Fleetwood has all you need without having to pay the cost of living in the big city. The benefits of suburban life of slower pace living and lower housing costs relative to Vancouver make this part of the city an attractive choice. With driving distance to Vancouver just 30 minutes away, Fleetwood has become a hot spot to live. Fleetwood borders are from 76 Ave in the south to 96 Avenue in the north and from 144 Street in the east to 172 Street in the west.
A bit of History
Fleetwood was one of the most recently developed areas in Surrey. Most settlers at the time did not prefer the heavily timbered land of the uplands as it was more difficult to clear than the lowlands of Serpentine or Nicomekl Rivers. So Fleetwood became the more desirable location for loggers to make it their home. The Davis family, one of the earliest settlers, homesteaded at the corner of 160th Street and 88 Avenue in 1889. You would think that the name Fleetwood would be named after the earlier settlers. The name was in fact dedicated to Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, the brother of Edith Francis, who died from his battle wounds in World War I. Edith Francis was one of the founding members of the Fleetwood Community Hall, built in 1923 to provide space for social functions and gatherings. This hall located on 80th Avenue and between 156th and 160th Street is still in use today. Population expanded during the war when people were forced to flee to the Fraser Valley area due to housing shortages in Vancouver and New Westminster. The first school was built in 1944 called Fleetwood Secondary School. William Watson Elementary was built in 1958.
Recreation and Parks
Fleetwood is a wonderful place to call home. There is always something for the entire family. Visit the Surrey Sports and Leisure Center, which has the aquatic center, and the Fleetwood Community Center with the adjacent walking park, Francis Park.
The gorgeous Fleetwood Tynehead is perfect for long strolls with your dog and picnics in the afternoon by the Serpentine River. There is even a fish hatchery and a beautiful butterfly garden.
Every year, the community hosts the Fleetwood Festival which is a great time to mingle with the rest of Fleetwoodrites. It is always a packed afternoon event where magic, music, dancing, face-painting and bouncy castles take over.
Fleetwood offers some of the best secondary schools in the area. Fleetwood Secondary School is a public school that ranked 48 of 293 according to the Fraser Institute Studies in Education Policy in 2012–2013. Graduation rate was 97.2%. This school is located at 17200 96 Ave, Surrey.
Holy Cross Secondary is another exceptional school. The school was ranked by the Fraser Institute in 2014 as 43 out of 289. Holy Cross is under the charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The location is 16193 88th Ave.
Elementary Schools include William Watson Elementary, Frost Road Elementary and Coyote Creek Elementary.