White Rock Travel Guide

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  • The pier from the beach
    The pier from the beach
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  • THE white rock
    THE white rock
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White Rock Things to Do

  • Check out THE white rock!

    One of the legends of the 486 ton white rock on the beach is that it is the landing spot of a stone that was hurled across the Strait of Georgia by a young Indian chief. It was said that he and his bride moved there from Vancouver Island to make a home together. Another, less charming reason, is that it was covered in white bird poop. Either way,...

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  • White Rock Museum and Archives

    This small museum and archives is located in the old White Rock train station on Marine Drive, right on the beach, which gives it a very cool old atmosphere. It offers a peek at the history of the railroad in White Rock, as well as some really good information on the sea life, birds and nature of the area. I didn’t see the archives area, but the...

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  • Take a walk on the Promenade

    The Promenade is another main focal point of White Rock. Running directly parallel to the beach, it is a 7200 ft long walkway with benches and points of interest along the way, as well as public bathrooms. I personally think walking along the Promenade is a bit more romantic than a stroll on the pier, because the further you go in either direction...

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  • The Pier

    The pier is one of the things people think of when they think of White Rock. There are always people walking up and down the pier, some for a romantic hand-in-hand stroll, lovers young and old, some for their evening jog, some friends enjoying a laugh and families with little kids. I liked walking to the end and seeing the few boats docked, the...

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  • Canada Day Celebration

    All day / evening party! Complete with bellydancers and fireworks! This was our first time to White Rock, but it was awesome! Perfect timing, perfect weather, lots of fun!

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  • WHITE MOUNTAIN COFFEE & ICE CREAM

    Oh, it was great! Home made Ice-cream...Generally I love Ice-cream and that's my and Rob's weakness. So when we cam there I asked for the most chocolate ice-cream ever and they suggested to try Chocolate by the Death :) it was so good!

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  • Long walk promenade

    When you come there I would suggest to find parcking spot, which is not that easy...and have a walk along the beach...nothing can be better...

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  • Make sure you see that White Rock

    You don't have to walk right over to it to see the White Rock - with that brilliant white paint, you can see it quite well from the Pier. And of course, it is always great to frame it between yourself and a friend for the picture, so you know that you were there!

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  • Head down to the beach!

    White Rock beach is very nice, and it holds fond memories for me.. There's a bench I once sat at with a very old girlfriend looking out over the ocean, and it's always been a great memory to look back on..There's a very long pier that people walk along in the summer, usually with an ice-cream cone in hand.. young teens jump from the end, doing...

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White Rock Hotels

  • Ocean Promenade Hotel

    15611 MARINE DRIVE, White Rock, BC V4BIEI

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Breakaway Motel

    2160 King George Highway, White Rock, V4A 5A2, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Aston Pacific Resort & Conference Center

    1160 King George Highway, White Rock, British Columbia, V4A 4Z2, Canada

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

White Rock Restaurants

  • Food, Fish & Fun

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in White Rock the food is reasonably priced with massive portions and AMAZING taste. Perfectly greasy fish n' chips only steps away from the pacific ocean. the restaurant has a great feel, the decor goes great with the fishtastic theme and if you are in a rush you can grab food at the take out window. Perfect...

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  • Tasty food and good service

    Since we were only in White Rock for one night, and staying at a B&B, we were only able to dine in two restaurants while we were there. We chose Iguana’s on Marine Drive for dinner that night. We chose to sit on the patio (why wouldn’t you when you’re on the ocean?), and while it was cool and a bit windy outside, they had a heater overhead that...

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  • Charlie Don't Surf

    My husband and I stopped here for lunch when we arrived in town on a cool, windy Tuesday afternoon. Although there are dozens of restaurants to choose from on Marine Drive, we picked Charlie Don’t Surf because they had a special for halibut sandwiches with soup for $11. There were only a few other people in the restaurant, so the service was fairly...

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White Rock Nightlife

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    by duanestorey Written Apr 6, 2003

    If you walk along Crescent Beach, close to the pier, there's a little nightclub there called the Ocean Beach Hotel (the "OB" to the locals).. They have a nice patio, decent food, and a good atmosphere. If you're here in the afternoon, you can have nachos and a beer while looking out over the water.

    At night, the restaurant portions tames off, and the nightclub starts up. All the 20 something people come down and hit the dance floor pretty hard. If I'm in White Rock on a Friday or Saturday night, chances are we'll end up here..

    Dress Code: If you're there during the day, then it doesn't really matter. If you're like to check out the dance floor at night, I'd recommend nice jeans and no sneakers..

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White Rock Local Customs

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    by duanestorey Written Apr 6, 2003

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    As White Rock is a teen/20-something hang out in the summer, the local residences are really concerned about getting a good night sleep. So, there are local bylaws in effect regarding noise.. If you drive down the main strip with your windows down and your stereo blaring, don't be surprised if you get a hefty fine. The police just hang out on the strip and milk the noise cash-cow all day!

    Here's a picture of the strip (Crescent Beach road I believe) from my friend's patio. That's Mt. Baker in the background.

    The Strip
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White Rock Warnings and Dangers

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    by briantravelman Updated Jun 21, 2014

    As beautiful as it is, Peace Arch Park, was designed for people who are crossing the border. You can get out, and walk around, if you are waiting in line at the border, but it’s not a park where you can just drive to, and hang out. My cousin found that out the hard way.
    Here is what happened.

    My cousin, a Canadian resident, had a friend visiting him from South Korea. They were visiting White Rock, and he wanted to show her Peace Arch Park. He thought he could just drive up, show her, and turn around, without having to go through the check point. That wasn’t the case. He didn’t realize that once you drive up, you HAVE to cross the border. He was trapped, and had no choice, but to go through the check point. His friend didn’t have her passport with her, and they were detained. The guard frisked them, and went through all the pictures on his camera, to see where they had been. They eventually let my cousin go, and he was able to get back into Canada, using his driver’s license. His friend however, was detained. My cousin had to drive all the way back to his house, get her passport, and drive all the way back, so they would let her back into the country.
    He now has problems, every time he crosses the border.

    Peace Arch Park is NOT a tourist attraction, that you can visit whenever you want. It is a border crossing. I wouldn’t even risk visiting on foot. If you are not planning to cross the border, don‘t come here.

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White Rock Favorites

  • Marine Drive

    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...

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  • Make sure you pay for parking!

    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...

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