Surrey Center Heritage Tour
In British Columbia, Canada
How Geocaching Works
Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer
I do not recommend doing this cache at night do to the lack of lighting on private property! The above co-ordinates are for a suggested area to park your car on the street. From here you can walk to the first stop on the tour and then return to your vehicle after finding the final cache. The terrain varies from city sidewalks to trails with a slight incline.
Surrey Center was established in 1879 and the first pioneers arrived in the area just prior to this. They built their homes and then a general store and a post office. Later they built a church, a school and a town hall and many other buildings as the community grew. The original town hall, built in 1891, was the municipal center of Surrey and has been moved to the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale for preservation. The following is a tour of some of the original buildings remaining in this area.
The first stop on the tour can be found at the following co-ordinates - N 49 6.706 W 122 45.381.
This was the home of the Boothroyd family and was built in the late 1870s. Before the Boothroyds moved to Surrey Center, only the Huck family lived in the area. If you look closely you will find the house number which will help you find your next stop. The House was underwent a major restoration in 2006 and is now home to a community business. If you smell freshly brewed coffee you'll know you're at the right place, go inside and grab a hot drink and don't forget to read the historical information on the wall!
N 49 6.ACA W 122 45.BA1
A = second digit in house number
B = second digit in house number minus one
C = third digit in house number
Here you will find a community hall built by the Loyal Orange Lodge. The Loyal Orange Institution is a protestant organization founded in Ireland in 1795. The hall number and the year it was built can be found to get you to your next stop.
Unfortunately the hall had to be removed in 2015 due to the aging condition of the building. Use the picture links at the bottom of the page or in the image gallery to complete this stop on the tour. If you have difficulty viewing the pictures the coordinates to stop#3 in the hints section.
N 49 6.BFE W 122 45.ACF
D = second digit in hall number
E = third digit in year built
F = last digit in the year built minus five
As you make your way to stop #3, you should see Surrey Center Elementary School - built in 2004. In 1891, a one room school house was built across the street from the current building; this was the first of four schools to bear the name Surrey Center.
The next stop is the Anglican Christ Church. The church was founded by Reverend William Bell in 1882 and on ______, 1884 the building's "cornerstone" was laid. Find the date and find your next stop.
N 49 6.DGC W 122 45.FAE
G = month number minus eight
Along the way you will see Bell Hall, named after the previously mentioned Anglican minister. It is also appropriately located on Bell road.
The second to last stop on the tour is the former home of Guy Richardson, built in 1927. His wife Lucy was the daughter of the Reverend Bell. Take note of the house number and then head for the cache.
**** Please stay off the property - this is a private residence ****
N 49 6.HAG W 122 45.HFE
H = forth digit in house number minus 1
The cache lies within Guy Richardson Park which is adjacent to the house. Take note - the cache is nowhere near the house and it's current owners! Tree cover is heavy in some parts of the park so it may be best to approach from the south where it’s open.
The original contents of the cache are: - Log book - 2 Pencils - Pencil sharpener Trade Items - neck key chain - 2 I Love Surrey pins - 2 small sticker collections Keep trade items small as cache is quite small (short, round Zip Lock container).
Fgbc #2 pbbeqvangrf - A 49 6.686 J 122 45.561 (lbh fubhyq or arne n przrgrel)
Fgbc #3 - pbearefgbar cyndhr ba FR fvqr bs ohvyqvat
Svany Pnpur - pnpur vf thneqrq ol n ubyyl gerr - bhpu!
Last Updated: on 5/19/2017 11:56:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time (6:56 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum