Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland Attractions in Nearby Cities: White Rock

White Rock Info

White Rock Info

White Rock, nestled along Boundary Bay along the US border, is home to the famous Peace Arch border crossing (officially, the Douglas border crossing), one of the busiest in North America.. This community, five km north of the border on Highway 99 is named for the 40 tonne rock on the beach. The rock has been limed white by the accumulation of guano (bird poop) from generations of seabirds.

White Rock is blessed with long, sandy beaches and a dry climate, compared to the rest of the Vancouver area. This makes it a hot spot in summer, when it holds an annual sea festival. Stroll along the 2.5 kilometre red brick waterfront promenade, with its galleries, boutiques, and sidewalk cafes. Walk out over the water on White Rock's pier, which extends 469 metres over the water. White Rock and the pier

The main commercial area is located along Johnston Road (152nd St.) and along North Bluff. Here, several shopping malls and plazas within walking distance of one another offer a wide variety of specialty shops, sidewalk cafes. The Marine Drive strip, has a California beach feel and caters to the summer visitors with its gift shops, pubs and a myriad of specialty retail stores.

White Rock History

Henry Thrift cleared land for the first cottage here in 1892. Early European settlers, in the 1900s, were attracted by the area's natural beauty and its proximity to the U.S. border. Logging and processing by the Campbell River Lumber Company were early industries, and the area grew quickly when the Great Northern Railway line was finished in 1909. White Rock's historic railway station was completed in 1913.

Stores along White Rock's beach The wooden pier was built after local saw mills were offered East Coast business once the Panama Canal was opened. In 1914, the finished pier was 628 feet in length, and the following year another 985 feet was added. In 1953, a breakwater was built to protect the pier.

The area grew during the Second World War, as women and their children moved here awaiting the return of their soldier husbands. White Rock incorporated as a municipality in 1957 when it had 6,000 residents, and has since grown to 18,000. By 1976 the pier had deteriorated to an unsafe condition, and the community formed a Save-the-Pier committee. In April 1982, the pier and White Rock were both declared heritage sites.

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Annual festivals & events




Social Justice Film Festival White Rock late FebSee films, hear speakers and musical entertainment. First United Church, Salvation Army, White Rock Library, White Rock 604-542-0304
Semiahmoo Bay Regatta / Kite Festivallate AprA celebration of wind, waves and water including two days of yacht racing, Saturday banquet, Sunday Barbeque, a host of beach side activities including hovercraft, coast guard boats, RCMP boats, kayaking, kite flying, bands, buskers, children's activities etc. Semiahmoo Bay, White Rock 604-531-3600
Canada Day on the BayJul 1This Canada Day celebration includes a pancake breakfast in the morning, artisan's displays, children's games and crafts, live musical performances, a sandcastle competition & fireworks in the evening on the beach. White Rock Waterfront 604-541-2236
Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Artsmid JulyThree acres of beautiful gardens filled with over 100 artists' creations, paintings, jewellery, pottery, stone carvings, etc. This outdoor art event takes place over two weekends and is open from 10am to 6pm each day as artists display and offer their exhibits for sale. 604-536-6460
Canada Cup International Fastpitch early July7th Canada Cup International Fastpitch Futures Tournament World Junior Women's - An international women's fast pitch developmental tournament to help teams prepare for the Olympics by facing top caliber competition.
Tour de White Rocklate JulyThis historical cycling race takes place on the picturesque seaside hills of the City of White Rock. Tour de White Rock is proud to partner with the Tour de Delta, Tour de Gastown, and the Giro di Burnaby to form BC Superweek of Cycling.
Spirit of the Sea Festivalend July-Early AugFeaturing: Miss White Rock Pageant, Elk's Pancake Breakfast, Children's Parade, Mini Golf In the Sand, Face Painting, Street Artisans, White Rock Sandcastle Competition, Continuous Stage Entertainment, Waiter's Race, Torchlight Parade & more! Since 1949. Semiahmoo Bay, White Rock 604 536 6844
Waterfront Concert Series Jul& AugsutAcoustic performances, Saturdays & Sundays 3 - 5 pm, weather permitting White Rock Museum Plaza 604-541-2252
Wings Over White Rock Snowbirds Fly For C.H.I.L.D end July-Early AugThe Canadian Forces Snowbirds are Ambassadors to the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, and they provide a 30 minute airshow over Semiahmoo Bay with a Sponsors Dinner to meet the pilots & crew. West Beach, White Rock 604-736-0645, Fax 604-736-0049, Toll-free 877-672-4453
Semiahmoo Salmon FestivalSeptThis two day interactive multicultural event features stage entertainment, powwows, family activities and a salmon barbeque. Semiahmoo Park in east beach, Shite Rock
Uptown White Rock Block Party & British Invasionmid SeptA free end of summer street party featuring live music, carnival rides, classic cars, great food & shopping. Johnston Rd & Russel Ave, White Rock 604-536-4958
West Beach Pumpkin Festivallate OctLocal residents and merchants compete to carve the most original Halloween pumpkin. Bring the family for free farm fun with hay rides, pumpkin carving & live entertainment throughout the day, 11 am - 4 pm Marine Drive at West Beach, White Rock White Rock Business Improvement Association
White Rock Christmas Sail Pastearly DecMembers of local marinas decorate sail boats and motor boats and sail in the Semiahmoo Bay, and parade past the White Rock Pier at West Beach in White Rock, British Columbia.
White Rock Horse & Carriage Rides,id DevEnjoy horse & carriage rides from 9am to 9pm, from four locations: Uptown, Five Corners, East Beach& West Beach. Starts Uptown and ends at West Beach on Marine Drive in White Rock, BC.

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