Whalley is part of North Surrey, along with the Fleetwood and Guildford communities. It also forms an integral portion of Surrey's City Centre. Its history can be traced back to 1925, when Arthur Whalley and his wife Hilda settled there and opened a service station and grocery store.
Currently, the neighbourhood is going through a full-scale revitalization. High-rise condominiums and apartments are under construction, office buildings are moving into the area, and the community has a new $36-million library as well as a new city hall, with a performing arts centre in the next few years.
In addition to the new civic facilities, Whalley is also home to Simon Fraser University-Surrey, one of the Lower Mainland's largest universities. The community also hosts the area's largest hospital, Surrey Memorial. It's the centrepiece of Innovation Boulevard, a cluster of health care technology facilities built to attract health-related businesses and institutions.
Whalley real estate prices are around half the price for a comparable home closer to Downtown Vancouver, and prices are even lower than other areas in North Surrey.
Prices for homes in Whalley range from just under $100,000 for a condo to just over $500,000 for a large house. The average price for a detached home in Whalley is $391,021. View Whalley MLS® listings and upcoming open houses
Guildford Town Centre, the 200-store mall in the heart of the community offers numerous local stores as well as big box stores, including fashion boutiques, department stores such as The Bay and Walmart, toy stores and many others.
Central City Shopping Centre, another mall just to the west, offers numerous stores and is hosts the SkyTrain's Surrey Central Station as well as a full bus loop for easy transportation.
Schools and education in Whalley
Whalley Cafés and Restaurants
Whalley offers a great variety of dining options, both in chain restaurants and in local fare. Whether you crave the familiarity of Boston Pizza or Swiss Chalet or you want some local Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, pizza, sushi or even a brewery, Whalley has something to suit your tastes.
Whalley Sports and Recreation
While the neighbourhood is highly urbanized, Whalley has some beautiful destination green spaces. One includes the Green Timbers Urban Forest, which is one square mile of forest with numerous pathways and trails for walking, biking and running. The area also offers several community green spaces, including Bear Creek Park, which offers a kids' train that circles the park. The area also hosts Winterfest, the city of Surrey's annual celebration of winter, and the Fusion Festival, which is a two-day multicultural event with music and food.
Translink offers numerous bus services to the Whalley area. The quickest way for transit riders to commute to other parts of the Greater Vancouver area is to jump on the SkyTrain at the Gateway Station on the west side of the neighbourhood. The SkyTrain takes riders all over Downtown Vancouver and offers connections to buses to take riders to outlying suburbs such as North Vancouver and Burnaby.
Drivers can also take the Trans-Canada Highway, which is just east of the community and offers quick access to Downtown.
Whalley Property Statistics
*Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, average sale prices in North Surrey for Februrary 2011
Population* 48,686 (number is for Surrey-Whalley) *Source: BC Stats
|65 to 74||5%|
|45 to 64||20%|
|20 to 44||41%|
|5 to 19||21%|
|0 to 4||7%|
*Source: BC Stats
|Fully owned||55% ("Owners")|
*Source: BC Stats
|Apartment, under five stories||25%|
|Apartment, five or more stories||4%|
*Source: BC Stats
Neighbourhoods surrounding Whalley