Surrey: City of Parks
The City of Surrey has its own municipal government but is still within the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Surrey once was called "the boonies" because it was so far from Vancouver's downtown area; since 1986 when the World Expo came to Vancouver, Surrey has become more accessible due to the SkyTrain and a popular place for newcomers to the Lower Mainland to settle. In fact, our population is set to surpass that of the City of Vancouver by 2004.
Like many cities, Surrey is divided (informally) into several communities: Guildford (North East Surrey), Whalley (North Surrey), Newton (South Central Surrey - where I live), South Surrey (just north of White Rock) and Cloverdale (East Surrey). Naturally, there are sub-divisions within these communities. One municipality, which is technically part of Surrey, refuses to be associated with Surrey, and that is the Municipality of White Rock. White Rock, unlike Surrey, is a city by the sea and the average resident is 50 years old. This is a beautiful beach-house area which is inhabited mostly by retirees who can afford to live there.