Crazy for Cloverdale
Rich in history with a small-town feel, the streets of Cloverdale are lined with boutique shops and beautifully manicured hanging flower baskets. Cloverdale is Surrey’s quaintest and most charming neighbourhood, and was actually Surrey’s birthplace. Named after its fields that were once abundant in green clovers, Cloverdale is now home to a mix of shopping, agriculture, and heritage. So what exactly is there to do and see in Cloverdale? Here’s what we’re crazy about in Cloverdale.
If you love to learn and discover new facts and anecdotes, Cloverdale is the place to be. The Honeybee Centre is not only a working honeybee farm, but they also offer colouring, honey tasting, and even an observation hive to hunt for the illusive queen bee. Cloverdale is home to the Surrey Museum: a portal into Surrey’s history, and hosts exhibits that change over the course of the year. The final days of the Community Treasures: My Disney World exhibit are on until May 14th, and the Museum has a Kids Gallery, dedicated to teaching kiddos all about sustainability and why it’s important. Another fun way to really experience Surrey’s heritage is to ride the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway! Dating all the way back to 1910, a section of the old BC Electric Railway has been resurrected hosts one-hour tours on the weekend.
Cloverdale is packed with independently-owned, speciality restaurants, bakeries, and food shops suitable for foodies in search of a great meal. A relative new-comer to Cloverdale’s restaurant scene is Masquesolo Sushi, with a huge menu and more speciality sushi rolls than we’ve ever seen, you’re bound to find your new favourite roll. Coffee cravings can be cured at many of Cloverdale’s coffee shops, but Cloverdale Coffee‘s atmosphere and selection takes the cake (oh… and they serve that, too!). With an extensive coffee, breakfast, and alcoholic beverage menu, there’s a lot to taste and sip. A hearty upscale pub meal can be found at Hawthorne Beer Market. With a long list of craft beers and a food menu filled with pizzas, variations of poutine, burgers, and more, you won’t leave hungry (or thirsty).
Cloverdale’s downtown core is abundant in small, independently owned shops and businesses. From vintage hunting at the Urban Safari Vintage Store to unique home decor finds at The Abode, and even fun #KidApprovedBC activities at Create-It Emporium, you can bounce from shop-to-shop all day long and find something completely new every time. On select Sundays throughout Spring and Summertime, the Cloverdale Market Days shuts down Downtown Cloverdale to offer patrons locally grown and made goodies.
The Cloverdale Rodeo has been taking over Cloverdale every May Long weekend since 1888, and has grown to incorporate more and more events as the years have passed. One all around favourite is the 40th annual Bed Races, happening May 18th. Surrey’s annual Santa Parade comes to Cloverdale during the Holiday season to bring cheer and candy canes to all!