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Easter Holiday Roundup for Surrey, BC

Easter holiday roundup in Surrey, BC

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Easter is a fun time for the whole family. It’s a holiday where we celebrate cultural traditions, but also put a welcoming spin on it that is open to anyone. If you’re visiting Surrey this weekend, there’s plenty to do, from carnival rides and Easter egg decorating to a magical Easter egg hunt at our own historic Stewart Farm — and much more!

Check out these events that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face: (more…)

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2014 Surrey Vaisakhi Parade. Free Shows, Great Food and a Fun Day Out

The Vaisakhi Parade. A Cultural Festival

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The annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade is happening again on Saturday April 19th.  The record breaking turnouts of the last few years will likely be repeated again in 2014, so get ready for one of the Lower Mainland’s most vibrant and colorful cultural events.

What’s the Vaisakhi Parade all about? It was celebrated in Northern India as the beginning of the year, but in 1699 it also gained a special significance for Sikhs as the founding day of their religion.  Though large Vaisakhi celebrations are held in London and New York, the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade is known as the largest of it’s kind outside of India! (more…)

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Surrey Art Walks. Add Some Artistic Character to Your Visit

Public Art in Surrey, BC

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A creative flowering of public art in recent years has given Surrey’s neighbourhoods, parks and institutions an impressive artistic character through public artworks. Noteworthy public markers attest to its rich and diverse human heritage, with new artworks in development all the time according to a Public Art plan scheduled through 2016. With the better weather we’re having these days, you can get out and take a public art walk to tour around these wonders. Check out the Public Art map that includes dozens of public artworks from Whalley to South Surrey and use the official City of Surrey ArtWalk app to help guide you to artworks nearby that you can share with friends!

Visitors are welcome to see what’s new on the app — and be sure to check out these interesting highlights: (more…)

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Shopping Malls of Surrey, BC. Big Stores, Boutiques and Bargains


Shopping Malls of Surrey, BCWhen visitors think about shopping in Surrey, maybe their mind skews to the unique specialty shops and boutique stores that help make this city special — local favourites like the Honeybee Centre, Bombay Collection, or Poshshop, where you can pick up amazing one-of-a-kind finds. But if you’re wanting a full-day, one-stop shopping experience, Surrey’s major shopping centres have what you want, too!

Central City Shopping Centre

It didn’t take long for the new mall to become a major draw for visitors and locals alike. Check out more than 140 retail stores, restaurants and services at Central City in the heart of the newly urbanized heart of Surrey. Bed Bath & Beyond, T&T Supermarket and Best Buy are just a few of the major brand-name, big-box stores where you can find what you want — and many boutique stores besides selling everything from the latest fashions to video games, music and more. New arrivals include Target, Virgin Mobile, Rochells Jewellers and others.

This mall is also a kind of community centre, hosting plenty of events, like upcoming Easter festivities and a Vaisakhi commemoration. Conveniently located near the new SFU campus and other central amenities, there’s plenty to keep you busy inside and outside of this major shopping centre.

Grandview Corners

Designed as an outdoor mall, this upscale shopping centre gives you a very different experience than your typical indoor bazaar. This major new retail destination just north of White Rock offers big-box convenience with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Future Shop, The Brick, along with over 70 boutique shops, services and tasty dining options. You can find pretty much anything you’ll need, from high fashion to home furnishings and more, without venturing out of this cozy corner of sunny South Surrey.

Grandview Corners offers a relaxed feel; ‘power shoppers’ are welcome, but the real attraction here is for folks who just want to browse and shop at their own leisurely pace — a pleasant spot to hang out in sunny Surrey!

Guildford Town Centre

Guildford Town Centre has been a major shopping mall in Surrey pretty much for as long as we’ve had major shopping malls. A major $280 million redevelopment of the area is ongoing — ultimately, this will be the biggest shopping location south of the Fraser River, with over 1.2 million square feet of retail space.

Local shopper Taylor K. (via Yelp) has been following that redevelopment and likes what he sees:

“I have to say this mall has really been upgraded with the renovation. It’s brighter and more welcoming than before and with the addition of new stores like Sephora, Lego and Lush… I am really liking this mall. I don’t have to travel to Vancouver to get to some of these stores… The mall is still smaller than Metrotown but it’s way better than before.” Nice!

The Shops at Morgan Crossing

While nearby malls like Central City and Guildford Town Centre wow you with their sheer size, the more modest Shops at Morgan Crossing is all about offering select brand-name value with a convenient shopping experience. Located in South Surrey, this popular spot has a lot of big-name high fashion names like Calvin Klein, Van Heusen and Banana Republic, along with more mainstream stores like the GAP, Lucky Brand Jeans Outlet and Roots 73. Aside from an excellent choice of stores, the mall hosts community events and fundraisers, like a spring skate happening now. It’s big city shopping with a real cozy neighborhood feel.

What are your favourite malls to shop at in Surrey, BC? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrating Spring Break in Surrey, BC

Fun Stuff to Do In Surrey BC on Spring Break

Photo Credit: Matthew Kenwrick

School’s out! Whether you get one week or two, Spring Break is finally here — and you can make the most of it right in and around Surrey, BC. Get out there, try something different and explore events around your city while you can! Here’s a handy list to help you get started:

Bear Creek Park Train & Mini-Golf. Take a 10-minute ride on a track themed that’s perfect for kids and then test your putting skills on 18 holes.

Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino. Place your bet on the horses or try to win big at the tables in this popular site in historic Cloverdale. (more…)

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