Singin’ In the Rain

Don’t let the rainy weather get you down! There’s still loads of stuff to do and things to see during a rainy day in South Surrey. So, grab your wellies and a good rain jacket or an umbrella and get ready for some puddle jumping! And, when it’s time to keep warm, dry, and oh so entertained, we’ve got some suggestions.

Everyone heads to the beach on a sunny day, but we love Crescent Beach on a rainy day. It’s quieter and a little wild, and you know what they say about dancing in the rain? Well, building sandcastles in the rain is just as much fun, just be prepared to get wet.

Once everyone has had their fill of sand, take a stroll through the nature trails at Blackie Spit Park. The park is a rest stop for over 300 species of migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Bring your binoculars and a sense of adventure and see how many different species you can spot. You may also see a few aquatic mammals such as harbour seals and their pups.

Warm-up at Fieldstone Artisan Breads (12823 Crescent Road), where only the finest and freshest ingredients are used for their delicious baked goods. Designed as a destination, there is often French music being played, and the service is warm and welcoming. They use traditional bread making methods and local ingredients, and their French stone-hearth oven ensures a superior quality that brings customers from across Metro Vancouver. Pick up a famous raspberry and chocolate scones or a galette made from seasonal fruit, and be sure to grab a loaf of dense, chewy 9-grain millers country loaf.

Everbean Café + Community (106-15331 16 Avenue) strives to spread love and goodness which equates to a shop full of good vibes and good times, not to mention the delicious drinks and treats. A large variety of sweets and savouries await you, along with amazing speciality coffees. With locally sourced ingredients and product made from scratch, you’ll really feel the love at Everbean Cafe.

Bowling at Sandcastle Lanes is a great indoor activity for kids and the whole family. With 5 and 10 pin bowling available it’s just a matter of choosing which best suits your group. Littles will love 5-pin as the balls are smaller, there’s a stand to help aim and bumpers can be put in place so that everyone can have fun without the frustration of the dreaded gutter ball. Plus, the bowling alley has a full kitchen and an impressive craft beer menu.

For the animal lovers, discover exotic reptiles and animals at the Urban Safari Rescue Society (1395 176th Street). This rescue organisation is dedicated to teaching kids all about conservation and how important ecosystems (like Surrey’s) are. Take a tour of the facility and meet some exotic friends including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, ferret, pheasants, rabbits and even Guinea Pigs.

Wrap up your rainy adventures with a meal sure to warm you up at My Shanti (15869 Croydon Drive). A homage to the diversity and richness of Indian cuisine, My Shanti has won multiple awards over the years and is truly a must-visit. The menu is a reflection of the personal and culinary journeys that chef Vikram Vij has taken with friends throughout India, and it is full of amazing, fresh vegetarian plates, stunning seafood, and succulent meat dishes that will make your mouth water.