The riding is accessible from Highways 99, 10, 15 and US Interstate 5. The Surrey constituency office is located about 3,524 km away from Parliament Hill as the crow flies. It would take 43 hours to drive.
Located on the shores of Boundary and Mud Bays, and lying along the Canada-U.S. border, this riding is home to branches of the Serpentine, Campbell and Nicomekl Rivers. There are a number of green spaces in this riding, including the Serpentine Fen, Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, and Peace Arch Provincial Park. The riding also has extensive and popular beaches, including White Rock Beach, which spans 8 km, and Crescent Beach, which has a 3 km walking trail.
About 30% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, the United Kingdom, and India.
Mandarin, Punjabi, and German are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $55,463.
Part of the city of Surrey, this riding offers a wealth of recreational activities ranging from swimming, to hockey, to tennis and baseball. There are more than 200 municipal parks in the city that residents can enjoy year-round. The riding is also home to the Historic Stewart Farm, which allows visitors a glimpse into the farming history of the region.
The riding annually hosts the Steve Nash Fitness Tour de White Rock, one of the longest standing races in North America. The 1 km circuit loops around five corners, passing City Hall and White Rock Elementary School.
The rock of White Rock weighs an estimated 480 metric tonnes.
The industries that employ the most people in this riding include the retail trade, health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, and educational services. About 54% of the workforce has a postsecondary education; in 2011 the unemployment rate was 5.9%.
The Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest is a 130-hectare park that was allowed to regrow after being logged in the early 1900s. The Forest is home to many forms of wildlife, including coyotes and black-tailed deer and native plant species including the rattlesnake-plantain orchid.
The area that comprises the City of Surrey has been inhabited for several thousand years. Both the Semiahmoo and Kwantlen First Nations People had settlements along the Fraser River for generations before European settlers arrived in the region. The community as we know it today was incorporated in 1879, and Surrey experienced population booms in the 1950s, the 1980s, and 1990s. This set the stage for it to become, potentially, the province’s most populous city by 2030.
Indigenous communities in this riding include: