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Blueways Master Plan

Fraser River

The City of Surrey has a number of rivers, lakes and ocean front parks and access points. 

There are many opportunities to discover the City's many waterways - one of the most popular of which is as a paddler with a non-motorized boat, like a kayak or canoe.  

The Blueways Master Plan (30MB) examines the amenities and opportunities to encourage non-motorized recreational boating on waterways, to facilitate family enjoyment and public education in a way that supports the fish, wildlife and agricultural communities.

Designated Blueway Routes in Surrey

See the blueways river map (13.79MB), to get a general outline of the 3 designated routes. Or, review the full Blueways Master Plan (30MB).

  • Nicomekl River - The Surrey Floating Nature Trail. Providing an interpretation-based and controlled paddling experience on the lower Nicomekl River, with enhancements to separate paddlers and other boaters from sensitive waterfowl areas and seasons.
  • Serpentine River - The Serpentine Paddling Circuit. Providing a loop circuit for novice and exercise-oriented paddlers in the central Serpentine Valley.
  • Fraser River - The Fraser River Challenge. Providing a route for experienced paddlers from Surrey Bend to Brownsville Bar, as a part of a regional blueway paddling system throughout the Fraser Valley.

Blueways Master Plan Principles

  • Use the Blueways Program to increase public respect for the fish and wildlife values of Surrey waterways, in particular waterfowl use in the Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area.
  • Design a management plan that will avoid public access to private agricultural property including private dykes.
  • Encourage responsible recreational paddling on Surrey's waterways, within the carrying capacity of the waterways, both for comfort of people users as well as waterfowl.
  • Take an adaptive management approach to Surrey Blueways, where the program will be designed to adapt as more detailed information and use experience comes forward.
  • Phase in the program slowly, and direct short-term attention to realizing existing opportunities and solving existing conflicts, moving to gradual expansion of the program based on initial successes.
  • Create a recreational experience focused on family and entry-level paddlers in canoes and kayaks. Play a role in discouraging motorized watercraft above the seadams.
  • Offer a range of non-motorized watercraft experience, allowing for user choice and variety, as well as the upgrading of user paddling skills over time.
  • Enhance tourism and environmental offerings of the City of Surrey.
  • Recognize the limits of jurisdiction of the City of Surrey over navigable water use. The focus of this program will be on design and management of facilities owned and operated by the City and its direct partners. It is recognized that other agencies control navigable waters.

Contact us by email at parksrecculture@surrey.ca or by phone at 604-501-5050 with any questions on blueways in Surrey.