Characterized by small rural acreages and newer, small-lot subdivisions, Pacific Douglas is an environmentally-rich area of South Surrey with many creeks, ravines, and several groves of remarkably old trees.
If you’re looking to enjoy the peacefulness of a country life-style, while enjoying a close proximity to the US border and the many amenities of South Surrey and White Rock, then Pacific Douglas is a neighbourhood for you!
Pacific Douglas’ history comes from the construction of the Peace Arch, completed in 1921, and built to commemorate the centennial (1814-1914) of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. That very treaty ended the war of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain, and involved Canadians as it was waged on North American soil.
R.P Butchart, of Victoria's Butchart Gardens fame, donated 3,500 sacks of concrete to the project, while E.H Gary of New York provided the 50 tons of steel needed. In 1931, the expansion of the park that surrounds the Peace Arch to 40 acres was made possible with the help of school children from Washington State and British Columbia. They donated their pennies, nickels and dimes to the project.
In 1952, after African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson was refused permission by American border authorities to travel across the 49th parallel for a Canadian concert performance, he sang from the back of a flatbed truck on the American side of Peace Arch Park to an audience of 40,000.
Come for the best of both worlds — direct access to the US border, while living in a rural setting close to the amenities of South Surrey and White Rock. If you and your family cross the border often, or just want the option to do so, you’ll find plenty of privacy on large semi-rural lots set within tall cedars and ravines. That is the charm of, and part of what attracts residents to, the Pacific Douglas neighbourhood.
Future commercial areas provide sufficient expansion space to serve the growing area over time. And if sweeping acreages aren’t your cup of tea, then the Summerfield Development surely has something for you. Their affordable three-to five-bedroom character homes are built in craftsman style amidst Pacific Douglas’ rustic community.
Whether you drive your car or plan to take transit to school and shopping, Pacific Douglas is an easy place to get to and from.
Public transportation via Translink’s South Surrey & White Rock Buses makes it easy to travel to schools and shopping centres, while commuter buses provide easy access for those working in Richmond or Vancouver.
Students who are residents of the cities of Surrey or White Rock, and who meet the criteria, will be considered eligible for regular School Bus Transportation to and from the school which has been designated by the Superintendent of Schools to serve their residence.
If driving is your transportation of choice, you’ll find Pacific Douglas is accessible by Highways 99 and 91 from the Greater Vancouver area, and via Highway 10 and down through Highway 15 from the Fraser Valley . You can then easily access Pacific Douglas using the 8B and 16th Avenue exits off Highway 99, and via 16th Avenue, turning right off of Highway 15.
A kitschy watering hole favoured by locals, this pub and restaurant has been renovated to maintain the prohibition era theme of the original Tudor Inn.
Food: PUB FOOD
Price Range: $$
Must try: TWOONIE BURGER EVERY WEDNESDAY
There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a bite to eat with a cold beverage after a game of 18 holes. The Par 3 Clubhouse & Coffee Shop has plenty to offer in their laid back coffee shop atmosphere, and their “famous” hot dogs are not to be missed!
Food: SANDWICHES & BURGERS
Price Range: $
Must try: "FAMOUS" HOT DOGS
A benefit of Pacific Douglas’ rural neighbourhood makeup is that there is plenty to do outdoors.
If your green thumb isn’t all too ‘green’ in your own garden, but yet you still enjoy exploring nature’s vast flora and fauna, Darts Hill Garden Park is the place to check out. Featuring a plethora of rare and unusual plants, this botanical garden was gifted to the City of Surrey in 1994 by horticulturalists Francisca and Edwin Darts.
Take the kids for a game of soccer to Dufferin Park, a Douglas neighbourhood development park complete with playground and sports court. While you do that, dad can play 18 holes, practice on the putting green, chipping green and grass practice area at the Peace Portal Golf Course. After the game, meet up with him and continue the fun at the Meridian Golf Par 3 course. While it might be quaint and family friendly, Meridian’s tall trees and hilly terrain will provide plenty of challenge and fun for all ages.
If you have friends coming in from out of town that are RV’ing enthusiasts, the Pacific Border RV Park has plenty to offer them. As a full service RV park, it includes amenities such as an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
Last, but certainly not least, take the horse-riders in your family or group of friends out for a ride at the Semiahmoos Stables. Novices need not worry — the stables offer first-class riding instruction in both their indoor and outdoor arenas.
You may consider it only as a point to get out of the car on long border wait times, but the Peace Arch Provincial Park has more than that in its repertoire of activities. The park’s gardens are home to over 200 perennials and 55,000 annuals planted each year. In addition, the Annual International Sculpture Competition takes place there, and features over 129 international artists among the 187 sculptures.
Should that not be enough to sway you, the park’s ocean-side location has hosted a variety of other international events such as the Peace Arch International Concert Series and the Hands Across the Border Celebration. The latter ran annually for 90 years until coming to an end in 2013.
Finally, find the colour of summer’s flowers and lush trees for your garden or patio at the West Coast Gardens. A favourite for Pacific Douglas residents, West Coast Gardens provides gardening classes set among its expansive selection of trees, perennials, annuals and hanging baskets.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, downsizing, or looking to enjoy the peacefulness of a county life-style while enjoying the close proximity to the US border, Glenn can help you find the home you are looking for. Browse some of the listings available by clicking below.
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