There is nothing like watching a west coast sunset than to admire it from White Rock’s oceanfront promenade while taking a nice stroll along the 1,500 ft. stretched-long pier that takes you into the waters of Semiahmoo Bay. White Rock is a city that is clustered by an 8 km sandy beach that attracts tourists from other parts of Metro Vancouver and United States. The city is famous for the large white rock that marks its place at the beach, which was once left behind some thousands of years ago when the glaciers receded. It is also well known for its mild and sunny weather as temperature is often two or three degrees higher than in nearby Vancouver. White Rock is bounded by 136 Street to the east, 16 Avenue to the south, Marine Drive to the north, and 160 Street to the west.
White Rock Real Estate
Real Estate in White Rock has transitioned from being a small cottage community to a suburban development with many multi million-dollar properties with breathtaking oceanfront views. The White Rock real estate boom in the mid-1990s attracted many young families and professionals to the area. There have been recent significant new developments to Uptown White Rock real estate with medium-rise condos becoming more popular in the neighborhood. White Rock is still the preferred retirement spot because of the moderate weather. Population has grown to 19,399 and residents enjoy the convenience of a five minute ride to the Canada/US border and 45 minutes drive to Downtown Vancouver. Peace Arch Hospital is still the major employer in the city and health facility for the region.
The City of White Rock was officially created by a special warrant from the Government of British Columbia on April 15, 1957. It was the result of residents feeling the isolation from the rest of Surrey where most of the development was being taken place at that time.
The traditional oral story of the big white rock landing on the beach is told as a legend that a young chief hurled the stone across the Strait of Georgia. The story goes that the young chief and his bride would move from Vancouver Island to wherever the rock landed to make a home together. Their descendants became the Semiahmoo First Nation.
Recreation and Parks
The city may be named after a white rock, but it’s commendably green with plenty of open spaces. It’s kid-friendly too, with lots of activities for the little ones. After you watch the sunset, enjoy a live music performance at a White Rock live music venue or absorb live theatre at the White Rock local theatre.
There are two elementary schools in White Rock, White Rock Elementary and Peace Arch Elementary School. There are four secondary schools located in the neighboring South Surrey that are available to the residents of White Rock.