Beach Grove Motel

5921 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, V4L1C6, Canada
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Walking on water - only in Tsawwassen!Walking on water - only in Tsawwassen!

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Sunshine, Beaches, and BC Ferries

by Carmanah

Tsawwasseb, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49° 00' North, 123° 04' West
Population: 21,090 (2001 Census)
Incorporated: 1879

Tsawwassen (almost always pronounced "Ta-wossen" although supposed to be prounced "Sa-wossen") is a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. It's actually one of three communities in the District Municipality of Delta. Tsawwassen is located on a peninsula. It's the most south-western point in Greater Vancouver before you reach the waters of the Strait of Georgia, or the border of Washington state in the USA.

Due the the microclimate of Greater Vancouver (where it rains more the closer you are to the mountains), Tsawwassen, being the furthest spot away from the mountains, is often the sunniest place in the metropolitan area. When it's raining in Vancouver, it's often sunny in Tsawwassen. Not bad, considering it's only a 45 minute drive between the two!

There is no industry within Tsawwassen, although to the immediate north is agricultural. Otherwise, Tsawwassen is a predominantly residential neighbourhood. It tends to attract families and retirees more than young urban couples. As a result, it's a nice, peaceful place to visit, but not necessarily a hub of excitement!

While there are shopping centres and restaurants, these would be my main reasons for visiting Tsawwassen:

BC Ferries

Tsawwassen is home to the largest BC Ferries terminal in Greater Vancouver. If you're going to be taking a ferry over to Vancouver Island (Victoria or Nanaimo) or to the Gulf Islands, you'll be going to Tsawwassen to catch that ferry.

Point Roberts

Located directly south of Tsawwassen is the town of Point Roberts. Now, Point Roberts has a bizarre situation because it's actually in the United States! Point Roberts is located on the very tip of the peninsula where Tsawwassen is located on, except the tip dips down across the border into the USA. As a result, Point Roberts is technically a part of the USA, but it's cut off from the rest of the country by water! There's no other way to enter Point Roberts without entering Tsawwassen first. If American citizens living in Point Roberts want to leave their town, they always have to enter Canada first before driving to the Peace Arch border crossing a 20 minute drive east. To say the least, a lot of homes at Point Roberts are owned by Canadians, or Americans working in Vancouver.

Centennial Beach

Tsawwassen's eastern side of the peninsula is located on Boundary Bay - a beautiful shallow bay which has some of the warmes and cleanest waters in all of Greater Vancouver. Not to mention, when the tide goes out, it goes waaaay out! At low tide, the beach extends for miles that it can easily take one full hour to walk from the shore to the edge of the water. As well, the beach is entirely sandy, quite unlike the barnacle-covered rocky beaches in Vancouver.

Centennial Beach is a part of Boundary Bay Regional Park, and in my opinion, the jewel of Tsawwassen. It's not a meat-market beach like Kits Beach in Vancouver, but more of a family recreational beach. There are many picnic and BBQ sites. There's Pajo's Fish & Chips for take-out food. There are bathroom and change room facilities, a playground, a baseball diamond, volleyball nets, and a beautiful panoramic setting.

At low tide, as I mentioned, you can walk out along the beach for miles. The beach at low tide consists of flat sandbars and shallow water channels. Inside these clear water channels are harmless jellyfish, scallops, crabs, flounders, sand dollars, and millions of tiny conic snails. It's a beautiful beach for admiring aquatic wildlife.

At high tide, Centennial Beach makes the perfect spot for swimming. Because the water is so shallow, you can walk quite a far distance from the shore, and the water will only by up to your waist. There isn't much of a current and there aren't really any waves. As a result, it's a popular place for children to swim.

What's also great about Centennial Beach are the trails heading north-west away from the beach. This takes you through some beautiful wetlands, home to many species of birds. All in all, if you want a relaxing beach afternoon trip out of Vancouver, Centennial is my recommendation!

Tsawwassen - a great town to live and retire in

by PeterVancouver

"Tsawwassen native Indian for "Facing the sea""

The claims to fame for Tsawwassen are that it is the main ferry terminal from the Mainland to Vancouver Island and Victoria, and also that at the end of the main street, is Point Roberts a small part of the USA where a good number of Canadians have purchased homes and where shopping, especially for petrol is cheaper than in Canada. Its main attraction to most of us, is that Tsawwassen is on a jet stream which ensures we have far more sun and blue sky, and far less rain than most of the areas in, and around Greater Vancouver. This enables all sorts of semi tropical plants to thrive, especially Palm trees which now adorn 56 St, the main thoroughfare, and plus guava, banana, grape vine,apricot all of which which survive in local gardens through the winter without being under glass.
Two hours drive north of Tsawwassen, on the sea to sky highway, is the village of Whistler which with Vancouver, is to be the home of the 2010 winter olympics.

Tsawwassen - A Ferry Terminal & Not Much Else!

by Jetgirly

There isn't much to see or do in Tsawassen, a suburb far from cental Vancouver. If you're planning a trip to Vancouver, don't stay in Tsawassen as nothing is nearby! It takes about thirty minutes to drive into downtown from the ferry terminal, longer if traffic is heavy.

Centennial Beach

by Carmanah

Centennial Beach is a beautiful area located on the west bank of Boundary Bay. It's quite possibly my favourite beach in the Lower Mainland. The beach is located in the southern suburb of Tsawwassen, about a 40 minute drive south of Vancouver. Why is it so great? The water's crystal clear and clean to swim in (hardly ANY pollution). The water is very warm (in the summer of course) which makes for a pleasant swim. There's a lot of wildlife in the water (from harmless jellyfish to scallops, flounders, snails, clams, barnacles, and crabs). When the tide goes out, it goes WAAAAY out. You can walk out on the sand for MILES!

Saying that, here I am (in the red shirt) with my sister in July 2001 out on sand at low tide. To give you an idea of how far away it is from Vancouver... see those mountains in the background? Vancouver's virtually located at the foot of those mountains. Don't worry - as I said, it's about a 40 minute drive from downtown. A lot of people commute to work from Tsawwassen to Vancouver each day - it's a very easy drive.

Now if you look to the left of the picture, you can see some greenish hills? That's the "shore" - where the water comes up to during high tide. I told you that you could walk out on the sand for miles during low tide!. ;)

ps. I'm holding a sanddollar in my hand in this picture!

My sister and I standing like geeks infront of Centennial Beach's little lagoon. The entire lagoon is covered with lily pads. You'll always see ducks swimming there, including the occasional 8 year old who thinks it's fun to go wallowing in the mucky pond.

Here's the view of Mount Baker (in Washington State) from the shore of Centennial Beach.

I took this picture of the homes along Centennial Beach. It must be a great area to live. Of course, it must also be noisy with kids constantly playing in the nearby sand.

Then again, the kids can go to the playground or they can play beach volleyball. ;)

This is a view of one of the tidal pools at Centennial Beach. The water level was about 1 foot high and was very warm. You can get an idea of how clear it is too. Can you spot the snails and the one little fish?

And another shot of the tidal pool. If you look carefully, you can see a living sanddollar camouflaging into the sand.

This is what Centennial Beach looks like when the tide is up. The photo was taken back in 1997 - it's me (on the right) and my sister. As you can see, it looks completely different. The water is relatively shallow - you can walk out forever, and water will still be below your head. Also because of the shallow depth, the water also stays nice and warm in the summer - warmer than anywhere else in the Lower Mainland!


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