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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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White Rock Beach
White Rock Beach

White Rock is a small community in Vancouver's southern suburbs surrounded on three sides by Surrey. Boundary Bay makes up the fourth side. It is named for the 400 ton white rock that sits on the beach in the town center. The rock was named for the large quantity of bird guano that covered it, but today is kept white by regular coats of white paint. The town center is at sea level, while the rest of the town is perched on a bench several hundred feet above.

Get in

White Rock is just off of Highway 99, about 45 minutes south of downtown Vancouver by car. If you're in Surrey, take 152 St south.

White Rock is part of the Translink regional transit system. A couple of buses provide links to other municipalities in the region and the Skytrain.

  • Bus #321 provides service from the Surrey Central Expo Line Skytrain station in Surrey.
  • Bus #351 provides express service from the Bridgeport Canada Line station in Richmond.

Transit fares to White Rock from Vancouver are $5 on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends and evenings after 6:30PM. Fares from elsewhere in the Vancouver region will vary between $2.50-$5.

Get around

The city of White Rock itself is considered to be walkable. However South Surrey (often refered to as White Rock) is quite large and will require a car to get to some areas. Translink [1] operates bus service for all of Greater Vancouver. In White Rock and South Surrey most local buses are community shuttles. Most tourist areas of South Surrey are accessable by Translink.

Parking

Most of White Rock is pay parking. The cost fluctuates but it is most expensive off Marine Drive by the beach. The new pay-by-space system makes buying or adding time simple. Just enter your space number on any nearby dispenser, pay, take your receipt and walk away. There's no need to return to your vehicle or place your ticket on your vehicle's dash. If you want to add time later, just enter your stall number (printed on your receipt) at any one of 36 dispensers along the beach and choose your payment method. You can even pay by cell phone. (Requires registration with Verrus Mobile Technologies Inc. You'll need to use a credit card the first time you call. Nominal user fees apply.) Learn more at www.city.whiterock.bc.ca.

  • White Rock Museum and Archives [2], 14970 Marine Drive, +1 604 541-2222.
White Rock Pier
White Rock Pier

The Beach

White Rock has the largest and one of the most popular beaches in the Lower Mainland, located on the southern edge of the city alongside Marine Drive. The long sandy beach is perfect for everything from picnics to a game of frisbee. When the tide goes out there are many tidal pools that are left exposed and is a great place to see marine life up close. British Columbia's south coast is sheltered by Vancouver Island, because of this the water temperatures are relatively warm.

The Pier

White Rock is famous for its large White Rock and its pier that juts out over 500 meters from the shore. Its a popular place for a walk. During the summer some locals jump off the end of the pier, although this practice is discouraged and diving can be dangerous.

Crescent Beach

White Rock's "alternate beach" area on the northwestern tip of the municipality is much cozier and quieter, with only a small handful of nearby establishments and restaurants, and radiates a small-town feel. Paddling and windsurfing activities are common in the summer. Follow Crescent Road off the King George Highway.

Eat

Marine Drive (the street right across from the beach) is packed with restaurants, from standards like fish and chips to exotic ethnic restaurants.

On the beach

Here are a few of the many eateries in White Rock. All of them are on Marine Drive.

  • Slainte By the Pier
  • Washington Ave. Grill
  • Sheesh Mahal Restaurant
  • Moby Dick's Fish and Chips
  • Uli's
  • The Pier
  • DOCK'S Fish & Chips
  • Caribbean Breeze
  • The Boathouse
  • Charlie Don't Surf
  • Ceilo's
  • Fronds Bistro
  • Iguana's Restaurant
  • Little India
  • Dolce Gelato
  • Leela Thai, 1310 Johnston Rd, 604 541-9631, [3]. Lunch: M-F noon-2:30PM, Dinner: daily 5PM-10PM. A variety of chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian Thai dishes. $10-15 per dish.  edit
  • Hoy Tao Kok Szechuan, 15246 Russell Ave, 604 531-6671.  edit
  • Shin Ji Ru, 15171 Russell Ave, 604 531-9657. Japanese restaurant with the usual sushi, sashimi, tempura, udon, etc. dishes. Reviewers indicate the meals are good value.  edit
  • Joey's Only Seafood Restaurant, 1724 152nd St, 604 535-6862‎.  edit

Drink

Due to White Rock's location just minutes from the Canada/USA border, it is a common place for Americans (especially those under 21) to drink.

  • Ocean Beach Club and Grill [4], 14995 Marine Drive.
  • Ocean Beach Hotel, 14995 Marine Drive. There is a night club and restaurant below.
  • Pacfic Inn (Pink Palace), 1160 King George Highway, 1-800-667-2248 (toll-free) or +1 604 535-1432, [5]. The largest hotel in White Rock with a mix of standard guestrooms and suites. The hotel has a tropical theme and includes a health club, indoor pool and whirlpool spa. Guestroom: $120-160, Suite: $250-260.  edit

Get out

Richmond, with its historic fishing village and Buddhist temple, is 20-30 minutes north on Highway 99. Going south on Hwy 99 will bring you to the U.S. border, with Seattle being a couple of hours south.

The Fraser Valley, with gardens, outdoor recreation and wineries is to the east.

Routes through White Rock
VancouverSurrey  N noframe S  → US border (becomes ) → BlaineSeattle
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