Autumn—with its bright colors, cool evenings, and rainy days, this season has inspired countless works of art.
This fall, the Surrey Art Gallery, which borders beautiful Bear Creek Park, celebrates the relationship between art and nature with a new exhibition, Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. The exhibition, which showcases art inspired by the natural world, kicked off in late September, but runs all the way through to December 16. That means there’s still plenty of time left to experience it, and best of all, it’s just a short drive from our hotel.
The exhibit includes 74 original and engaging works, from paintings to photographs to prints. Some date back as far as the 16th century, and each examines the complex relationship between humankind and the natural world.
Outside of regular tours of the exhibit, which run every day except Monday, the gallery is also hosting a handful of interesting events with the same theme.
Coming up first, on October 23, is a guided tour of the exhibit led by the Art Gallery’s curator of exhibitions, Jordan Strom. Over the course of the evening, from 7:00-8:30 pm, Strom will provide a summary of the techniques and processes of the artists whose work is featured. Admission is a discretionary donation.
Three days later, on October 26, the Gallery hosts Family Day, which runs from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm, and provides a venue for families with children to explore the exhibit. There will be arts and crafts, discussions, and a special performance by the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra at 2:00. For this event, admission is a suggested donation of $4.00 per child. Your little ones are sure to love it!
Finally, on October 29, the Gallery will host a 19+ event, called InFlux. The evening’s main attractions will be performances of environmentally-inspired spoken word, music, and other forms of performance art, as well as opportunities for discussion with featured artists and conservationists. The event runs from 8:00-11:00pm. The cost of admission? A $5.00 donation. And of course, adult refreshments will be for sale. Cheers!
Yes, October in Surrey provides nature lovers and art enthusiasts a chance to celebrate both, all with the city’s beautiful fall colours as a backdrop. If this sounds like your cup of tea—or hot chocolate (you can find piping cups of both at the Tim Horton’s on our hotel’s premises), then why not book a room at Comfort Inn and Suites Surrey.
Summer fun in Surrey continues as a number of exciting events are set to hit BC's second biggest city this August! Here's a little survey of what's happening in the coming month:
August 9 @ 12:00 noon
Get ready for some family fun at the Amazing Farm Scavenger Hunt! Learn all about Surrey's natural and urban surroundings as you and your family scavenge to identify local flora & fauna, buildings and farming activities. You'll be competing for prizes (and, perhaps more importantly, bragging rights), so come prepared!
August 15-17 from 8:00am - 9:00pm
This community festival invites all comers who are interested in good health, wellbeing and living sustainably. In addition to yoga and meditation classes, outdoorsy classes such as gardening & permaculture and other self-sustainability classes will be offered. Bring your yoga mats and spades!
August 16 @ 11:00am
Heritage crafts such as spinning, knitting and weaving seem to be a dying art. Come out with your family to the Surrey Museum to rediscover the magic of working with fibre crafts! You and your family will be able to learn about the history behind the crafts and try your hands at the Museum's loom and spinning machines. Your little ones will be able to take home their creations! Admission by donation.
Heading to Surrey for any of these fine events? We'd love to have you stay with us at the Comfort Inn Surrey. Completed in 2008, the Comfort Inn Surrey offers the very latest in quality accommodations at very affordable rates. Our excellent amenities include our own Tim Horton's, our own wedding services and even our own Olympic-sized swimming pool! Book your room today!
Looking for places to go during your stay in Surrey? If so, look no further! Due to popular demand, the Sounds of Music Series returns to Surrey for everyone to enjoy. Starting on July 14, the Sounds Of Music Series takes place every Monday and Wednesday evening until July 30th.
Take the opportunity to join the Surrey community and their talented musicians by attending the FREE performances located at the city’s beautiful parks and garden. The performances are from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at various parks across the City of Surrey. Check out of the full schedule below:
Classical Strings at the Glades Garden
Monday, July 14
Enjoy the sound of the string instruments while being accompanied by the Glades Garden’s picturesque 5-acre garden containing more than 1,600 mature rhododendrons up to 6 meters tall.
Celtic Music at Darts Hill Garden Park
Wednesday, July 16th
Darts Hill Garden Park is a 70-year-old live showcase of a beautiful, well-maintained garden that will complement the blissful sounds of Celtic music.
