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 Day with lots of family-friendly events and attractions. Highlights include world-class performances including headliners Hedley, Chilliwack and Magic! 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

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

Surrey’s Heritage Rail

Take a ride on BCER 1225, a restored interurban railcar. The 1225 leaves from Cloverdale Station travelling through the farmlands 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

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
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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 Surrey Civic Plaza, with each course featuring a different narrative of Canadian heritage.

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

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Surrey City Centre Adds New Medical and Technology Hub

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Surrey is transforming.

There is no doubt about it. 3 Civic Plaza is in the midst of it all.

There is more hustle and bustle, and more change-making businesses are moving into Surrey City Centre.

Why do I say this?

There has been a positive turn in the news in the last few years. Not too long ago, the focus of Surrey news was on the urban sprawl, the taboo topics like drugs, shootings, or various crimes that is commonplace in all cities. Surrey was known as the ugly step sister amidst all of the changes in Metro Vancouver and Greater Vancouver. Now, the media is turning its attention away from those topics as the government, developers, investors, and local residents are beginning to believe in Surrey’s potential to become the urban hub of Greater Vancouver. More and more pieces are falling into place as Surrey, British Columbia, is recognized in Western Canada as a new hub that is attracting international business, technology and medical innovators in commercial developments; more developers are building residential towers; and the government is investing in the city’s public transportation (LRT and revamping SkyTrain stations) to make way for population growth.

It is projected that Surrey will absorb 70% of the entire South of the Fraser population growth over the next 25 years.

Western Investor’s latest news article referenced 3 Civic Plaza recently, and the move-in of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fifth campus. They also highlighted the immense population growth and how Surrey will overtake Vancouver’s status as the largest city in British Columbia. Surrey will lead the way in nurturing employees in sectors like retail trade, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, construction, and transportation and warehousing which are all key to our economic backbone.

To top it all off, they have a brilliant infographic to show for these exciting new changes.

This YouTube video depicts in animation the Planning and Development Department’s plan to urbanize Surrey, with high rises and convenient on the ground transportation. It visualizes how all of these different components connect the larger geographic regions within the City of Surrey.

Finally, this Business in Vancouver article highlights Lark Group’s “Stanford University-type” medical research hub that consists of eight office towers that will be part of the Health and Technology District and plugs Surrey into state-of-the-art connectivity infrastructure. The new addition to the Health and Technology District promises to inject $1.1 billion annually into the local economy and create 15,000 jobs.

Get a head start. Be part of these innovative changes. Live at the Center of it All.

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?

Prado Café in the Lobby

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Award-winning Barista Sammy Piccolo Brings Artisan Coffee to Surrey

Those who know Artigiano and 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters know Sammy Piccolo, the owner and operator of five Prado coffee shops in Metro Vancouver.

As a four-time Canadian Barista Champion, first ever winner of World Latte Art Championship, winner at the Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship, and four-time top-three placement for Canada at the World Barista Championships, Sammy understands how to get the best out of the café experience.

When asked about why he decided to open another Prado at 3 Civic Plaza Sammy said, “It’s going to be a great café. It’s going to be a meeting place for people. I really feel the energy of this place.”

Prado Café is an awesome addition to the grand lobby and will be one of the many social anchors for the community — for residents, guests and locals alike. Prado will support Civic Hotel with continental breakfast and other menu items. “We’re going to make everything in-house,” adds Sammy. “We’re going to do our own home-style baking, we’re going to do brunch, sandwiches, and the best coffee.”

Be sure to follow Prado Café on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for special promotions, hours of operation and updates on the new store at 3 Civic Plaza.

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

Civic Hotel: Surrey’s New Social Hub BC’s First Autograph Collection® Hotel Opens October 2017

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This October, at the Surrey Board of Trade’s Business in Excellence Awards, Century Group released a sneak preview of the new Civic Hotel brand to an enthusiastic audience of entrepreneurs, stakeholders and local business owners, all eager to find out more about this highly anticipated Marriott International hotel.

Civic Hotel at 3 Civic Plaza, Autograph Collection®, is a boutique hotel with 144 guest rooms, a conference floor with two ballrooms, a fitness centre, yoga studio, hair salon and spa, as well as a skydeck bar and special events space on the hotel’s rooftop.

Already, the Civic Hotel’s new Director of Sales, Kristin Bishop, has been busy assisting various groups and events organisers with conference floor bookings. As well as the Board of Trade, the City of Surrey is interested in expanding their event space around the plaza.

While guest room reservations are not yet available, Civic Hotel will be part of Marriott International’s global reservation system and the Marriott Rewards® member program in the new year.

For updates on reservation programs, group sales, hiring and news on special events and the hotel’s grand opening, please visit CivicHotel.ca or follow Civic Hotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.