Time & Weather
Current time at our facility:
weather conditions at our facility:
For a quick
conversion of Celsius into Fahrenheit, double the Celsius
temperature and add 30. So if it's 14 degrees Celsius,
you'd double 14 and get 28, then add 30 to get a Fahrenheit
temperature of about 58. This formula will usually get you
within a 2 or 3 degrees. If you wish to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit
take the Celsius
temperature, multiply it by 9, divide it by 5 and add
Preparing a trip to
see us? Here's what you might expect in the season you arrive:
By Canadian standards,
Vancouver-Surrey is considered to have a very pleasant climate year round.
Temperatures are moderated by the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountain Range,
which keep temperatures a bit cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
And while we are known for having a lot of rainfall, we actually get an
average of 41 inches, less than places you probably don't consider overly
wet, such as Boston.
are usually dry and sunny.
July and August usually see temperatures in the mid 20s (mid 70s),
though temperatures can push higher for a stretch of a week or two,
particularly in late summer.
It rarely gets humid. You may need a light jacket or a sweater for any
typically has mild, pleasant temperatures, and summer-like temperatures can
stretch into October. October and early November temperatures,
though, usually run in the 10-15 Celsius degree range (50-60 F).
Fall often means the beginning of rainy season, so bring an umbrella
or other water-proof gear.
temperatures in Vancouver-Surrey surprise many Americans, as the
temperatures are generally quite mild. The average temperature from
late November through February run in the 5-10 degree Celsius range
(40s F). It rarely drops to freezing, so other than in the mountains bordering the
city, we don't get
much snow. Instead the area tends to develop overcast skies and our
area can get more than it's share of drizzle--a lot like Seattle. Still, Surrey is the
sunniest portion of the Vancouver metropolitan area, and when the weather's
clear, the views of the snow-capped mountains are spectacular.
tends to come early
and are usually quite pleasant. Roses can bloom as early as January,
and by February the crocuses and daffodils will begin popping up.
It can still be wet for stretches of a week or longer.
Things To Do
In The Vancouver-Surrey Metropolitan Area
you're in town visiting the Shockwave Therapy - BC facility, you may as well take advantage of
some of the things the region has to offer in terms of tourist
attractions. Here is a small sampling of what's available:
found quite near the office of Shockwave - BC at the
Guildford Town Centre Mall.
(It's just a short walk away from our office.)
Similar malls can be found in the surrounding suburbs of
Langley (Willowbrook mall) and Coquitlam (Coquiltam
Vancouver has very good shopping, most notably the
boutiques on lively Robson Street (right), the stores at
Pacific Centre Mall, and the shops in trendy Yaletown.
If you arrive by Skytrain, get off at the Granville
Street Station, which will put you at the Pacific Centre
Mall, a good place to start. Pacific Centre Mall
borders Robson Street, making access to shopping there
can be found throughout the area. Surrey is known
as a city of parks--we have 473--and both Tynehead Park and Green
Timbers Park offer pleasant walks within a five-minute
drive from our office.
Vancouver is well-known for Stanley Park, Queen
Elizabeth Park, and the Pacific Spirit Park.
if you really want to get into nature, the many parks of
the North Shore (right) are not to be missed. In
some locations you
can hike for miles through these parks and experience the Pacific
without encountering a soul.
Typical British Columbia Coastal Rain Forest
walks can be
found closest to our office in the community of White Rock in South
Surrey. White Rock's beach is characterized by many shops and
restaurants on one side of the street, with the beautiful beach and
views to the U.S. on the opposite side.
has beaches. English Bay's beach begins in the
West End of the downtown, then turns into the Stanley
Park Seawall (right), which circumnavigates Stanley
Stanley Park Sea Wall
Another nice beach is Jericho (pictured right), with
its views of Vancouver and the North Shore.
Long Beach on
west side of Vancouver Island offers long expanses of
empty sand and pounding surf. Locations on the
east side of Vancouver Island like Qualicum Beach offer
much quieter and protected shoreline.
Vancouver City Tour
Line offers entertaining tours of the top Vancouver
This is a
great way to get an overview of the city and see the
major sights without being on your feet.
