One of the six town centres in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, Whalley is the most densely inhabited and urban. SFU Surrey’s Central City campus is located in Surrey’s City Centre. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Civic Plaza campus is also located in the city’s central business district. Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain fast transport system exclusively serves this town centre in Surrey. Whalley is served by the Scott Road, Gateway, Surrey Central, and King George Expo Line stations.
Whalley, Surrey’s second-largest community, is based on the city’s population figures. City Centre, the central subarea of Whalley’s core, has a population of 26,945 people as of 2018. Whalley has a population of 75,610 as of 2018. There are 102,555 people living in the surrounding region. Both the Surrey-Whalley riding in British Columbia and Surrey North in the House of Commons of Canada represent Whalley. Randeep Sarai represents Whalley in Parliament, while Bruce Ralston serves as the municipality’s Member of Provincial Parliament.
There were residents in Whalley as far back as the 1880s. Grant money was sought in 1908 to build a road from Fraser Bridge to 108 Avenue, where it currently stands. As a safer alternative to the meandering Old Yale Route, this new road was eventually incorporated into King George Boulevard. At the future crossroads of Ferguson Road (108 Avenue), Grosvenor Road, and King George Boulevard, Arthur Whalley and his family relocated from Cloverdale to a three-acre triangle in 1925. For their second winter in tents, they began clearing land and constructing an amenity complex that featured tourist bungalows and a general store. When the board of trade launched a contest to rename “Whalley’s Corner,” the municipality formally chose the name of Whalley in 1948. For the sake of honouring a local real estate and insurance broker, “Binnieville” had also been suggested, in memory of Tom Binnie.
Numerous debates were placed in Whalley, Surrey, in the mid-20th century about the city’s secession from Surrey and becoming a distinct municipality. Whalley was one of four regional town centres chosen by Metro Vancouver (then known as the GVRD) in 1976, which sparked a renovation of the town centre. “Whalley–Guildford Plan” was adopted by the City of Surrey in 1985, which proposed high-density commercial development along 104 Avenue between Whalley and Guildford.