Going to the suburbs for an injection of culture isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Without any great fanfare, Surrey is quietly creating itself as a destination for arts junkies.
Leading the charge is the, boasting cutting edge works from national and international artists and a world-renowned hub for digital media.
Internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky was so impressed when creating an exhibition for the space, he donated all 37 of the chosen photographs to the gallery in 2009.
It may be the gateway to culture in Surrey, but the gallery isn’t the only interesting destination. Further south, the White Rock Gallery has an enviable roster of exhibited artists, including Salt Spring Island-based ceramic artist Bill Boyd, Vancouver’s Michael den Hertog and the ever-popular Michael Stockdale.
The White Rock Arts Council is integral to many of the cultural offerings in South Surrey, supporting a vibrant music program that includes the annual summer Jazz on the Peninsula series of concerts.
Along with a vibrant arts community, newcomers to the growing Morgan Heights neighbourhoods of Highland Park and Glenmore can also immerse themselves in the history of South Surrey.
Experience South Surrey living from a different age at the Historic Stewart Farm, where costumed guides offer an interactive tour of the 1894 homestead.
Or head to the Surrey Museum for background on the area’s First Nations history, then check out the Canadian Museum of Flight where B.C.’s aviation history is brought right up to date.
And for the ultra local perspective, be sure to check out the waterfront White Rock Museum.
With a rich past and an exciting future, South Surrey is ready to be taken seriously.