Greater Vancouver Zoo
is a 20 minute drive east down the Trans-Canada Highway.
(Take the Aldergrove Exit at 264th heading south and
you'll find it on your left.)
Vancouver Aquarium, in
Stanley Park, is worth a trip to downtown Vancouver.
is very good in the Vancouver-Surrey metropolitan area,
and with over 50 nearby courses, it's plentiful.
And with our temperate climate, you can hit the links
nearly all year long.
link to area courses.
Furry Creek Golf
Columbia is about as good as it gets anywhere. The
three hills serviced by the city bus system (Cypress
Bowl, Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour) all offer good
skiing. But Whistler-Blackomb is spectacular.
With the greatest vertical drop in North America and the
mild temperatures, Whistler-Blackomb is consistently
rated as being the best skiing in North America by
skiing magazines, and Whistler Village is consistently
rated as one of the best resorts in North America.
(Skiing in this part of the world is particularly
spectacular in the Spring where it's frequently warm
enough to ski without a coat.)
Museums The Vancouver area has its share
of good museums worth exploring. Some good choices
older portion of Vancouver, just east of the current
downtown. Noted for its cobblestone streets, Victorian
architecture, the steam clock
(pictured to the right), good restaurants, and
many shops, Gastown makes for a nice stroll.
to its last stop, Waterfront Station. Then walk
east a couple blocks.
(which is really a
peninsula, not an island),
is a favorite stop for
locals as much as it is for
Art studios and workshops,
street performers, and the
wonderful public market (far
right) is filled with the
freshest produce, fish, meats,
cheese, and bakery are the
major draws. There are
also restaurants, house boats, a
theatre, a book store, small
shops--you can even rent a
Parking can be difficult, so why
not arrive by
(shown to the right)?
Shore consists of the Vancouver suburban communities of
West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Hemmed in by
the North Shore mountains and the sea, the scenery is
spectacular and there's lots to do.
Canada's wealthiest community is built into the
slopes of the North Shore Mountains. West Van
has good shopping in the shops along Marine Drive
and at the Park Royal Mall.
stores along Lonsdale Street and the Lonsdale Quay
Marketplace on the waterfront. The Quay offers
lovely views across Burrard Inlet to Vancouver, and
it's easy to get there from Surrey by Skytrain to
Waterfront Station, then hop on the
across Burrard Inlet.
is the historic main gateway bridge from downtown
Vancouver and Stanley Park to the North Shore.
Take the tram up
to the top of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view
of the Vancouver metropolitan area.
(above) spans a river gorge, and is one of the
biggest tourist attractions in British Columbia.
Just minutes from downtown.
offer very scenic
hikes, some very challenging, and mountain biking
through the rainforest of British Columbia's coast.
Vancouver Metropolitan area has a huge immigrant
population. (One in three residents is an
immigrant, and nearly one in two in Vancouver,
itself.) And with
one in three of Vancouver's residents being of
Chinese descent, it's probably not too surprising to
learn that Vancouver's
Located nearly very near Gastown,
(discussed above), it's worth a trip to find a
concentrated collection of interesting shops and
good food. Visit on the weekend, when it is
particularly energetic. You'll find the Dr.
Sun-Yat Sen Garden worthy of a stroll--and keep your
eye out for the world's narrowest building at Pender
and Carrall Streets.
while Vancouver's Chinatown is the best-known
Chinese community in the metropolitan area,
Vancouver's southern suburb of
has now become host to the largest Chinese community
in the metropolitan area. 40% of the
population there claims a Chinese descent.
home to some of the best dim sum (a Chinese brunch
typically served by carts rolling by your table) on
49 Asian malls in Richmond, and in some, you may not
find English widely spoken.
interesting evening experience, the Night Market at
Landsdowne Centre is held on Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday evenings during the summer begins at 7 pm.
Stroll through the sight, sounds, and smells of
population of 80,000+, the
second-largest visible ethnic group in the Vancouver
Metropolitan Area is the
largest Indian community in the metropolitan area is at
the Surrey-Delta border area of Scott Road (120th
Street) from 96th Avenue south. In
Vancouver, the Indian community is focused at 49th and
Main Street, a region known as the Punjabi Market.
