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July
17
posted by: Pacific Inn Resort Hotel on: July 17, 2014 10:17:36 PM
 Someone once said, “it is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf.”  In the spirit of this aphorism escape from the wider world this summer to some of Surrey’s best golf courses.  Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, there’s a course for every skill level in Surrey.

Morgan Creek Golf Club

Morgan Creek has been ranked amongst the top fifty golf courses in Canada by SCOREGolf Magazine and was named by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places to Play.”  Lightning fast greens and well manicured hilly fairways makes this course an equal delight and challenge to play.  Surrey’s temperate climate means that golfers can enjoy Morgan Creek all year round. 

Morgan Creek Golf Club

Hazelmere Golf Course

Hazelmere is an astounding course featuring an award winning clubhouse and extensive practice facility with a 35,000 square foot real grass tee deck and five target greens.  After your round, enjoy great food and drinks at the award winning Garden Room Restaurant.  Hazelmere is a great place to golf and dine this summer.

Peace Portal Golf Course

Peace Portal is one of British Columbia’s first golf courses and has been a local and international destination for over eighty years.  The course challenges players to improve their accuracy due to its relatively small greens and short driving distances.  Set amongst old growth forest and lush postcard-like B.C. scenery, Peace Portal is a local golfer’s hidden treasure.

Peace Portal Golf Course 

 Welcome to the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.   If you’re coming to Surrey to experience all of the superb golfing destinations the city has to offer, we are an ideal choice for your accommodation needs.  After a long day on the fairways, you can relax at our courtyard oasis featuring a pool, hot tubs and waterfall features.  Book your stay with us today!

June
30
For over 65 years, the Spirit of the Sea Festival in nearby White Rock has been thrilling residents and visitors alike every summer.  This year, the festival will feature the chance to demo all kinds of beach board sports (like skim-boarding), a children’s sandcastle competition, a wacky sand golf course, a torchlight parade, street hockey games, a market and great live musical entertainment.  This August 1-3, head to nearby White Rock to get in on all the summer fun!

A great activity for kids and families at this festival is the sandcastle-building competition.  On August 2 from 11:30-3pm at East Beach, participants will face off in an artistic showdown to create the most majestic sand castle.  Sandcastle competitions never fail to demonstrate just how creatively talented some young people are.  Participants are advised to arrive no later than 10:30 am for orientation.  Remember to bring your cameras – these creations will sadly be swept away by the afternoon tide.

A perennial highlight of this festival is the torchlight parade, a tradition that began in 1987.  This year, the official float will be “under the sea” themed.  The parade will be held on Sunday August 3 beginning at 9pm.  The route begins at Marine Drive and Oxford Street and moves east to Stayte Road.  Participation in the parade is welcomed!  Click here to find out more.

And what would a summer festival be without great outdoor music?  This year’s festival is being headlined by local hard rock legends Trooper.  You’ll also want to catch great performances by the Star Captains, The Sumner Brothers, and Jason Buie.  True to the community spirit of the festival, several local arts organizations and high school bands will also be performing on the main stage.


If you’re looking for great accommodations in Surrey this summer, come and stay with us at the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre.  Hidden in the interior of our hotel is a tropical oasis, where you can idly pass your afternoons in complete seclusion from the outside world.  Book your room today!



Nothing says summer like a lively farmers market, bursting with bountiful produce and abuzz with conversation, laughter and live music. If you’re visiting Surrey this summer, don’t pass up the chance to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and prepared goodies from local farmers and artisans at the Surrey Urban Farmers Market every Wednesday from 12pm to 5pm at the Surrey City Hall Plaza.

The City Hall Plaza is a new location for the market and it promises to be better than ever with more space and more vendors. The market has also changed their time slot, hoping that Wednesday afternoons will allow people to wander through on their lunch break or stroll through to pick up ingredients for an dinner.  

Also new for 2014 are some additional attractions including live cooking demos, art exhibits, local vendor showcases and more.

Another great reason to support the Surrey Urban Farmers Market is their involvement with the local community, including programs to make fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, meat and dairy available to Surrey residents in need.

