The White Rock and South Surrey area is known for its amazing sunsets and close proximity to the water. So, unsurprisingly, we’re highlighting our favourite White Rock and South Surrey beach activities.
White Rock Beach
White Rock beach is the home to numerous restaurants, shops and seasonal events lining the ocean. A rise in the shoreline known as “The Hump”, divides this strip of sand into East and West Beach.
Often known as the quieter and more serene side, East Beach offers options for all tastes. This side of the beach is home to two totem poles, signifying the city’s long-standing relationship with the Semiahmoo First Nation. The totem poles are situated on the top of a lookout point framing a peaceful view. If you’re looking for something to get your heart pumping, there are several water activities to consider. Kiteboarding, skimboarding and kayak rentals are offered by Feral Boardsports.
However, East Beach does host occasional events both large and small. The most notable of these events include White Rock’s annual TD Concerts by the Pier. This line up of summer performances showcases phenomenal Canadian musical talent. With the Main Stage being located on East Beach, you can spend the day relaxing on the sand and close off your beach trip with a captivating concert.
On the other hand, West Beach is an alternative to the calm aura of its neighbouring beach. Live performances, craft markets and fairs are a staple in this bustling area. In addition, West beach is the home to White Rock’s iconic pier. Extending 470 m into the ocean, this wooden structure provides a view like no other. Dating back to 1914, the pier is one of the most photographed landmarks in the area.
The 2-kilometer long promenade ties East and West beach together, encouraging us to take in the whole beach. Offering you spectacular views of the ocean and direct access to White Rock’s best restaurants, the promenade is a great way to familiarize yourself with the entire beach. The City of White Rock has recently begun renovations to transform their iconic path. Check out our Waterfront Memorial Park story to learn about the newest addition to the walkway. White Rock beach has something for everyone to enjoy, from strolls along the waterfront to visits to White Rock’s top fish and chip or ice cream spots.
Crescent Beach is the place to go to enjoy the sun and embark on your typical beach activities. This ocean-side attraction contains two swimming areas monitored by lifeguards during the summer from 11 am – 7 pm, making it a great swimming option for the entire family. Looking to take your water activities to the next level? The Crescent Beach Paddle Shack rents paddle boards and kayaks to be used on their own or during one of their immersive tours. However, if you’re looking to spend your time on the beach to relax, this is still a great spot to enjoy the sun, build sand castles or have a picnic. Lastly, with Crescent Beach directly facing the west coast, it’s the prime location to watch the sunset.
Featuring trails and the occasional wildlife sighting, Blackie Spit is a great option for all nature lovers. This animal-friendly location hosts a year-round off-leash dog area and beach for your canine companion. Looking for more options on where to take your active pups? Be sure to check our Dog Days in South Surrey & White Rock story.
Furthermore, Blackie Spit is also known as one of the best bird watching locations in the province. This beach welcomes over 300 species of birds during their annual migration. Be sure to drop by during the Spring (mid-March through May) or Fall (late August – September) to catch these travelling birds. In addition to spotting these flying visitors, you can also catch the occasional harbour seal and its pups at the sandbars.