Visitor Experience coordinator Sandra Borger tours the Trailblazing: Women in Canada Since 1867 exhibit.

Discover the challenges and achievements of women throughout Canada's history.

June 22, 2021
Museum of Surrey

Surrey, BC  Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 opens at Museum of Surrey in the feature gallery on June 24. The nationally travelling exhibition, created by the Waterloo Region Museum in collaboration with women’s history professors from the University of Waterloo, explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work, and everyday life.  

From multi-media presentations and artifacts to interactives like a hands-on hockey game that highlights Canadian female players from a variety of time periods, Trailblazing offers an exciting and educational experience for all ages and identifications.    

“We are thrilled to offer this powerful exhibit sharing the experience of women – mothers, sisters, daughters, partners, and friends—from all walks of Canadian life, right here in Surrey,” said Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery. “This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the challenges faced by women both historically and today.”    

Discover Canadian women who have been “trailblazers” in bringing about social and political change the past 150 years, including Hide Hyodo Shimizu (a teacher who organized a school system in B.C.’s Japanese internment camps during the Second World War) and Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2007).    

Know a remarkable Surrey woman in your life? Whether she is a hardworking mom, a selfless volunteer or someone advocating for change, nominate her via Museum of Surrey’s Facebook page, Instagram or email and share what makes her an inspiration. 

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 is a production of Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener, Ontario, that runs at Museum of Surrey until September 24. Visitors must pre-register for one-hour long self-guided visits. The museum follows all citywide COVID- 19 safety protocols as per Health BC, City of Surrey and Worksafe BC. Masks are mandatory. Registration required for every person in your family group, including infants. For more information, visit   

Contact info

Kristyl Clark  
Communications Coordinator   
Heritage Services