The City of White Rock Information
The City of White Rock borders Semiahmoo Bay (named after Surrey’s Semiahmoo First Nations community) and borders South Surrey on the remaining three sides. The city is named after the unique large white boulders that sit on its beach. The city was established on April 15, 1957 – it was this day the provincial government issued a special warrant to create the current boundaries of White Rock. The population of the city sits at 19,952 residents as of 2016 with a 3.2% increase since 2011 according to White Rocks’ Census Data
White Rock, commonly referred to as a city by the sea is most notably known for its pier (longest in Canada) and promenade. The White Rock pier was originally built in 1914 to be used as a dock for steamships during the start of operations for the Great Northern Railway, which is directly connected to British Columbia by White Rock to Washington state. On December 20, 2018, the pier was severely damaged during a devastating wind storm. Fortunately, it has been renovated and reopened as of September 21, 2019 after millions in repair and it is said to be better than ever!
Other than White Rock’s beautiful beach and pier, the city also has many other amenities and benefits to offer as it is rapidly becoming an urban hub for people to comfortably retire or raise families:
- Relax on White Rock beach, stroll the promenade or walk the pier!
- White Rock offers several places to eat and drink. Explore popular local grocers, breweries, bars, brunch spots, cafés, bakeries, restaurants, fine dining and gelato shops. White Rock promises you’ll always be satisfied when it comes to food!
- Most of White Rock bus routes run through the White Rock Centretransit exchange connecting to the rest of the lower mainland either by bus routes or our rapid transit SkyTrain lines.
- Every year during the first weekend of August, the White Rock Sea Festival is held on the beach. It usually includes a parade, fireworks, music stages, a sandcastle competition, and various other beach-related activities. The festival originally began in 1949.
To get an idea of real estate price trends in White Rock, have a look at the most recent Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Statistics.