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Scott Rd & 72nd Ave. --Robson St. For Suburbans


It's great being a Vancouver Canucks fan, where living downtown affords you the opportunity to celebrate Canucks' victories along conveniently-located Robson St. (I think they should rename it in recognition of Vancouver's longtime broadcaster Jim Robson!).

But what about the 2+ million residents who live outside of the city, and can't exactly jump on the Skytrain to zip into Vancouver and participate with the hockey-style Mardi-Gras fun that occurs downtown? Those park-n-rides aren't cheap! Plus it's a good 40-minutes to get into the city, and by that time, all the good yelling will have died down!

Well for those who live in the Surrey/North Delta area, we have: Scott Road and 72nd Ave! Woo hoo!

While not exactly a boulevard of spectacular city night-life, exciting shops, and a Starbucks on every corner (well...there are 2, 3 if you count the one inside the Safeway around 74th Ave.), this magical conflux of both Surrey and North Delta washes together like the Fraser river joining up with the Thompson River, bringing enthusiastic suburban residents (as well as the local constabulary) together in a spontaneous (and locally convenient) celebration of our endearing hockey franchise (the Canucks, not the Surrey Eagles).

Fans young and old rush to this odd intersection, most notable to me as being a 7-Eleven when I was in my youth, and where the most excitement I ever experienced on that corner (before this country Canucks corner manifested itself) was the introduction of the Super Big-Gulp.

While it lacks the long stretches of sidewalks where passing fans can hoot and holler at each other, high-fiving other 'Nucks jersey-adorned supporters while making their way to and fro the various downtown destinations, Surrey and North Delta residents have one intersection to which they can meander back and forth, concentrating themselves in tight bunches like some nugget of pure Canucks fanaticism.

Sure, Scott Road stretches a lot longer than Robson St., but remember, these are the suburbs, where people have cars, and drive to the end of their own driveways to get the mail. They don't want to walk up and down a long boring road, when there's plenty of excitement packed into one little corner, where there's a Shell gas station on one corner, and a White Spot on the other, and plenty of parking nearby!

Oh there is no comparison between the two post-game street destinations, and certainly Robson St. is the hub of excitement after a Canucks win. But just think of the families in Surrey and North Delta, who have to work in the morning, and the kids have school...it doesn't take any time at all to drive through that suburban intersection, showing their team support, yet still be able to get home in time to watch American Idol! 

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