Aaron Hinks photo Brian Lauder, who’s fond of cruising the less-travelled road, writes that with more traffic and dense development, the hobby is becoming more challenging as times goes on in South Surrey.

LETTERS: Simple joys of a drive in the country


My wife and I quite often go for drives. Just getting out of the house and into the country can be relaxing. Driving through the Fraser Valley has, for many years, been our usual destination, but it’s really been changing for the worse.

It’s really hard to actually get away from traffic nowadays, especially the tremendous number of trucks of all sizes and shapes. Instead of enjoying the views, you are too busy keeping an eye on what the truckers in front, beside or behind are going to do at any moment.

The valley is filling in so much with homes and industry but what bothers me the most are the mega homes littered throughout the valley. When I see these monstrosities, it makes me think of all the farm land they sit on top of.

We now love to head across the border because their farm land in many areas is left in a great rural state and you can just sit back and enjoy the ride with no stress. Just watch it when you cross the border – even with a Nexus pass and especially at Sumas.

For some reason the border guards don’t understand the concept of just going for a drive and they want to know all the stops you are going to make, etc. Of course, that takes away the whole thing of going for a drive because every corner you take gives you new vistas and surprises and even a great place to stop for a meal.

Brian Lauder, Surrey

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