Canada, Family Life

White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

A gem on the West Coast of Canada, miles of beautiful sandy beach overlooked by a small lovely community on the hill.  Located just across the northern border of Washington USA this seaside community has two main streets, one along the beaches, West beach and East beach, the other main street runs up the hill and the area is referred to as uptown White Rock.

The uptown shops have everything including grocery stores, thrift shops, barber shops, as well as many unique locally owned boutiques and restaurants.

Marine Drive which runs along the beach is filled mostly with restaurants and tourist type shops.  You can pick-up fish n’ chips at Moby Dicks to enjoy on the beach or finish your beach day on one of the restaurant patios while you watch the sun setting over the ocean to the west.

There is a 3km promenade the spans the entire beach line from east beach to west beach, with picnic tables and benches along the way. On west beach is the infamous pier you can add to your beautiful walk. Just west of the pier is the big “white” rock which is also iconic of the town. If you’re planning a stroll down the pier you must stop in at Dolce gelato, directly across the street, for some authentic Italian gelato (bring cash as they are cash only).

When the tide is out the soft sand is uncovered and on east beach there are tidal pools all around, making it family friendly for all ages. There is no shortage of activities going on, on any given day you’ll see people fishing or crabbing off the pier, kite surfers, paddle boarders, kayaks, kids building sandcastles or looking for crabs or little fish, and kids as well as adults skim boarding in the tidal pools.

One of our favourite fall activities, once the weather has turned and we aren’t at the beach everyday, is to go for what we call an “urban” hike on Johnston Street in White Rock’s uptown. Johnston Street is on a hill so it’s a good walk, but we love to stop in at all the thrift shops and find some treasures. And while you’re there stop in at Islands Cafe for a little taste of Hawaii.

If you’re visiting for more than a day you could also venture over to Crescent Beach, in South Surrey. Located less than 15 minutes from White Rock you can find out more about it here.

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