Sandcastle competition at the Spirit of the Sea Festival
(Picture BC photo)

White Rock

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

The waterfront and railway have always been the focus of White Rock's history.

People gravitate to the promenade and pier, while staircase walks lead from Marine Drive up the hillside to some of White Rock's earliest neighborhoods. Watch for tiny Elm Street, one of the few streets still very much as it was 100 years ago. Continue west along Marine Drive, which leads to South Surrey's Historic Stewart Farm.

The White Rock

A wonderful mythology surrounds this rock: about a tall, handsome Sea God who ruled the Gulf of Georgia. He fell in love with the mortal daughter of a Cowichan chief and when both families refused to accept their marriage, he hurled a huge white rock over the water and declared they would make their home where it landed. Thus started the Semiahmoo Tribe – the Half Moon Tribe named for the bay.

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