At either location you can
experience the sounds, smells, sights, and tastes of
India as you visit stores selling jewelry, saris,
and unrecognizable food and spices.
|Sea to Sky
great way to spend a sunny day is the drive up the "Sea
to Sky Highway. It starts in West Vancouver on the
North Shore, then winds up the fjord known as Howe Sound
to Squamish, then on to Whistler. Along the way
are breathtaking views of the Sound and the mountains
and Shannon Falls.
You'll likely see rockclimbers
on the face of the Stawamus Chief (an enormous face of
granite great for rock climbing or hiking) and
windsurfers on the waters of Howe Sound. Squamish
has some interesting shops, and you'll find lots of
stores and good restaurants in Whistler.
on Vancouver Island, lies
a scenic 1.5 hour ferry ride away from the Tsawwassen
Ferry Terminal south of Vancouver. Downtown
Victoria is tourist- and walking-friendly, with scores
of restaurants and shops.
(right); have high tea at the Empress Hotel;
take in the
Royal British Columbia Museum.
Or maybe you'd prefer the Royal London Wax Museum, the
Butterfly Gardens, Miniature World, Anne Hathaway's
Cottage, the Undersea Gardens, or any of Victoria's
on Vancouver Island
Entertainment In The City
Vancouver has a lot to offer in the way of
entertainment. The NHL's Canucks play at GM Place.
The CFL's BC Lions play at B.C. Place Stadium across the
BC Place Stadium
concerts, comedians, plays, musicals, opera, ballet--you
name it. Pick up the free newspaper, the
Georgia Straight, for information.
How To Get Around
Our facility is in the
Guildford portion of north Surrey. This area is pretty well
self-contained, and you can
walk to many facilities. But if you wish to travel outside the
Guildford area, the easiest way is by car.
A couple of area Taxi services are:
Tel: (604) 585-8888
Tel: (604) 596-6666
If you wish to rent a car,
the closest agency to our facility is:
Located at the
Sheraton Hotel a couple
blocks from us.
Tel: (604) 582-9288
the car rental agency of your choice, most of which have
locations in our area.
The Vancouver-Surrey metropolitan area's transit
system, Translink, can also be helpful.
Buses can get
you around Surrey pretty well. If you wish to
travel downtown, Burnaby, or New Westminster, taking
a good bet.
Skytrain is Vancouver's rapid transit system. The first
fully-automated and driverless system in North America, Skytrain
is a handy way to get from Surrey to downtown Vancouver for a
reasonable price without a car.
Skytrain crossing into Surrey
New routes into
Richmond and the airport, as well as Coquitlam are being
for completion before the Winter Olympics coming to
Vancouver in 2010.
At the last Skytrain
stop (Waterfront Station), you can connect with the
(right) to take you over to the North Shore community of North
Sea Bus crossing Burrard Inlet
Restaurants Near Our Facility
Those visiting our
facility in north Surrey will find that there is a wide variety of restaurants
available. We couldn't list them all, but here is an assortment very near our
Old Surrey Restaurant
13483 - 72nd Avenue;
Quite possibly the nicest restaurant in all of Surrey, this fine
dining establishment is well worth the 15-minute drive.
(Take 152nd Street south to 72nd Avenue, then turn right.
Drive past 135th Street and it's on your right.) To check their menu
at any given time, here's their
Lee Yuen Chinese
14755 - 104th Avenue, a half-dozen blocks from our facility;
Open for supper only. 604-583-1399
With particularly large Chinese populations, Vancouver and
Richmond are the areas most noted for Chinese food, but in North
Surrey, you might wish to visit Lee Yuen. Beyond the
unassuming exterior is arguably the best Chinese food in north
104th Avenue Cafe
15269 - 104th Avenue; 604-582-9288
Located in the
Sheraton Guildford Hotel,
one of our
this restaurant offers good-quality food in a pleasant
environment. This restaurant is a short distance north of
15110 - 101st Avenue;
Akasaka is quality Japanese and Korean restaurant located at is a half block off 152nd Street on the
south side of 101st Avenue, a short walk away from our facility.
