White Rock, British Columbia is a beach community named after a large 486 ton white boulder left behind from the ice age. Today... the community is best known for its 8+ kilometre white sandy beaches, promenade waterfront walkway and a 1500 foot historic fishing pier.
White Rock, British Columbia is located on the southern edges of the Metro Vancouver region (Greater Vancouver Regional District) near the Canada-USA Douglas Border Crossing. To the north, east and west of the community is the City of Surrey. In fact, Surrey surrounds White Rock on all three sides.
Looking south, White Rock peers out over Semiahmoo Bay in the Strait of Georgia. Further south, in the Strait of Georgia, are the Southern Gulf Islands and the southern tip of Vancouver island. And on the horizon one can see Mount Baker in the state of Washington, USA.
The history, like much of Metro Vancouver, has a long First Nation past. Directly next to White Rock, within the city limits of Surrey, is the Semiahmoo First Nation people. The First Nation word " Semiahmoo' " translates to " half-moon " which was used to describe the shape of the bay in which White Rock sits.
An artsy community with a good selection of services and amenities popular with travelers. Some of the services in the community include accommodations, attractions, fine dining, restaurants, outdoor patios, specialty gift shops, retail boutiques, banks, liquor stores, pubs, coffee houses, internet and transportation (bus and taxi).
Walk the streets of White Rock and one will encounter culture, art and history. Some of the venues and cultural attractions in White Rock which are of interest to visitors include art galleries, statues, monuments, museums, wellness centres, theatre, historic sites, totem poles, murals and artist studios.
The waterfront in White Rock consists of two beaches - East Beach and West Beach. The white sandy beach measures over 8+ kilometres long and is complimented by a 2+ kilometre promenade pathway which follows the shoreline of the beach providing great views and access. Some of the other natural attractions, parks and green space areas in the region include the Lions Lookout Park, Peace Arch Provincial Park and Centennial Park.
Whether exploring the promenade, the side streets, the waterways or the parks within White Rock there are many activities to enjoy. Some of the more popular activities to participate in while visiting in the community include golfing, swimming, sightseeing, ocean kayaking, boating, sailing, birdwatching, walking, rollerblading, beachcombing, picnicking, fishing and sunbathing.