Discover Surrey's Trees
Connect with heritage trees in your neighbourhood, enjoy a trip to one of Surrey’s arboretums, or take a virtual tour of the Great Trees of Surrey.
Great Trees of Surrey Tour
You don’t have to go far to find great trees, from flowering dogwoods and towering redwoods to stately oaks and Douglas-firs.
These great trees, chosen for their size, appearance or importance, grow in our parks and yards, and along our streets. Take a virtual tour or venture out to meet them in person. Note that some of these trees are located on private property but are easily visible from the street or sidewalk.
Surrey’s story is closely tied to trees. They help us connect to the past, present and future. There are more than 200 trees with heritage status in Surrey, many of which can be found in Redwood Park, Port Kells Park, and Green Timbers Park.
Nominate a Heritage Tree
When a tree is nominated for heritage status, it's evaluated by a certified arborist, reviewed by Surrey's Heritage Advisory Commission, and, if it's suitable, granted heritage status by Mayor and Council.
Nominate a tree you think should be on Surrey's Heritage Tree list. Call 604-501-5050 for trees on public property or 604-591-4675 for trees on private property.
Find Surrey's Big Trees
Most of Surrey’s trees are second growth. Still, if you know where to look you can still find some giants to admire. These parks have big trees for you to try to wrap your arms around. Want to find out how tall a tree is? Try using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app. With it, you can measure tree height and circumference using your phone.
Green Timbers Urban Forest Park
Once home to towering 200-foot tall trees, this unique urban forest consists of trees planted from seedlings in the first reforestation effort in British Columbia.
Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park
This is one of the first designated urban forest parks in Canada. After it was logged in the early 1900s, the forest regenerated on its own, resulting in a diverse community of plants.
Port Kells Park
Look for the oldest known tree planted in a Surrey Park and some giant old trees back in the forest.
Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve Park
Spot the 175-foot Douglas-fir along the south edge of the park, a designated heritage tree that is over 180 years old.
An arboretum is a collection of trees. Think of it as a living tree museum – a place where you can wander through living corridors and connect with species from all over the world. Our arboretums give us a connection to other parts of the world—you might even find a tree from a place you’ve been. The collections include both native and exotic trees.
Visit each season to experience the arboretums in a new way. You’ll see diverse bark that pops against the drab winter, foliage of spectacular colour in the fall, beautiful blossoms in the spring, and a lush canopy of varying green in the summer.
Surrey Nature Centre (Green Timbers Park)
Enjoy a collection of over 75 species, including some over 100 years old! Originally, this arboretum was planned as an experiment to see what would thrive in our climate. Everything has survived except species from New Zealand and Australia. While you are there, walk through the Inaugural Plantation which was planted in 1930 as the first reforestation project in British Columbia.
Get to know 50 magnificent species of trees and explore five towering groves. In particular, the namesake of the park – the majestic redwoods. The arboretum includes coastal, dawn, and Sierra redwoods.