It's across the street from Hanago (discussed below).
10608 - 151A
Located in the
Sandman Suites Hotel, one of our
this new restaurant offers good, varied fare in an
10090 - 152nd Street, near
Jade Valley above.
Also located in the Impact
Shopping Centre Mall, a block south of our facility.
Maguro has a variety of Japanese dishes.
Good quality sushi and sashimi.
10160 - 152nd
A stone's throw away from our facility, the newly-remodeled
Earl's has a varied menu, good service.
Hanago is on the corner of 152nd
Street and 101 Avenue, a short walk away from our facility,
just behind the Wendy's Restaurant.
15146 - 100th
A couple blocks south of us, the Keg is best known for steaks
Guildford Sushi House
10330 - 152nd Street in the
Guildford Place Mall, across the street from the Guildford Town
Centre Mall and a block north of our facility. This is a
family-run restaurant offering inexpensive sushi and a few other
10202 - 152nd
restaurant a quick walk from our facility. Anducci's
serves Italian food.
10090 - 152nd Street, quite
near Maguro below.
Located in the Impact Shopping Centre Mall, a block south of our
facility, Jade Valley offers good Chinese food,
speedy service, and reasonable prices in an unpretentious
10181 - 152
long-time, well-known B.C. favorite just a short walk from our
facility, this family restaurant chain provides good burgers and
comfort food. It can get busy during traditional meal
10330 - 152nd Street, just a
block north of our facility. Reservations not required.
Kim Hoang serves a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including Pho, (the name of
Vietnamese noodle soup).
10237 - 152
Best known for their burgers served in a lively, atmosphere.
14357 - 104th Avenue,
two blocks north and eight blocks west from our facility. Reservations not required.
Specializing in Pho, (the name of Vietnamese noodle soup),
the Pho Hoa chain serves up excellent soup, served very quickly at inexpensive
prices. Particularly good on cold, rainy days.
15125 - 100th
Primarily known for pizza and pasta dishes in a lively
10181 - 152
Located on the premises of the
Ramada Inn and Suites Guildford, one of our
recommended hotels, This family
restaurant offers good standard fare.
Original Tandoori King Restaurant
7548 - 120th Street, #2 (Ground Floor); Reservations 592-8903
There are dozens of Indian restaurants up and down Scott Road
(120th Street), but this one is a consistent bet.
152nd Street, a block north of our facility.
A restaurant so popular in Canada that it is almost part of the
Tim Horton's is best known for donuts and coffee, though they also serve
soups and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
The nearest Starbucks
in the ubiquitous chain is on the east side of 152nd Street just
south of 102A Street. It's a stone's throw from our facility.
a short block north of us on 152A Street, Java
Planet has coffee, snacks, and billiard tables.
Death By Chocolate
Facing 152nd Street in the
Guildford Town Centre Mall, Death By Chocolate has wonderful desserts.
You'll spot it near the Old Navy store (which is quite visible from 152nd), quite
close to our facility.
Bread Garden is a step up from
typical fast food. But the food is fast (and good), so we've
included it here. It's located at the Guildford Town Centre Mall
near the 152nd Street entrance, quite near Old Navy (visible from 152nd
Street) and Death By Chocolate (discussed above).
at the corner of 152nd Street and 102A Avenue, is less than a block north of our
is less than a block south of our facility at the Boardwalk Mall.
are several fast-food restaurants at the
corner of 152nd Street and 101st Avenue, (a short walk from us).
is located at the northeast corner of the intersection and Wendy's
is at the northwest corner).
(Portuguese-style chicken) is on the southwest corner.
in the Impact Shopping Centre, is just a bit further south of 101st Avenue on
A mile or so down 152nd just north of the Fraser Highway are
and a Dairy Queen.
There are more
fast food restaurants in the
Guildford Town Centre Mall's Food
Interesting Facts About the Vancouver-Surrey Area
The Vancouver-Surrey metropolitan area is Canada's 3rd
largest after Toronto and Montreal. We have
some 2.2 million people in the metropolitan area.
