Passengers board a B.C. Transit bus on Scott Road in 1993, in a Surrey Leader Collection photograph stored by Surrey Archives.

Passengers board a B.C. Transit bus on Scott Road in 1993, in a Surrey Leader Collection photograph stored by Surrey Archives.


Surrey’s dramatic change shown in photos from ‘Leader Collection’ during June 24 talk

Surrey Archives will reopen July 6 for pre-booked, in-person appointments

Surrey-area newspaper photos and stories dating back to the 1970s will be featured during a virtual talk focused on the Leader Collection, now stored at Surrey Archives in Cloverdale.

Highlights of the June 24 talk include views of The Rodeo Drive-In before its closure, SkyTrain construction, Surrey’s first Pride Parade and the city’s first Fusion Festival.

Registration is free for the hour-long event, a 6:30 p.m. start on Microsoft Teams. Visit for details, or call 604-501-5100.

“The Surrey Leader Collection is the largest collection at the Archives, consisting of more than one million images ranging from negatives, prints and born-digital photographs,” archivist Chelsea Bailey noted. “By profiling this collection, those attending will be able to get a glimpse of a period of dramatic change in Surrey.”

The Leader was Surrey’s longest serving newspaper, from 1929 to 2017, when a merger with the Now led to the Surrey Now-Leader.

In 2020, the Surrey Archives received a grant from the BC History Digitization Project to digitize more than 10,000 Leader images, made accessible online last fall. “The funding provides us with the opportunity to increase access to a significant portion of this collection, with emphasis placed on 1970s content,” Bailey explained.

Located at 17671 56th Ave., Surrey Archives will reopen July 6 for pre-booked, in-person appointments. Call 604-502-6459 for details.

In addition to virtual talks, the Archives has 70,000 archival photographs available online, as well as free online heritage tools, at

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