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Birdwatching on Mudd Bay
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Surrey

Geography

Surrey is located southeast of downtown Vancouver. By car or the Skytrain rapid transit link, it takes about 35 minutes to travel from downtown Vancouver to Surrey.

Surrey occupies an area of 317sq km/190sq mi, making it two-and-a-half times bigger than the city of Vancouver proper.

Surrey's Location

Other Metro Vancouver communities that border directly on Surrey include Delta to the west, White Rock to the south, and Langley to the east. To the north, Surrey is bounded by the Fraser River, which is British Columbia's longest river. Across the Fraser River are more neighbouring communities: New Westminster to the northwest, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam to the north, and Pitt Meadows to the northeast.

The Pattullo Bridge (Highway 99A) connects Surrey with New Westminster, and the Port Mann Bridge (Trans-Canada Highway) connects Surrey with Coquitlam.

To the south, Surrey borders on the United States. Seattle is the nearest major American city, a two-hour drive south.

Surrey is divided into six town centres: Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey, and Whalley (also known as the City Centre).

Landscape and Climate

Surrey justifies its nickname, "The City of Parks," with more than 2,300ha/5,680ac of designated parkland. In fact, there is more green space per capita here than in any other Metro Vancouver community, and it co-exists with ever-increasing urban development. A mix of forest reserves, agricultural land, and beaches marks this relatively flat, sprawling municipality.

Two notable rivers run through Surrey: the Nicomekl River and the Serpentine River. Surrey meets the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.

Located in a coastal temperate rainforest zone, Surrey has a mild climate much like Vancouver's. The average summer temperature is 22°C/72°F, and the average winter temperature is 5°C/41°F. Surrey gets more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, and the average annual rainfall is 147cm/41in.