In cooperation with Healthy Families BC and the BC Association of Farmers Markets, the SUFM works with Umoja Operation Compassion Society and Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub to provide 60 families and 20 seniors with Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons. 

The market is a treat for your ears as much as your taste buds, hosting a variety of local musicians every week, who play both original songs and old favorites, inviting you to dance and make merry!

For anyone staying with us here at the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre this summer, we wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Surrey Urban Famers Market. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to this beautiful part of the world!


Surrey, BC is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada. This June, our city’s multicultural mosaic is on full display at a variety of festivals and special events.

Bhangra Village | June 1
TD Engagement Centre @ SFU Surrey (13450 102 Ave)
Explore the intellectual side of the Bhangra movement at this though-provoking and fun event. Featuring performances from international Bhangra artists and talks from eminent academics, this event is a must for anyone with a penchant for Bhangra music or a curiosity about the cultural roots of this fascinating genre.

Greek Food Festival | June 6 – 15

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (13181 96 Ave)
Our mouths water just thinking about all the delicious baklava, bougatsa and loukoumades at this annual celebration of Greek cuisine. Stop by any day between June 6th and 15th to sample delicious food and soak up Greek culture and hospitality. There will be live Greek music and a Greek market with all sorts of gifts and goodies.

Philippine Indepedence Day Celebrations | June 8
Tephidaram Temple Grounds (10450 140 Street)
Everyone is welcome at this vibrant celebration of Philippine Independence Day. Watch the popular Parade of Queens & Flowers, shop for unique items, listen to live music and enjoy delicious, authentic food. Admission is free!

Latin Caribbean Festival | June 14
Pacific Inn Resort (1160 King George Blv)
Happening right here at our Pacific Inn Resort and Conference Centre, the Latin Caribbean Festival is one of Surrey’s most popular and lively cultural festivals. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as there will be all kinds of live music, from salsa and calypso to hip hop and reggaeton. There will be food vendors, a beer garden, swimsuit fashion show, kids’ zone and all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities all day long.

If you’re visiting Surrey to attend any of the very special events, we invite you to stay at our Pacific Inn Resort, South Surrey’s premier luxury hotel and conference centre. 


Don’t miss your chance to see the beautiful Miss World Canada delegates for their preliminary talent competition happening at our very own Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre on Friday, May 9th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Open to the public, this very special event offers an opportunity to meet and speak with this year’s delegates who, over the last six months, have been raising funds and furthering philanthropic endeavors in their home communities—including right here in Surrey!

Tickets for the Miss World Canada Talent Competition at the Pacific Inn are $15 per person, available at the door.

You’ll also want to grab a ticket to the Miss World Canada Crowning Gala, happening Sunday, May 11th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $45 for upper balcony seats to $160 for VIP admission. 



As one of the top two pageants in the world, Miss World never fails to be a record-breaking affair, welcoming representatives from more than 120 countries and continuing to build on the $500 million dollars it has raised for various charity causes around the world. The annual televised pageant attracts millions of viewers, exceeding even the Olympics in overall ratings.

For anyone attending the preliminary talent competition on Friday, May 9th, we would be delighted to provide you and your group with luxurious accommodations here at the Pacific Inn Resort. Our elegantly appointed rooms and suites offer the utmost in comfort, with 42” Plasma TVs, plush premium bedding and optional in-room Jacuzzis. Onsite, we have a first-rate restaurant, elaborate atrium pool area, spa, hair salon and much more

For this very special event, the Pacific Inn Resort is pleased to offer special room rates. To learn more, please contact our resort at 800-667-2248.


Happening every year since 1888, the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair is a beloved annual event for tens of thousands of visitors. The festivities seem to grow in size and scope every year, with 2014 promising to be one of the best ever!

At the heart of the proceedings is the Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo which features roughstock rodeo events like bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. You’ll also see ladies barrel racing and the wildly popular mutton bustin’ for little cowboys.

