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Participants at 2014 Doors Open

June 24, 2014

Surrey, BC – Inspired by Doors Open events held around the world, thousands of Surrey residents attended the 3rd annual Doors Open event held on Saturday. 48 sites around City Centre, Bear Creek, Newton and Cloverdale, opened their doors to welcome visitors who became tourists in their own city and explored Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture.

“Surrey’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The Doors Open event is an opportunity for residents to learn about each other and appreciate the vibrancy, richness and heritage of our city.”

The event offered a variety of tours including the historic Fraser Valley Heritage Railway, the Guru Nanak Temple, Simon Fraser University and new City Hall. Participants experienced cultural centres, art displays, universities, police stations, vintage trucks, and fire stations.

“It was wonderful to see residents come out and take interest in the many diverse cultural and historic places of significance that are in Surrey,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Culture Development Committee. “Doors Open was a fun-filled day of exploration and we thank everyone who supported it plus the hundreds of volunteers who made this day possible.”

The concept of Doors Open originated in France where the first Doors Open event (La Journee Portes Ouvertes) took place in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries and has since expanded around the globe. For more information, visit


For program info contact:
Lori Bowie
Healthy Communities Manager
City of Surrey

Media Contact:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor