A woman takes a photo of herself and others behind her in a crowd of people at a colourful parade

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!

A culturally diverse community, Newton is home to the region’s largest South Asian community and the heart of South Asian eats, clothing, and jewellry shops. Every year Newton hosts one of the largest Vaisakhi Parades outside of India, welcoming more than 400,000 people. 

Newton also includes the historic village of Sullivan, anchored by the Sullivan Community Hall, as well as the Panorama neighbourhood.

Location

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.

Newton Highlighted Community Map

Census Data

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.

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Economic Strengths

In terms of economic strengths, Newton has Surrey’s largest inventory of fully-serviced industrial and mixed employment lands, making it home to a variety of industrial sectors such as food and beverage manufacturing, metal manufacturing, and wood and furniture manufacturing. 

Newton is also fostering innovation and next generation talent as home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University's main campus, Powertech Labs, one of the largest clean energy testing and research laboratories in North America, and the Simon Fraser University Fuel Cell Research Lab.

Coming Soon

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 set to begin in 2022.

Newton Recreation Centre Gym

Newton: Planning for the Future


 

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 BIA publishes an online business directory, hosts several annual community events, and has various safety and beautification programs in place to benefit the entire community. 

Children at a craft booth at an outdoor festival

Newton's History

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)

Black and white photo of a house with a Canadian Bank of Commerce sign

Photo: First Bank at Newton, about 1945. From Surrey Archives Collection F83-0-7

A black and white photo of a strip mall and sign that says Newton Plaza

Photo: Newton Plaza, 1961. From Surrey Archives Collection F49-0-5


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