The country fair is also jam-packed with excitement. It features the largest midway in the Fraser Valley, with games and rides ranging from gentle to intense. The entertainment at the fair is top notch as well. You can see strong men strut their stuff at the West Coast Lumberjack Show indulge your appetite at the Cloverdale Cowboy Cookoff & Rib Fest and much more.



The outdoor entertainment stage will feature free music and performances throughout every day of the fair. There will also be interactive activities for the whole family including mechanical bull riding, 4H and animal displays, a Kidz Zone and a “Teen Night Club”. Those with an interest in the area’s aboriginal roots will want to check out the Aboriginal Gathering Place in the Shannon Hall Building.

2014 marks the inauguration of the Cloverdale Rodeo’s annual scholarship program, which supports young community leaders.

Tickets to the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair can be purchased online. It’s $12/day for gate admission, $20/day for the rodeo and $40/day for an unlimited ride pass.

For anyone visiting Surrey for this very special event, the Pacific Inn Resort is proud to be a premier Cloverdale Rodeo Hotel. Located just a 15-minute drive from the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, we offer all the luxury of a full-service resort and all the comforts of home.


No matter what your family’s wedding traditions are, it’s important to choose the right venue. After all, the venue for your wedding provides the backdrop to some of the most important memories of your life.
 
When it comes to Indian weddings, no other hotel in Surrey, BC can provide the size and quality of the facilities at the Pacific Inn Resort. Our extensive event facility can accommodate up to 800 guests in over 10,000 square feet of versatile event space featuring an elegant ballroom, lush outdoor gardens, spacious atrium and award-winning onsite restaurant.  

 
 
A key factor to consider when choosing a venue for your Indian wedding is the experience of the venue. On an occasion this important, there’s no room for error. Here at the Pacific Inn Resort in Surrey, we have hosted thousands of Indian weddings over the last 20 years and have the skills and experience to help make your special occasion unforgettable. Our knowledgeable event staff will go the extra mile to ensure that your big day is a complete success.  
 
Planning an event of this scale is a daunting task, but we are here to help. Our experienced staff of wedding planners have the connections to set your wedding up with the best decorators, DJs, florists, live performers, wedding cakes, photographers and more. When it comes to cuisine, our in-house chefs will work with you to develop a meal plan suited to your culinary vision. 

 
 
For the accommodation of your out-of-town wedding guests, we will be happy to put together a competitive group rate package, including offering one complimentary room for every 20 room nights booked. We will also provide a complimentary room for the bride and groom for events with 100 guests or more.
 
To get started planning your unforgettable Indian wedding in Surrey at the Pacific Inn Resort, please contact our sales team today at sales@pacificinn.com or 604-535-1432.
March
28
If you’re an art aficionado, then the Surrey Art Gallery is the place for you. Founded in 1975, the Surrey Art Gallery has been housing local, national, and international works for nearly 40 years.  The Gallery also offers courses, lectures and workshops led by highly-skilled artists.  With the new seasons come new art gallery exhibitions, and things are no different for Surrey Art Gallery. Come down to the Gallery on April 12th to mark the Gallery’s newest exhibition, Ruptures in Arrival, Art in the Wake of Komagata Maru.

The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steamship that travelled from Punjab, India to Vancouver in 1914, carrying with it 376 passengers hoping to make new lives on Canada’s west coast. Only 20 were allowed to land in the city, with the remaining 356 sent back to India. Many artists have captured this event in a variety of art forms. Ten separate artists will be featured for this exhibition, with pieces ranging from painting to sculpture to 3D film.

Other exhibitions currently showing at the Gallery include:

Art By Surrey Secondary School Students

Talented young artists from Surrey Secondary School feature their works, complete with artist statements and teachers’ lesson plans. Marvel at the local talent and gain insight into how art is instructed to those who learn it.

Open Sound: Sonoros Kingdom

Local artist Matt Smith presents his “naturalistic” sound installation, which is based on data gathering systems that are located in the Burns Bog area. An audio exhibit, listeners will be challenged to reassess the perceived relationship between nature and information.

