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Every River Tells A Story

Explore the winding paths of Surrey’s rivers through physical landscapes as well as social and economic landscapes

In our ever-expanding urban environment the importance of our rivers is easily forgotten. Personal stories from people past and present explore the winding paths of Surrey’s rivers; not just through our physical landscape, but also our social and economic landscapes. Meander through the exhibit and follow their intriguing personal narratives.

  • Historical figures like First Nations Chief Staquist and Sir James Douglas as well as early Surrey settlers provide narratives of how rivers were essential to survival in the past.
  • Modern accounts from river workers and environmental advocates like Rick Hansen tell why these rivers are still important to Surrey and reflect on how our waterways have shaped the City’s identity.
  • Learn how steam paddle wheelers and ferries plied the waters of the Fraser, providing essential connections between people, goods and markets between Surrey and New Westminster. See how huge ships bring cargo up the river to Fraser Surrey Docks today, and learn from the captain of a modern dredger about the millions of tons of soil that his ship brings up each year.
  • Kids and adults alike will explore the winding waterways of Surrey through stories, interactive displays, and images from local artists and photographers. View stunning digital photography provided by Sullivan Heights Secondary School Fine Arts students, and add your own river story to the database kiosk. Stay on course with a real ship’s wheel and compass, and guess the different things people do on Surrey’s rivers!

Related Programs

Sign your kid or family up for a program to learn more about this exhibition. Register by calling 604-592-6956.

Underwater Palace

Tots learn about local animals and fish that live in BC’s rivers and oceans as they make a mermaid’s palace and garden to take home. For kids, ages 3-5 years.

  • Date: Friday, September 26
  • Time: 10:30am-12noon
  • Price: 1 session $10.75 (3-5yrs)
  • Registration code: 4370084

Explore Like Dora: River Kids

Tots decorate their own backpack then be like Dora as they explore river navigation in BC. Tour the feature exhibit, Every River Tells a Story, then make a boat to race! For kids, ages 3-5 years.

  • Date: Friday, October 10
  • Time: 10:30am-12noon
  • Price: 1 session $10.75 (3-5yrs)
  • Registration code: 4370093

Brave River Explorers

Navigate the Museum’s feature exhibit, Every River Tells a Story, and learn about the importance and dangers of river exploration in Surrey and the West Coast. For kids, ages 6-9 years.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15
  • Time: 10:30am-12noon
  • Price: 1 session $10.75 (6-9yrs)
  • Registration code: 4373416