Newton is a culturally diverse community that hosts one of the largest Vaisakhi Parades outside India. It is Surrey's most populous town centre.
Welcome to Newton
Newton is a culturally diverse community that is home to the region’s largest South Asian community. Among the variety of educational, recreational and cultural facilities located in Newton are the main Surrey campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Bell Centre for Performing Arts, the Newton Cultural Centre and the Newton Recreation Centre.
Every year Newton plays host to one of the largest Vaisakhi Parades outside of India, welcoming more than 400,000 people. It is also home to the Payal Plaza, known as the Punjabi market area.
Newton also includes the historic village of Sullivan, anchored by the Sullivan Community Hall. Also in Newton you will find the region's largest fully accessible playground at Unwin Park, and coastal views of Mud Bay.
Newton is bordered by the City of Delta to the west, Mud Bay and South Surrey to the south, 160 Street to the east and the communities of Whalley and Fleetwood to the north.
In 2016, the population of Newton was 149,040 or 29% of Surrey’s total population. In 2020, Newton's population was 153,650. It is projected to grow to 187,620 over the next 30 years. Discover more census data of Newton in the Neighbourhood Profile of Newton.
Newton Community Centre
The City is building a new community centre in Newton at 6965 King George Boulevard. This new community hub has the potential to provide more aquatic, cultural, library and recreation services to meet the demands of the fast-growing Newton community.
Construction of the Newton Community Centre is setd to begin in 2022.
Newton Business Improvement Association
The Newton Business Improvement Association (Newton BIA) supports Newton in a number of ways. Its main focus is to bring business members, organizations and community stakeholders together to create a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood for the residents, workers, and visitors in the area.
The Newton area, like all other areas of Surrey and the Lower Mainland, is situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people, including the Katzie, Kwantlen and Semiahmoo nations who have ancient and ongoing ties to this place.
The area is named after Elias John Newton, a settler with a homestead along 72 Avenue (known as Newton Road, ca. 1890-1957) near 124 Street (southern boundary of Newton Athletic Park). The Newton name was more firmly recognized in 1910 following the establishment of Newton Station on the B.C. Electric Railway line.
In 1914, Newton Elementary opened on the northwest corner of the intersection of today’s King George Boulevard and 72 Avenue. This intersection would gradually become the main commercial district of the area, particularly after the completion of King George Boulevard in 1940.
Numerous businesses opened in the vicinity of 72 Avenue and King George Boulevard, and gradually municipal services and amenities were established, including the Newton Library, Unwin Park, Newton Arena (1973), Newton Athletic Park, and Newton Wave Pool (1987).
Princess Margaret Secondary School (1951) was the first high school to open in the area, followed by Frank Hurt Secondary School (1973). The population of the area began to increase substantially in the 1980s. In 2016 the broader Newton community was home to over 149,000 residents, making it the most populous community in Surrey. (Source: Newton Town Centre Plan, 2020)
Photo: First Bank at Newton, about 1945. The bank was in the former Taxi Office (7153 King George). The bank moved to Shephard block and later to Plaza. From Surrey Archives Collection F83-0-7
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