White Rock Beach is the waterfront area of the City of White Rock in the southwest corner of the lower mainland of British Columbia, bordering Washington State. The White Rock Beach district runs along Marine Drive and overlooks the warm, shallow waters of Semiahmoo Bay. The borders of this area are defined somewhat informally by approximately 8 km of sandy beach, with a 2.5 km waterfront promenade. The actual city of White Rock is 45 minutes from Vancouver, BC and minutes from the Canada/USA border. The city dates back to the turn of the 20th century (1900) and has a population of 18,250.
There are three main beaches areas in the South Surrey / White Rock area including:
The moderate climate makes it an ideal vacation and retirement spot, with average summer temperatures of 23ºC and average winter temperatures of 6ºC. First-time visitors to White Rock Beach are often shocked to see palm trees growing in front of businesses and private residences. The people in White Rock Beach live in an alternate world that defies the reality of living in a northern climate.
The area is shared by walkers and joggers of all ages, as well as various wildlife creatures, from gulls and other water birds to rabbits, marmots, seals, and bald eagles. The alternating tides, sunrises, and sunsets provide photographers and artists with fresh daily imagery.
White Rock Beach enjoys far more days of sunshine than the rest of the lower BC mainland. White Rock Beach is also known as "the hole in the sky" by pilots flying overhead who've remarked that while often the rest of the lower mainland is under cloud cover, the sky over White Rock is clear, sunny, and cloud free.
With the businesses and houses in the area built into the hillside overlooking the water, the White Rock Beach area is often referred to as the Riviera of the west coast (of Canada).
The beautiful sunrises overlooking Mount Baker in Washington State and sunsets overlooking the White Rock pier add to the diversity in imagery. As one long-time permanent resident remarked, "Each sunrise and sunset is different, and I never get tired of looking at them."
The large single white rock on the beach near the pier that gives the community its name is a unique attraction on its own, and comes with its own interesting folklore. Nineteenth-century sailors used this rock as a beacon. The sight of a single large white rock on a beach is a rare find, and when something is rare, it is often associated with luck. Some people even claim to have had luck on the lottery by rubbing their tickets on the 486-tonne boulder resting on the beach.
The famous White Rock pier is 1,500 feet long and a favourite tourist spot that often forms the backdrop for wedding photos. Local residents love to stroll along the promenade and out to the end of the pier. Walkers and joggers love to walk right to the end and slap the top railing before heading back to shore - all part of their daily exercise program. The trains that pass through the White Rock Beach area on the railroad tracks running along the promenade by the beach add a distinctive charm to the district. The annual New Year's Day polar bear swim helps add to the year-round excitement of being in White Rock Beach.
The White Rock Museum & Archives, located on Marine Drive just west of the White Rock pier, was once the old train station. It is a source of history for the White Rock Beach area. The museum's mandate is the preservation of local history based on the following four themes: Settlement History, Railway History, First Nations History, and Natural History.
The White Rock Business Improvement Association does great work promoting businesses along Marine Drive in the White Rock Beach area.
The local hospital home lotteries usually feature White Rock luxury homes.
The planners, architects, and engineers have made White Rock Beach a great place to live and visit with the gradated housing that layers the hillside. Almost everyone living or staying in White Rock Beach is given a great view as a result. The controlled speed limit of 30 km/h along Marine Drive in White Rock Beach slows down the traffic, making the area both safer and more inviting for sightseeing. White Rock Beach, as a result, is very pedestrian-friendly.
Parking, which runs along the south side of Marine Drive, is just seconds away from the beach and promenade. Shops and restaurants are located along the north side of Marine Drive as well as some side streets. Whatever cuisine tempts you can be found in White Rock Beach - from fish & chips, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Irish, and Greek to specialty coffee, tea, and ice cream.
The beachfront is constantly maintained to keep White Rock Beach a desirable tourist destination, as well as a beautiful and relaxing place to live and work. Early morning crews are often seen ensuring the White Rock promenade and Marine Drive are both in pristine condition.
With its moderate temperatures and additional sunshine, White Rock Beach is a great year-round tourist location, boosting the local economy of White Rock, BC. It's also a great place to live for the same reasons. The friendly people you meet on the promenade and the pier will usually give you a smile or strike up a conversation. Don't be surprised if someone asks you to take a picture of them on the White Rock Beaches pier.
With the sunrises, sunsets, tides, temperate weather, wildlife, people, restaurants, shopping, and promenade strolls, you will not get bored, as White Rock Beach is a fun place to live or visit.
White Rock Weather Forecast
White Rock, British Columbia has a mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The area within 40 km of this station is covered by forests (53%), oceans and seas (38%), and built-up areas (7%).
White Rock Temperature
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 1°C to 22°C and is rarely below -6°C or above 25°C.
White Rock Daily High and Low Temperatures
The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile). The warm season lasts from June 14 to September 16 with an average daily high temperature above 19°C. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 22°C and low of 14°C.
The cold season lasts from November 21 to February 17 with an average daily high temperature below 9°C. The coldest day of the year is December 13, with an average low of 1°C and high of 5°C.
White Rock Daily Hours of Daylight
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line), with various degrees of daylight, twilight, and night, indicated by the color bands. From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray): full daylight, solar twilight (Sun is visible but less than 6° from the horizon), civil twilight (Sun is not visible but is less than 6° below the horizon), nautical twilight (Sun is between 6° and 12° below the horizon), astronomical twilight (Sun is between 12° and 18° below the horizon), and full night.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:06am on June 17 and the latest sunset is at 9:20pm on June 23. The latest sunrise is at 8:06am on December 29 and the earliest sunset is at 4:13pm on December 10.
Daylight savings time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.
White Rock Humidity
The relative humidity typically ranges from 57% (mildly humid) to 96% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 41% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 28, at which time the relative humidity drops below 66% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around January 25, exceeding 94% (very humid) three days out of four.
White Rock Tides Forecast