Contemporary Pop at Hawthorne Park
Monday, July 21st
Before the show starts, walk on the Nature Trail to discover a unique variety of biodiversity situated at Hawthorne Park
Sitar and Tabla at Fleetwood Park
Wednesday, July 23rd
Sit back and relax while you listen to the authentic Sitar and Tabla in the background at Fleetwood Park. Don’t forget to check out the well-manicured Fleetwood Garden right on the park for a scenic garden mosaic.
Bluegrass Music at Bear Creek Park
Monday, July 28th
Accompanying the Bluegrass music is Bear Creek Park’s unique landscape. Make sure to explore the Garden Pathway, Bear Creek Gazebo, Duck Pond, and the Bear Creek Gardens before the performance begins for a refreshing nature experience.
Jazz Orchestra at Holland Park
Wednesday, July 30th
Holland Park is one of Surrey’s urban parks situated right at the emerging City Centre. This green oasis is perfect for a night of Jazz music with friends and family.
Make sure to check your calendar and pick which day fits your schedule the best! Also, feel free to bring the family and friends along with some folding chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for added experience while listening to the performers!
Are you looking for quality customer service and reasonable rates at a very convenient location? If so, the Comfort Inn & Suites Surrey is the perfect choice for you. We have friendly staff who are willing to provide you the service you need to make your stay here in Surrey a memorable experience. Book with us today – we look forward to having you!
Professional Lacrosse is back in the Vancouver. Known as one of the fastest sport on two feet, the NLL Vancouver Stealth will be hosting the Minnesota Swarm at their home opener on January 11, 2014 at the Langley Events Centre.
The sport of lacrosse was originally played by Native North Americans and is now the fasting growing sport in North America. Lacrosse is relatively new at the professional level with only in its 28th NLL season but is gaining momentum. There are currently 5 teams within the East Division and 4 teams in the West Division.
At the game, you will be entertained by some of the top lacrosse players in the league - the Gajic brothers, Alex and Ilija, Kyle Sorensen, Curtis Hodgson, Rhys Duch, Matt Roik and Tyler Richards. Join Stealth fans at the Langley Events Centre field house for a pre-game festivities including food, games, live music provided by Townhall Public House, Hot Stove featuring Jake Elliot and an opportunity to meet a Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame member.
If you’ve never been to game, we highly recommend checking out a game. Get a taste of what's instore by clicking on the video below.
The Vancouver Stealth Lacrosse game will be fun for the whole family and may even give hockey a run for its money. Tickets are available starting at $27 and as high as $55 for single game tickets or $75.50 for Game Packs. To view upcoming games or purchase tickets online, visit the Vancouver Stealth website. Tickets are also available at the Langley Events Centre box office.
The Comfort Inn & Suites is less than 20 minutes away from the Langley Events Centre and offers reasonable accommodation rates on game days, complimentary hot breakfast and even access to an Olympic sized swimming pool located across the street from hotel. Contact us today to book your Vancouver Stealth accommodations.
Surrey is one of the fastest growing major cities in Canada. In fact, by the next decade, our population is expected to exceed that of Vancouver (shhh, don’t tell them!).
As our city has grown, so too has our arts scene. Now, more than ever, Surrey is a city brimming with artists, galleries, live theatre companies and cultural events. If you’re visiting Surrey, be sure to check out what’s happening at our local art and performance venues, all of which are located within 10 minutes of the Comfort Inn & Suites Surrey.
Constructed in 2001, the Bell Performing Arts Centre is the largest theatre south of the Fraser River and host to a wide variety of concerts, musicals, plays and performances. Upcoming events include the “Class of ‘59” Rock and Roll show on October 24 & 27, Colin James on November 10, and the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour on November 21.
This quaint community theatre belies its small size with larger than life productions of award-winning plays. Their current production is the college-themed comedy “The Foursome” which has performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until October 26th.
With an extensive art gallery and a rarely-empty performance theatre, the Surrey Arts Centre is the premier arts facility in the city. At the gallery, you can see a variety of exhibitions focusing on cutting-edge work from local and international artists. At the Main Stage Studio theatre, you can enjoy an evening of entertainment at shows that include the Classical Coffee Concert on Nov. 7, Jim Byrnes on Nov. 22 and the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir Sound of Christmas on Dec. 10.
