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Penny Savers

Life in the Metro Vancouver area can be expensive at times; thankfully you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time in Surrey, BC. Here are the top five free things to do in Surrey.

1) Browse a Farmer's Market

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Take the day and browse the local farmers markets. See what local farmers, independent businesses and individual craftsmen have to offer at seasonal markets. Generally open from June until October, Surrey has three farmers markets: InSeason, Rondriso Farms, and Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market to please any and all preferences. Browse fresh produce, baked goods and local art and spend the day soaking up all that Surrey’s farmers and independent businesses have to offer.

2) Bird Watch at Mud Bay Park

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Get back to nature, and visit Mud Bay Park. Mud Bay Park spans over 16 hectares, and reaches from Mud Bay all the way to Tsawwassen, making it a great venue for a leisurely and flat bike ride. Mud Bay Park is a part of the Boundary Bay Important Bird Area and Western Hemisphere Shorebird reserve network, which means that it’s a great spot for bird watching. Mud Bay Park is a great place to see birds like raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and even Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles, along with other wildlife.

3) Stroll Through the Peace Arch Gardens

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Take a day to stop and smell the flowers at the Peace Arch Gardens. More than just a border crossing, the Peace Arch Gardens span across 9 Canadian hectares, and 7 American hectares for a total of 16. Enjoy beautifully planted and manicured floral displays and lawns complete with plant sculptures and a lily pond. Be sure to take a photo of the iconic Canadian flag made of flowers. With indoor and outdoor playground and picnic areas, the Peace Arch Gardens are a great place to spend time with the family in any weather.

4) Picnic at Crescent Beach

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Why not pack up your loved ones with some great food and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Crescent Beach offers not only sand and surf, but also green picnic areas for the family. Don’t have the time to pack up a lunch? Visit Beast and Brine, only minutes from the beach, for all your picnic essentials, basket and all. Beast and Brine will equip you with sandwiches made from their quality meats, and next-door neighbor’s bread at Fieldstone Artisan Breads.

5) Visit Port Kells Nurseries

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Get inspired to go green. Browse Port Kells Nurseries. This year-round nursery and garden center hosts all types of flowers, plants and herbs, as well as a seasonal pumpkin patch that offers free admission, hayride, corn maze and haunted house. Open all year is the Goat Palace and play center, where for only 25 cents you can purchase feed for the goats, or observe the milking process. If goats aren’t enough to satiate your love of animals, there is a chicken barn where feed is also available for a quarter. The chickens provide eggs that can be purchased in house. Additionally there is an outdoor play area for kids to enjoy.

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