Surrey, British Columbia officially became a city in 1993, but its distinct history stretches hundreds of years into the past. Indigenous groups such as the Semiahmoo, Katzie, and Kwantlen First Nations were the first people to reside in the area. European expansion and exploration saw the early settlement of the area beginning in the mid and late 1800s. Forestry and fishing were the primary industries at the time, thanks to the densely forested land and its abundant natural resources.
Surrey was named in the late 1800s after its British counterpart, the county of Surrey in England, due to similarities in their geography. It is bordered by the Fraser River in the north, and the Semiahmoo Bay to the south. Surrey also shares a border with the state of Washington. Surrey is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and located to Vancouver’s south.
What Is Surrey Known For?
One of the only stadiums in the country for kabaddi is right here in Surrey, and the city has plans to build an even larger facility dedicated to the sport in the near future.
Never heard of kabaddi before? The national sport of Bangladesh, kabaddi plays like a game of high-stakes contact tag. Two teams of seven stand on opposite ends of a field and send out individual runners, called raiders, to tackle members of the opposing team. This must all be done in a single breath—otherwise, you’re “out”.
The holder of the Guinness World Record for the longest beard on a living person belongs to Surrey resident Sarwan Singh. Singh’s beard measures a whopping two-and-a-half metres long—that’s over eight feet in length!
The Peace Arch
Surrey is the westernmost city situated on the Canadian-American border. To mark the boundary, the Peace Arch stands as a monumental expression of peace and solidarity between the two countries, commemorating the 1814 signing of the Treaty of Ghent. One half of the Arch stands in Surrey, while the other is in Blaine, Washington.
Cloverdale Rodeo and Fair
Hosted annually during the Victoria Day long weekend, the Cloverdale Rodeo and County Fair is a four-day long rodeo event with a long history.
The fair has been held since 1888, with family-friendly events from midway rides, canning competitions, petting zoos, and even a lumberjack show. Guests can also enjoy musical performances and a fireworks display.
The rodeo itself is the second-largest four-day rodeo in the world, and has a variety of agri-sports, including barrel racing, bareback riding, bronco and bull riding, and something called mutton busting, where small children can be signed up to ride a sheep for as long as they can hang on for. Understandably, children must be over three years old and under 45 pounds to enter, and parents are required to provide proof of personal injury insurance before their little ones can compete.
Where Can I Get Cannabis in Surrey?
If you’re looking to enjoy marijuana while you check out what Surrey has to offer, you may be out of luck; there are currently zero brick-and-mortar stores in the city.
However, cannabis connoisseurs need not worry; Highgarden Marijuana is here to open the doors to your own personal cannabis sanctuary. An online dispensary, Highgarden can ship our vast array of products straight to your doorstep.
But convenience isn’t the only thing we offer. At Highgarden, we examine all of our products to ensure you are getting the highest quality possible. We regularly monitor our bud for excess dryness, mold, discolouration, and other categorical metrics because we believe in providing you with Canada’s best cannabis.
Can I Smoke Weed in Public in Surrey?
Whether you’re smoking for medicinal reasons or just for recreational purposes, it’s important to know the ins and outs of the local laws governing cannabis consumption. We’ve included a handy list of all the places you are not permitted to smoke recreational cannabis, but it’s always a good idea to consult your local bylaws.
No smoking cannabis:
- Within six metres of doorways, windows, or bus stops and shelters
- On school property
- In public parks, playgrounds, and campsites
- At post-secondary institutions that have adopted smoke-free policies, such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- In a vehicle, parked or unparked, whether as the driver or the passenger
Exceptions to this include:
- Indoor use in designated areas, such as some hotel rooms
- Licensed medical marijuana usage
- Use in recreational vehicles, like RVs and trailers, if the vehicle is parked off of the road, and being used as a primary residence
- Designated campsites
The rules for smoking cannabis in public are much the same as the laws governing public tobacco use. Laws are subject to change from place-to-place as well as over the course of time, so it’s important to stay updated on local cannabis bylaws.