Favorite thing: Many visitors to White Rock will spend a majority of their time along Marine Drive, the main road parallel to the beach. Like any true seaside town, it has a mixture of ice cream shops, souvenir stores, restaurant patios and houses sprinkled along one side and the beach, promenade, railroad tracks and pier on the other. There is plenty of pay parking, as well as public bathrooms along the way and a visitor centre with a ton of brochures. A perfect day in White Rock is having fish and chips on a patio and then slowly wandering up and down the beach, taking pictures along the way, resting on a log, strolling to the end of the 1500 ft pier and, of course, visiting the white rock.
White Rock is a small oceanside city on Semiahmoo Bay on the West Coast of Canada and they don’t have any income from industry or large commercial interests. Their entire tax base is 90% residential taxes and 10% commercial (business) taxes. When you’re on Marine Drive, you will notice pay parking lots all along the beach side. This is a main revenue source for the city of White Rock. It is very important for you to always pay for your parking and to put in more money if your time is running out. They are not lenient with people whose meters have expired. We were always topped up, but we were told by a few people that they will not even give you a five minute grace period, they will just give you a ticket right away.
Parking is only $2 per hour, with a maximum of 4 hours in a stall. The stalls are numbered, so remember your number, walk over to the meter, put in your stall number and pay with either cash or credit. Bring your ticket with you, and you can refill it on your cell phone or at any other meter if you are far away and realize it needs to be topped up.