Cloverdale’s origins are a rural agricultural based community which was settled in the mid-1800s. Currently, it is one of the fastest growing communities in the province.
According the City of Surrey, Cloverdale has experienced exponential growth in the last 10 years. Population grew from 46,100 in 2005 to an astounding 71,400 in 2015, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace.
As residential units are developed, to keep up with demand new schools, parks and retail units are following suit. House prices continue to skyrocket in Metro Vancouver, so Cloverdale remains an affordable alternative other high priced areas. It is no wonder more families are choosing to make Cloverdale home, including my own.
Both my husband and I grew up in Cloverdale and in the past 20 years this small town has grown up too. There are so many reasons we chose to raise our two boys here. We recently purchased a single-family home with a large yard, so our kids can enjoy a suburban lifestyle, similar to the one we enjoyed but with a fresh and modern twist.
Top 5 reasons on why we live in Cloverdale:
Neighbourhood community parks are around every corner, 36 to be exact. One of our favorites is the Cloverdale Athletic Park. It boasts 20 hectares of athletic fields, including artificial and turf soccer fields, all weather fields, 5 softball diamonds, 4 tennis courts, a basketball court, a lacrosse box, a waterpark, playground, walking/running trails and the Cloverdale Bike Park.
On any given day in our neighbourhood, you’ll see kids riding bikes and scooters, shooting hoops or playing street hockey. Cloverdale has a great school system and all the amenities a growing family requires. We take full advantage of our new community centre, youth park, ice arena, curling centre and golf courses at every opportunity.
One of the things I love about my community is its walkable. I can pack the kids up in the stroller and be at the rec centre, school or grocery store within minutes. For everyone’s enjoyment there is a network of paved walking and biking trails throughout Cloverdale.
Some of our favorite activities to enjoy as a family are the Cloverdale Rodeo, Blueberry Festival, Canada Day, The Bose Family Maze and Christmas Light Parade. We’ll occasionally visit the Surrey Museum, watch the horse races at the Elements Casino, or take a ride on the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway.
The Vibe (small town feel)
Cloverdale is located in the Eastern corner of Surrey, approximately 45 Km’s from Vancouver. Downtown Cloverdale still retains many of its heritage buildings and is known for its small town lure. The charming shops and restaurants have served as a backdrop to many local and international TV and film productions. Many large retailers have set up shop right next door in Langley. So really there is no need to leave this area.