About Surrey

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Surrey is the 2nd largest city in BC and the 12th largest city in Canada with a population of over 468,000. And we're still growing. We’re set to become the most populated city in Metro Vancouver by 2020, as people from around the world continue to move to one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada.

Young and diverse population shows the future lives here

Our population is young and diverse. Over 27% of Surrey's population is under 19 years old, and over 43% of our residents speak a language that is not English at home. Children and youth and diversity are what makes us unique, with families coming to Surrey communities from South Asia, Korea, China and all around the world.

Learn about Surrey's communities and see why the future lives here.

Things to do in Surrey shows off our culture and nature

Over 6000 acres of parkland and green space gives Surrey the name, City of Parks. But, Surrey provides much more to residents, businesses and visitors alike. Surrey offers many things to do, like the arts and culture in our galleries, events and festivals and leisure activities. The Canada Day celebration, and the Fusion Festival are 2 of the region's most popular summer festivals, and see thousands of visitors every year.

Make your things to do in Surrey list and get ready to stay here and play everywhere. Check out Surrey Tourism’s Top 12 things to do in Surrey (Website. New window.) to get your list started. When you're ready, find us less than 40 minutes from Vancouver International Airport, just north of the USA border.

Explore more facts on Surrey, to see why 468,000 people think we’re the perfect place to live, work and play.

Message from Mayor Watts

Welcome to the City of Surrey, on behalf of Surrey City Council!

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Tourism Surrey

Discover why Surrey is a great place to live, work, stay and play!

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Surrey Communities

See which of 6 Surrey's communities you live in, and explore everything that's going on around your neighbourhood.

Surrey Facts

Access the essential information about the City of Surrey, including population, climate and transportation.

Surrey City Hall

City Government

Meet our Mayor and Council, browse our departments, find people to help you and learn about the government of Surrey, BC.

Mayor Watts and Council accepting an Excellence Award

City Accomplishments

Witness how City of Surrey accomplishments and awards are making us one of the top 100 employers in BC.

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History of Surrey

Unearth the history of Surrey BC, and discover how, since 1879, we've grown to be one of the most populated cities in Metro Vancouver.

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Plans & Strategies

Review Surrey's plans and strategies, from the Build Surrey program to the Child & Youth Friendly City Strategy.

Surrey residential neighbourhood.

Settling in Surrey

Get resources to help you settle in your new Surrey community.

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Sister & Friendship Cities

Meet Surrey's sister and friendship cities, who are working with us to promote education, economic and cultural awareness.

Statistics & Resources

Access Surrey's land use maps, development statistics, building permit statistics, population and demographic information.