Positioned on Semiahmoo Bay, White Rock is a lively city with a thriving waterfront dining and shopping strip, along with locally-focused museums and an iconic pier. White Rock is part of Metro Vancouver, offering convenient access to world-renowned attractions, peaceful parks and wildlife spotting opportunities.
Things to do in White Rock
Base yourself around Marine Drive, White Rock’s main dining and shopping hub where you can enjoy cocktails on an outdoor patio at Oceanside Public House, purchase sweet treats from Crazy Cows Ice Cream and dine on fresh seafood at Charlie Don't Surf. Stroll down the circa-1914 White Rock Pier for uninterrupted Semiahmoo Bay views. It also hosts live music concerts during summer.
Discover more about the city’s history at the White Rock Museum and Archives, which boasts historic documents and old artefacts from the city’s past. Don’t forget to check out the on-site shop for locally-made artisan goods. Afterwards, take a break in Centennial Park, where a butterfly park and playground sit alongside tennis courts and a soccer field.
The adjoining Ruth Johnson Park is another great spot for nature walks, thanks to its hiking trails and elevated bay vistas. Want to spot some local wildlife? Head over to Boundary Bay, an important migrating destination for a variety of birds.
Retail therapy comes naturally at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, which features high-quality fashion retailers, including Suzanne's & Jenny's and Anna Kristina Boutique. You can also enjoy some local entertainment at the nearby Coast Capital Playhouse, which hosts community plays and musicals. Pop into Wooden Spoon Co across the road beforehand for burgers in a rustic setting.
Getting around White Rock
White Rock is about 40 minutes’ drive from Vancouver, where you can fly into Vancouver International Airport. You can walk around the city’s waterfront or use buses, taxis or a car to cover longer distances.