Vancouver has about 565,000 of those people; Surrey has the
next largest portion, about 400,000.
And with more
than 1,000 people arriving each month, Surrey is one of the
fastest growing cities in the nation. In fact, Surrey
will pass Vancouver in size about the year 2020.
area consistently ranks in the Top 5 in most worldwide
rankings of cities. For example, according to
the Mercer Human Resource Consulting Firm, which
ranks 215 cities worldwide in terms of quality of
life, in the last half dozen years, we've ranked 1st (1999, 2000, 2001),
2nd (2002, 2003) or 3rd (2004) in the world.
With it's unique
combination of snow-capped mountains, beautiful ocean and
verdant forests, Vancouver has one
of the most spectacular scenic settings of any city
in the world, frequently compared with Cape Town,
South Africa--Rio de Janeiro, Brazil--and Hong Kong, China.
have the longest expected life expectancy in Canada,
on par with perennial world leaders, Japan and
Switzerland. Not coincidentally, and not
surprisingly given the climate and physical beauty
of the area, Vancouverites are the most physically
active Canadians. But we also read the most
and watch more TV than any other Canadian city.
(Perhaps it's during our winter rainy season.)
out more than any other city in North America. But
take note that you cannot smoke in restaurants here.
Vancouver is one
of the most multi-cultural cities in the world.
The 2001 census showed that 46% of the population
were immigrants. With 2/3 of those immigrants
being Asian, (particularly Chinese, East Indian,
Filipino, we have the highest percentage of
Asians of any North American city.
Vancouver is the
most expensive city in Canada, and one of the most
expensive in North America. We have the
nation's highest real estate prices and Canada's
most expensive neighborhood (West Vancouver).
The West End neighborhood
near the downtown core is by some estimates the most densely
populated area in North America.
Vancouver has the
second-largest film production industries in North
America. In fact, 10% of Hollywood films are
produced in Vancouver, along with several TV series.
There are three major studios currently located
here: Lions Gate, Paramount, and Bridge Studios.
In North America,
Vancouver's port ranks #1 in total foreign exports,
#1 in total cargo volume, #1 in total cargo handles
and #1 in total containers passing through.
Vancouver was the
birthplace of Greenpeace.
Well-known individuals with a connection to this area
(Musician; Grew up in the suburb of
(Actress; Born in Ladysmith; grew up in
Comox. Both are on Vancouver
(Musician most famous from the Guess Who
and Bachman Turner Overdrive; past
resident of White Rock; currently of
Salt Spring Island)
(Actor most famous for "Perry Mason" and
"Ironside"; from the suburb of New
Yvonne de Carlo
(Actress most known as "Lily" on the
Munsters; from Vancouver)
(Painter noted for her scenes of nature
in British Columbia; from Victoria on
(Author; grew up and currently resides
part time in West Vancouver)
(Actor most famous as "Scotty" on Star
Trek; from Vancouver)
(Film actor; died in the West End of
Michael J. Fox
(Actor in television and film; from the
suburb of Burnaby)
(Musician; from Victoria on Vancouver
(Actress; maintains a home in Vancouver
with husband Kurt Russell)
(Music group formed in Vancouver)
(For a couple years Hughes lived in the
Bayshore Hotel near Stanley Park in
(Musician; from Nanaimo on Vancouver
(Musician; resident of the
(Music group most famous in the 70s;
(Actor best known for "Will and Grace";
resident of Vancouver)
(Musician; resident of West Vancouver)
(Comedic Actor most famous from "Who's
Line Is It?"; grew up in Vancouver
(Musician; resides here at least part
time since her marriage to actor Ryan
(Music group; from Vancouver)
(Actor best known from "Beverly Hills
90210"; from Vancouver)
(Actor; from Vancouver)
(Actor; maintains a home in Vancouver
with wife Goldie Hawn)
(Singer; resides in Whistler)
(Comedic Actor most famous from the
"Drew Carey Show" and "Who's Line Is
It?"; grew up in Vancouver)
Jennifer Tilly and Meg Tilly
(Actresses; raised on Texada Island near
Powell River, also lived in Victoria on