White Rock: A Sunny, Seaside Community
White Rock is a pristine beachside city located on the northern part of the Canada-USA border and just south of Surrey. The city was named after a unique, gigantic, white boulder on a beach near its promenade, a sort of glacial erratic which migrated to the southern direction in the time of the last glaciations. The huge granite boulder was turned white by the shellfish eating birds whose guano colored the rock, a little too much that in the 19th century, sailors utilized it as one of their beacons. But today, the rock is colored white by the government and is a famous graffiti target for more than three decades.
There is no doubt about it—White Rock features a carefree whimsy that only emanates from seaside communities. And because of its close proximity to Vancouver, there is artsy sophistication in White Rock that puts swimming, white beaches, festivals, fine dining and cultural fun at its best.
Because of its unique location, White Rock is one of the brightest and sunniest places in the Greater Vancouver area with the lowest rainfall in Lower Mainland. With all the sunshine coming in every year, it isn’t surprising that the city is popular for its eight kilometer shoreline. Along the promenade, locals and guests can check out many of the city’s boutiques, watch the annual sandcastle competition, or enjoy the live entertainment. Because of its panoramic seashore views, the real estate market tends to be pricey compared to its surrounding neighborhoods like North Surrey. Home prices start from $300,000 for an apartment unit and over $1,000,000 for waterfront estates. The average price for homes in the city is $950,000.
Shopping & Entertainment
The biggest shopping center in the city is the Ocean Park Shopping Center with video stores, clothing shops, vet clinics and many more. The Semiamhoo Shopping Center is also a popular shopping destination. Along its shoreline lies the historic rock from which the city derived its name from. Marine Drive is a haven for patio restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops. White Rock is also the home of Softball City, a themed sports complex featuring a sports grill and batting cages.
The transportation system in this city is generally based on automobile. The city is linked with Vancouver up north and the United States Interstate 5 through Highway 99. The King George Highway connects Douglas border to New Westminster and Surrey. Many of the city’s bus routes run around White Rock Center transit exchange. And from here, the 351 &354 buses end at Bridgeport Station. Te 352 Ocean Park bus currently services places within the neighborhood. Community bus routes also run along the local neighborhoods within South Surrey and White Rock. The city has no train service but this rail line is a corridor for goods being transported from the ports of Canada and continental America.
Public schools in the area are managed by the School District 36—Surrey. Among the elementary schools in the city are Peach Arch Elementary and White Rock Elementary School.