Discover Surrey Like a Local for #Canada150!
If you’re as excited about Canada’s 150th birthday as we are, you’ll know that the city and the businesses within it are throwing a TON of events and celebrations to commemorate. So much so, that we’ve put together 150 things YOU can do right in here Surrey to celebrate in your own way.
We’re dishing on all ways to discover Surrey like a local, and celebrate like a Canadian. Some items are events, some items are ways to get into the #Canada150 spirit, but all of them will be sure to help ring in the True North, Strong and Free’s big day. Check back each week as we work up to 150 ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday!
Monday: Get on the Owl Prowl
Learn all about Surrey’s local owl population on May 16th with a presentation from the O.W.L Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. Get up close with living owls, then take a guided tour to learn about their habitat.
Tuesday: Shop for local product at Mary’s Garden
Pick up in-season produce at Mary’s Garden. This small, family owned business has been serving Surrey since 1966, and is the perfect place to do your weekly produce shopping. They open up for the season on June 5th!
Wednesday: The 40th annual Bed Races are on!
A rodeo favourite is back for the 40th time on May 18th! The Bed Races are the official kick off to the May Long Weekend staple: The Cloverdale Rodeo. Teams quite literally race their beds down the race route for the top prize.
Thursday: Discover Surrey’s heritage at the Royal Victorian Party
Party like it’s 1899 at the Historic Stewart Farmhouse. Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday with cake, costumes, and crafts.
Friday: Don’t miss out on Midway rides and fireworks at the Cloverdale Rodeo
Some good old’ fashioned fun is on at the Cloverdale Rodeo! Ride the Ferris Wheel, and the Tilt-a-Whirl, and be sure to stick around for the Friday night fireworks!
Saturday: Lots of #KidApprovedBC Fun is on at the Surrey International Children’s Festival
From May 25th to 27th, the Surrey International Children’s Festival takes over the Surrey Arts Centre for three days of stories, performances, and crafts just for kids.
Sunday: Go fishing!
Did you know that the lake at Green Timbers Urban Forest is stocked year-round with rainbow trout? Pick up your fishing license and learn to fish with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC – a hands-on program that also teaches about habitat conservation.
Monday: Catch the action at the BMX Cup!
The Action BMX Cup comes to Surrey for the very first time! This national competition kicks off on May 27th and 28th right here in Surrey, as some of the best in the game compete for top prize. The Cup rolls onto host events in Alberta and Ontario, too!
Tuesday: Attend the Alexandra Fest
This weekend marks the 43rd annual Alexandra Fest held at the Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Filled with #KidApprovedBC activities like crafts, bouncy castles, and demonstrations by Science World, this community event is one you won’t want to miss!
Wednesday: Try something new at Cloverdale Coffee Company
Cloverdale’s local coffee spot Cloverdale Coffee Co. has teamed up with Sugar Patisserie just a stone’s throw away to offer Beer Jellies! Made with Persephone Beers, these adults-only sweets are something truly unique!
Thursday: Visit the Surrey Nature Centre
Located in the Green Timbers Urban Forest is the Surrey Nature Centre: a great place for pro-d days, warm summer days, or a new adventure! The interactive indoor space is filled with a TON of useful information, and you can even borrow a backpack full of activities to kick-start your adventures outside.
Friday: Shop at Guildford Town Centre
A little retail therapy to kick-start your weekend is ALWAYS a good idea! Be sure to check out Guildford Town Centre‘s flagship shop Hudson’s Bay, and discover their collection of Canada 150 gear!