If you’re visiting the Surrey area and are taking in some art at Surrey Art Gallery, then come stay with us at the Pacific Inn Resort Hotel & Conference Centre. Conveniently located in South Surrey and only a short ways from the sunny beaches of White Rock, BC, you’ll be close to wherever you need to go. And with fantastic rooms, all sorts of amenities and friendly staff, you can’t go wrong!

March
20
One of the largest and most prestigious dance competitions in North America, the month-long Surrey Festival of Dance is hitting Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre for its 48th year.  The Festival brings together individual competitors, dance troupes and adjudicators from all over North America and the world as they compete in the categories of Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Tap & Stage, International, Jazz, Hip Hop/Street and more. All the action gets underway on March 29, with festivities wrapping up on April 30.

 
Photo courtesy www.surrey.ca

Inaugurated in 1966, the Surrey Festival of Dance saw 450 dancers—not bad for a first year! The Festival would grow to be much, much bigger, however. Now the competition hosts over 10,000 competitors. And where early competitors competed at everything from churches to libraries, they now compete at first-class performance theatres such as the Surrey Arts Centre and the Bell Centre for Performing Arts. The competition is a great opportunity for competitors, who can gain invaluable experience, make new friends and even win scholarships and bursaries to continue their education in dance. 

The Festival also hosts a few special events in addition to regular competitions. The “No Borders’ Group Dance Challenge” is a completely open dance challenge with over $13000 in cash and the title of “Grand Champion” on the line. The Dance & Wellness Seminar Workshop is a great opportunity for students and teachers alike to learn about nutrition and injury prevention in addition to dance.

For more information about the festival, check out their website. Tickets to performances are available at the door.

If you want to check out any of the action in the upcoming month, then we here at the Pacific Inn Resort Hotel & Conference Centre would love to have you. Just a 20-minute drive for the Surrey Arts Centre and minutes from the beautiful beaches of White Rock, BC, we’re in the perfect spot. And with fantastic, luxurious rooms and too many amenities to list, you’ll be glad you chose us. 

February
28
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to get your green on in White Rock this month, as March is Irish Heritage Month. Irish-themed events such as poetry readings, live music, workshops, Irish dancing and more will take place around town for the whole month as part of White Rock’s Irish Festival—and many of these events will be free!



Kick off the month with your best Irish spirit and your greenest attire as part of the Irish Flash Mob that takes place at the White Rock Pier on March 2nd from 2:00-5:00.  The rest of the month features all kinds of events all around town:

  • enjoy live Irish folk music, poetry and more at a number of pubs and bars throughout the city
  • take in Celtic story nights and a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance at the White Rock Elks Hall
  • participate in a number of workshops and Irish films at the White Rock Community Centre.
  • discover Irish literature with readings at the White Rock Library

The festival concludes with the Irish Festival Wrap Up at Ceili’s Modern Irish Pub, which features Team Hewitt, the Eire Born Irish Dancers and the Crescent Beach Pipe Band.

For a full list of events for the entire month, please click here.

Of course, Irish folk are well known for their unique expressions and sayings. As such, it might be a good idea to brush up on your Irish jargon before hitting any Irish-themed event while in town. Here are some bits of Irish jargon that you should familiarize yourself with:

  • Grabbing a drink with a sham?  Don’t worry, he’s just a good friend!
  • Don’t be a gowl—that’s someone who’s highly annoying.
  • What’s the yoke? It could be anything; yoke” is a broad descriptive term that could be interchanged with “thing” in Canadian English.
  • Who’s that muppet? Irish muppets aren’t necessarily furry—they are simply anyone who is foolish.
  • That’s deadly. Don’t worry; no one’s going to bite the bullet. In Ireland, “deadly” is synonymous for “fantastic”. 


Now that you’ve got some lingo down, you have no reason not to check out the Irish Festival, if you’re passing through White Rock this March. And while you’re here, you should also definitely check in to the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre, White Rock’s premier hotel. With truly top- a wide variety of rooms and exceptional in-house services & amenities, we offer quality accommodations options for every budget. 

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