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Heritage Planning

Our historic roots stem from the influence of First Nations people and later settlers that harvested the trees, farmed the fertile soils, and established communities.

Efforts to conserve our heritage through City initiative date back to the 1970s when the first heritage site, the Semiahmoo Trail, was designated by Council. The City's Heritage Advisory Commission came into being in 1976, our Community Heritage Register was established in 1997, and we developed our Heritage Management Plan in 2000. In 2010, we undertook a strategic review (PDF. New window.) of the our heritage policies, practices and resources which resulted in a renewed vision for Surrey's heritage program. 

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side view of Kensington Prairie Community Centre

Heritage Around Surrey

Explore more than 200 built, natural and cultural sites around Surrey and learn how they're contributing to our City's heritage.

Looking down a tree-canoped Semiahmoo Trail.

Planning for Heritage

Learn how heritage conservation is integrated into community planning in Surrey.

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Heritage Documents

Access numerous heritage planning policy documents, guidelines, and other publications developed by the City of Surrey and view the latest h [...]

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Heritage in the City Award

The Heritage in the City award encourages exceptional efforts in Surrey's unique heritage and acknowledges best practices that enrich and improve access to Surrey's built, natural and cultural heritage.

Surrey Museum at night

Heritage Facilities & Services

Visit Surrey's heritage facilities and learn more about our city's past, present and future.