The need is great. Nerve cells of ALS people of any age die, making patients lose control of their muscles. They ultimately cannot breathe, eat or even smile. After two years of the disease, few ALS patients retain the ability to use their legs. Eventually, respiratory failure occurs. According to the ALS Society of Canada, 3,000 Canadians currently suffer from ALS; two to three Canadians a day die of ALS. 80 percent die within 5 years after being diagnosed.
Surrey is one of 85 communities across our country organizing walks to support ALS sufferers. Last year, more than 18,000 Canadians in ALS walks and 165,000 donors generated more than $3 million. Surrey volunteers have raised an amazing $200,000 since 2008. One of B.C.’s top fundraisers in 2013 is from Surrey. Congratulations to Team Sherry, who have already received $6,867 in pledges for this year’s Surrey Walk!
Registration for Surrey’s 6th Annual ALS Walk begins onsite at 10:00 AM in the Special Events Area, Bear Creek Park, located on 13750 - 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC. The 5-kilometre walk begins at 11:00 am. Be on the lookout for live singers and belly dancers, and be sure to take part in the 50/50 draw and silent auction. There will also be fun family activities to enjoy, such as face-painting, kite flying and tarot card readings. For more information, please contact Amy Graham at email@example.com.
Only minutes away from Bear Creek Park, visitors staying at the Comfort Inn and Suites Surrey Hotel for the ALS Walk will love our first-class facilities, amenities, and service. Before, after, and during this important event, enjoy your stay at our outstanding home away from home.
Whether it’s the ’94 Canucks cup run or Alex Burrows’ rise from undrafted obscurity, underdog stories are cherished by Metro Vancouver hockey fans. As this NHL season ramps up, another local dark horse is creating a buzz: Surrey-born NHLer Brenden Dillon who is emerging as a top defensemen for the Dallas Stars.
Now, of course, our region is no slouch when it comes to producing world-class hockey talent. Cup-winners Colin Fraser and Troy Brouwer both hail from the Surrey area. But the story of Surrey’s Brendan Dillon offers a compelling saga of triumph over the odds that makes you want to cheer even harder for him (even if he plays for our Western Conference rivals!).
Growing up playing Surrey Minor hockey, Dillon was not selected in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, usually seen a crucial step in grooming young players for the big leagues. After honing his skills with the Junior B Hope Icebreakers and eventually earning a spot on the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, Dillon would be passed up yet again at the most important draft of all: the NHL Entry Draft.
It would take another 3 years of slugging it out in the WHL before Dillon would get his big break: a three-year deal with the Dallas Stars. Even then, he would have to spend three seasons with the team’s farm club, the Texas Stars, before he would become a regular on the NHL stage. This season, Dillon is a mainstay on the Dallas roster with 6 points and 53 hits in 20 games, demonstrating a mixture of might and skill that’s earning him consideration as the league’s top rookie.
From everyone at the Comfort Inn Surrey, we would like to extend our congratulations to Brenden Dillon for his hard work and success. Stop by Baselines Pub at the Comfort Inn Surrey on April 18th to watch Brenden’s Stars face off against the Vancouver Canucks in a late-season matchup that’s bound to be action-packed.
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November 15, 2012 3:56:11 PM
It's that time of year again! With the holiday season nearly upon us, we have once again partnered with some amazing local organizations for our our Secound Annual "Stuff The Bus" event.
The goal is to fill a bus parked at the hotel full of new and used unwrapped toys, clothing and household items. Once full, the bus will be driven to The Surrey Christmas Bureau
and then distributed among under privileged children and families. Last year we were able to fill the bus in less than 24 hours, lets see if we can beat that record this year!
The Surrey Christmas Bureau helps people of all faiths and nationalities living in Surrey who are at a time of need. This is a very worthy cause and we would love your support.
We will be hosting a BBQ from 1-4PM at the hotel on December 7th and 8th, where there will also be hot chocolate, popcorn for the kids, and great prize giveaways. An amazing prize package will also be given away to the largest donor, which will include a weekend stay in our Honeymoon Suite
, a Keurig coffee maker, and a selection of great coffees from Van Houtte.
Please be sure to visit us during the event, we would love to have you here! If you can not make it during these days, please feel free to drop your donations off at anytime over the next several weeks. Help us spread the word and put some joy into a family in need.