Beaches & Swimming
Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)
Although White Rock's beach stretches for 8km/5mi.
The beach is divided into East Beach and West Beach for the sake of orientation, separated by a slight rise in the shoreline which locals refer to as The Hump.
Grand Chief Bernard Memorial Plaza at the edge of Lions Lookout Park on East Beach is one of the more picturesque access points. The Ka'Kan totem pole represents the Coast Salish spiritual belief of the Semiahmoo Aboriginal peoples, that raising a house post provides protection and love of the Creator. The adjacent Haida Gya Ana pole is a historical document of family heritage and status. The poles commemorate 125 years of RCMP service to the area.
White Rock's famous pier is on West Beach, where it's not unusual to see children diving from the lower-level docks, dangling a line for sculpin or flounder, or even dropping a trap for crabs that can be seen through the clear waters, scurrying across the sea floor.