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A 490-ton white rock first spotted by Spanish explorers has given its name to this beachside city. A 60-minute drive south from downtown Vancouver, close to the U.S./Canada border, White Rock is a tiny, hidden gem in Metro Vancouver. The 8-kilometre (5-mile) sandy beachfront on Semiahmoo Bay is its most popular summer attraction, with sand perfect for creating sandcastles!
Marine Drive, running parallel to the beach, is the main thoroughfare, where you'll have fun looking through the stores and galleries that showcase local artists. You’ll also find a museum in the former train station, and the famous pier where you can cast a line or crab trap with local fishermen. Naturally, seafood is the specialty of many restaurants and cafes in White Rock. Neighbouring Crescent Beach, in Surrey, is close by, and the two areas as very popular with families for day trips looking for a “beach resort feel.”
For more information, visit Tourism White Rock online, or call 604.536.4951.