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Known for its small-city atmosphere and personality, White Rock is bordered on the south by the United States and the shores of Semiahmoo Bay, on the north, east and west by the District of Surrey.

The magnificent beach front, the large white rock (shown to the right) on the beach and the 1,500 ft. long pier are the most widely known landmarks of the City. The area boasts a warm, dry climate with more hours of sunshine than Vancouver. Its ideal for swimming and wind-surfing.

This community is located adjacent to the Douglas border crossing, one of the busiest in Canada. The main commercial area centres around 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, with a touch of California flavour, caters to the summer visitors enjoying the beaches, and offers gift shops, pubs and a myriad of specialty retail stores.

The arts have long been a focus of community life in White Rock, drawing visitors to theatrical performances, concerts and exhibitions. A number of parks provide White Rock with a variety of activities. Picnic facilities, nature trails and tennis courts all encourage outdoor pursuits.

Over the past five years the City has completed a number of segments of a total walkway system which includes small park areas, and completion of the waterfront promenade several kilometres in length provides a year-round amenity for both residents and visitors.

Along the waterfront are many unique tourist shops, and the more adadventuresome can catch live crab from the pier. Additional information may be obtained at the White Rock Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Centre.


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White Rock, British Columbia

The Pier at White Rock.




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The Pier

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The White Rock

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White Rock Yesterday

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