Fleetwood is a great town in which to live, offering a ton of recreational, shopping, and fine dining amenities for its residents as well as a laid back, suburban atmosphere that allows for a life of quiet comfort. It has a rich history and a close-knit community feel. The residents here treasure their community and each other. Here is a look at the history of this great town.
Fleetwood is named in honor of local war hero Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, a Lance Corporal who died during the First World War. A statue of Cpl. Fleetwood was erected in 2008 in front of the Fleetwood Community Centre and Library to commemorate this great man.
The Yale Wagon Road in the late 1800s allowed logging, fishing and farming to become primary industries in the region for settlers coming from Vancouver and New Westminster. By 1907, Edith (née Fleetwood) and James Francis settled in the area, and many of the Fleetwood family soon joined them, becoming prominent figures in the region.
In August 1915, Arthur Thomas Fleetwood joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and went to France to fight in the First World War. He died from battle wounds two years later, on September 8, 1917. At this time, Edith applied to the provincial government to name the town after her fallen brother, and she became a founding member of the Fleetwood Community Association.
The Fleetwood Community Hall and Centre
The Fleetwood Community Hall was built in the 1930s and still stands today, directly across the street from the Fleetwood Community Centre, which celebrates its twentieth year in operation this very year. Between the Community Hall, Community Centre, and the Fleetwood Library which all stand adjacent to Francis Park, the town has a strong heart and central gathering place.
1970s Through Today
Fleetwood is a community whose growth never seems to stop. Since the 1970s, the population has experienced steady and rapid growth, and manages to keep up with the new population, providing all of the amenities we need as well as maintaining our tight-knit community feel. The Fleetwood Community Association founded by Mrs. Francis continues to play a vital role in community activities and development.
In 1998 was celebrated our first Fleetwood Festival, which has occurred every year since. This fun and family-friendly event celebrates the spirt, wellness, environment and heritage of our lovely community.
A Great Place to Live
Fleetwood offers to its residents a broad variety of cultural and recreational activities including the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex and a wealth of walking trails, gardens, water parks, skating arenas, party facilities and ball fields. Throughout the town, public art displays add to the cultural heritage and beauty of the community.
There’s no question that, with such a rich history and so many opportunities for relaxation and recreation, this is a great place to be. If you are looking for a new place to lay down your roots, take a look at our Fleetwood real estate listings, and give us a call to find your dream home today!