and all citizens. Community stages and active beautification projects in all of Surrey BC's neighbourhoods such as Cloverdale, Guildford, Fleetwood, Whalley, Newton and South Surrey welcome economic and real estate growth.
Surrey BC has been linked to all of Greater Vancouver via rapid transit in the past several decades and become a vital metropolitan center. Surrey BC was incorporated in 1879 making it one of British Columbia's oldest cities and is just 23 kilometres from Vancouver Centre. Bordering Surrey, are Delta BC on the west, Langley BC on the east, and the United States to the south. Across the Fraser River in the north are New Westminster, Port Moody, and Coquitlam BC.
Surrey neighbourhoods are growing and thriving because individuals promote participation and a supportive environment for BC families and businesses.
Cloverdale in Surrey BC is famous for its Cloverdale Rodeo. This traditionally rural part of Surrey borders the District Municipality of Langley and is adjacent to Langley City.
Fleetwood is a North Surrey neighbourhood directly south of Guildford.
Guildford neighbourhood is the northernmost part of Surrey BC bordering the Fraser River. Invergarry Park, Guildford Town Centre, and the Guildford Recreation Centre are featured places of activity in this Surrey neighbourhood.
Newton neighbourhood is centered north to south in Surrey BC and lies on the west side of the city from 160th Street to 120th Street. Bear Creek Park and the Newton Wave Pool are popular features of the Newton neighbourhood.
In South Surrey which borders Delta, White Rock and the United States, the South Surrey Indoor Pool and South Surrey Athletic Park are a favourite for those wanting to maintain an active lifestyle. This Surrey neighbourhood has several post secondary and elementary schools.
Surrey City Centre has been zoned for development as a downtown business core. This business area is located in North Surrey, primarily Whalley and has excellent traffic features with major routes in and out providing an efficient and dynamic business and financial area for BC's fastest growing metropolis. Surrey City Centre surrounds the King George Highway from 140th Street to 132nd Street, and 112th Avenue to 93rd Avenue, north to south.
Whalley is a popular neighbourhood in North Surrey. With both the North Surrey Arena and the North Surrey Recreation Centre and unique parks including the Bolivar Park Boardwalk, there are opportunities for family recreation, sports, and many community events. A portion of the Whalley area close to Guildford is officially zoned as Surrey City Centre, and designated to be developed as Surrey's metropolitan downtown area.
Home-buying in Surrey has kept a fervid pace, and new residential building permits in the City of Surrey BC average about 5,000 units (houses, condos, and apartments) per year. This accounts for a staggering 17% of all new homes in British Columbia. The value of these new Surrey BC homes is approximately $975 million dollars. Non-residential and commercial build starts are valued at approximately $300 million dollars in Surrey BC.
Land use in Surrey BC for residential housing is currently at about 40% of all land in Surrey British Columbia. A further 10% of all Surrey BC land remains undeveloped, while approximately another 8.5% is recreational use and protected natural land.
White Rock BC is a small city independent of Surrey BC, however many people mistakenly think the South Surrey neighbourhood and White Rock are part and parcel. The dividing line between White Rock BC and Surrey BC is 16th Avenue. White Rock is below 16th Avenue all the way down to the Pacific Ocean. Both Surrey BC and White Rock BC are part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Because White Rock BC is bordered entirely by Surrey in Canada, it is included here.