Good Life Saturdays: Quaint Cloverdale Village

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Hello! Welcome to Good Life Saturdays! Vancouver and it’s surrounding islands is an amazing place to explore and these posts show you places to visit. Some of them are tourist attractions, but they are mostly places we love to go – both old and new – and they will, more than likely, be, er, budget-friendly.

Good Life Saturdays is not just about going out. It’s also about the forgotten art of simply doing things for ourselves and our own pleasure. It might be curling up on your couch or armchair and spending an afternoon reading a good book (a luxury in my world, these days!), or relaxing on the beach watching the waves roll in.

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This week we had to go to Cloverdale to buy our dog food, and I couldn’t resist a visit to the quaint village on 176th street. It’s about a 20 minute drive from where we live in Surrey, BC, and approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Cloverdale is an historic village settled in the mid to late 1800s. It’s stores have lovely names like La Belle Vie, The Abode, Elemental Canine and our favourite coffee shop, The Rustic Rooster.

The Rustic Rooster has a combination of comfortable arm chairs that you can sink into and enjoy your coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and a small meal, and tables for larger groups.

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It also has a section of beautiful knick-knacks, signs, tea and the like

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Perfect for your home or for gifts for friends and family.

There are quite a few stores that sell similar things and I could spend a few hours going into each store and browsing.

Cloverdale is also home to the Surrey Museum, the Surrey Archives and The BC Vintage Truck Museum.

If it’s a little more excitement you’re looking for, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is open over the May long weekend every year and is fun for the whole family.

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Or you can try your hand at gambling at the Fraser Downs Race Track and Casino. Unfortunately, their website is under construction at the time of writing this post. Or if golf is more your thing, then try out the Northview Golf & Country Club.

And something for the big and small kids alike – a vintage train ride at Surrey’s Heritage Rail. I’m dying to try this one out – I love trains. It starts in May!

At the end of your day, you can pop in for a drink at The Henry

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And then have a bite to eat at The Vault Restaurant (some of the tables are situated in an old bank vault), Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar or check out TripAdvisor’s 10 best restaurants in Cloverdale.

All in all, there’s something for everyone in Cloverdale.

Cheers for now.

jane

cloverdale in the fall


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