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Surrey has approximately 1400 kilometres of urban watercourses that provide spawning and rearing habitats for 5 species of salmon and trout, a variety of wildlife, other freshwater fish populations local to British Columbia as well as other aquatic species.

Download our watercourse classification map to see where you can find salmon habitats throughout in Surrey.

In one season, more than 900 spawning Chum salmon were observed in Bear Creek in Bear Creek Park!

Watercourse Classification Map

Surrey developed its first Watercourse Classification Map in 1995 to classify streams based on their value as fish habitat for salmon and trout, collectively these are called 'salmonids'. The Watercourse Classification Map is updated when new information becomes available and is based on potential fish presence, duration and source of water, and the features of the surrounding vegetation.

It is also used as a tool by land developers and planners to ensure that sensitive habitats are protected when planning for new development areas by establishing protected zones (known as setbacks) along the watercourse.

Watercourse Classification Map Categories

Watercourses are divided into 4 categories and are colour coded similar to a traffic signal in RED, YELLOW and GREEN to indicate if there is fish habitat present so that any maintenance work that may need to occur in the stream can happen at the right time of the year to prevent impacts.

  • Class A (RED): Inhabited by salmonoids year round or potentialls inhabited year round
  • Class A(O) (RED dashed): Inhabited by salmonoids primarily during the over-wintering period or potentially inhabited during the over-wintering period with access enhancement
  • Class B (YELLOW): Significant food/nutrient value. No fish present.
  • Class C (GREEN): Insignificant food/nutrient value. No fish present.

Spotting Salmon in the City

Visit streams at the right time of the year and you will luck out by seeing spawning salmon returning to their home streams during their long journey from the Pacific Ocean. View maps of each of the following areas:

Interested in learning more about protecting fish habitats in Surrey? Join one of our fish programs or work alongside us in the Salmon Habitat Restoration Program to restore their habitats.