support from the City, partners, and other guests, including:

We want to extend our appreciation, as without the support and recognition from the local community, partners, and staff, 3 Civic Plaza will not have been as well-recognized and successful as it is today.

Watch Season 1 – The Local – 3 Civic Plaza

A ‘town triangle’ comes to Surrey City Centre

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Why don’t we do town squares in the lower mainland? No self-respecting European city would be seen without one. These are focal points for the community. Coffee happens in the morning, markets are held in the day and restaurants put out tables for dinners at night. Okay, I know that in this part of the world we’d need some pretty serious umbrellas but still – where are our community gathering places?

Are malls currently our modern equivalent to the traditional town square? My need is not for harsh lighting and echoing acoustics. When hungry, I prefer to not be faced with a range of undigestible ingestibles in an area that makes seagulls over fresh garbage seem polite and tidy. And don’t even get me started on the music!

So what do you want if you aren’t happy with the existing mall world? I want to stop for a mouth-watering snack that provides actual nutrition, in an area that refreshes my senses, not refreshes my hostile attitude toward my fellow man. I want my eyes to enjoy themselves with lovely vistas, interesting statues, artwork and architecture.

So is there a way to make a nice town square, or triangle? The new civic plaza might just be the answer. The impressive new Surrey City Hall,  spectacular City Centre Library and luxury hotel and residences at 3 Civic Plaza will create a triangle with a plaza in the center connecting them all. The plaza is quite vast, and will be able to host up to 5,000 people for events and celebrations. Hopes are high that it will be the new hub for art markets, street food venders, live concerts and more. Aside from connecting  city hall, the library and 3 Civic Plaza, it will also act as a corridor that will extend to the future Performing Arts Centre, SFU Surrey and the Central City Shopping Centre.

When finished the civic plaza sounds like it’s going to be pretty amazing; truly a new urban village in downtown Surrey that will be unlike anything else in the rest of Surrey or Metro Vancouver. Now all we need is a few funky eclectic shops and some restaurants with patio tables extending out onto the plaza and we’ll have the ultimate town triangle. No trip to Europe necessary.

 

Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Surrey City Centre

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Have you ever been to Taqueria Jalisco Restaurant in Surrey City Centre? We wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t. Take it from us, it’s NOT easy to find, but once you do you’ll be glad you did.

This family owned restaurant is truly a hidden gem in Surrey City Centre. If you like authentic Mexican food you’ll appreciate this restaurant. On the other hand, if your idea of Mexican is hard shell tacos with shredded iceberg lettuce, than this might not be the place for you.

This wonderful hole-in-the-wall almost overloads your senses when you first walk in the door. The decor includes orange walls, hanging Mexican flags, as well as many knickknacks and other paraphernalia adorning the space (but we feel those things just adds to the restaurants off-beat charm). There are also hand-made piñatas hanging from the ceiling in all different colours and with only 8 tables, it’s very cozy!

The staff are all very warm and friendly and our server was quite happy to go over the menu with us and make suggestions as to what we might order. We all ended up having different burritos, which were huge!  While we were there, we noticed the table next to us had ordered nachos, which looked amazing, so we’ll have to go back for those one day soon.

The only downside of this restaurant is that it isn’t licensed, so if you find yourself craving a margaritas to accompany your meal, you’re out of luck. Overall however, we give this place top marks for their fantastic home-made food and authentic small town Mexican experience.

You’ll find this gem tucked away near the Gateway SkyTrain Station on Grosvenor Road. The address is 13646 Grosvenor Road, just off of King George Boulevard.

For more info check out their website.

 

***Photo credit for the image above goes to MePlusFood.com, check them out for more great Surrey restaurants to try!

8 Coffee Shops Within 8 Blocks – Surrey City Centre

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Part of what makes a community start to feel like home is when you establish your go-to places for all of your daily needs. These include, your favourite places to meet friends, the grocery store with the best local produce, the dry cleaner that will have your favourite dress back to you in time for the big event (the next night), and your favourite place to get your daily java fix. For a relatively small geographic area, you might be surprised at how many coffee shops there are in Surrey City Centre. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it within a few blocks of the City Centre.

The first, Take 5 Cafe, is located right inside Surrey’s new City Hall. City Hall is a phenomenal building that epitomizes the transformation Surrey City Centre is undergoing. Therefore, we think it makes the perfect place for business meetings, when you feel like getting out of the office. It’s also a great place for people watching, as you’ve got a direct view of all the activity happening on the plaza.

For those who can’t function until they’ve had their morning coffee, the Urban Café is conveniently located right under the Central City SkyTrain station, making it the perfect place to grab a coffee and go during your morning commute. Apart from the location, the incredibly friendly owner is another reason we keep going back to this place. He’s always in a great mood and you receive an exceptional level of service you just don’t get at your typical chain.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy a coffee with a good book or while you work, Cafe Central is a great option since it’s located inside City Centre Library. The library is such an amazing building and a great place to go when you need some inspiration.

Another coffee shop we love due to its location is the Blenz at the foot of Central City Tower. The courtyard in front of Central City mall is the perfect place to sit outside during your lunch hour or with friends on a sunny day. There’s also lots of seating inside so if it’s too cold to sit outside, you’ll never be left with nowhere to sit.

A coffee shop farther North, across from the Gateway SkyTrain Station, is Waves. One of the main reasons we like Waves is because it’s one of the few establishments left that still welcome students and entrepreneurs to use their coffee shops as their work stations. While other coffee shops are starting to limit the amount of time patrons can access WiFi or quietly plug their power outlets, Waves has done neither and welcomes people to stay all day if they should so choose.

Last but not least, if you prefer Starbucks’ signature burnt taste, then you’re in luck because there are three Starbucks locations in Surrey City Centre. There’s one inside Central City Mall, another  inside the Safeway on the corner of King George Blvd and 104 Avenue, and a third location on King George Blvd  just south of 104 Avenue.

So there you have it, eight coffee shops within an eight block radius. Let us know which one of these will become your next go-to coffee spot!

 

***If sourcing local brews is more up your alley, check out our post on two great local breweries in Surrey!