Get a canoe ride in — but not really — at Surrey’s Central City Plaza

But you can enjoy a real picnic there.

Well, it’s not exactly a trip to the cottage, but this “Canadian Summer” is kind of neat, anyway.

If you visit the Central City plaza, in Surrey’s city centre, you’ll find a “PARKit 150 pop-up park” that was set up this past Monday to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year. It’ll be there until Sept. 11.

It looks like a hybrid between public art and a playground. Visitors will find at the installation, which was designed by North Vancouver landscape artist Amy Tsang, a fixed canoe, painted lake, wooden dock, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, a sculpture beaver dam and some cedar and maple trees. There’s also a piano, inviting visitors to tickle those ivories.

“Visitors to the site can enjoy the feel of a classic Canadian summer day spent relaxing at the lake,” said Meghan McCrea, marketing and community relations manager for Blackwood Partners Management Corporation.

PARKit150 is sponsored by the City of Surrey and Central City. You can learn more about it at or

McRrea told the Now-Leader she hasn’t yet taken the canoe for a ride, but plans to soon. “I’ll have to do that this week,” she chuckled. Asked how far she plans to paddle, she laughed “Not too far, I think.”

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