Sandcastle competition at the Spirit of the Sea Festival
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White Rock

Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

White Rock's have-a-good-time ambiance and compact layout lends itself to many events and festivities.

It celebrates National Aboriginal Day each year with the Semiahmoo First Nation, stages a lively Sunday morning Farmers Market (May to mid October), puts on special concert series in its newly renovated 223-seat theatre and offers free horse and carriage rides around the Upper Town Centre at Halloween and Christmas time. There's also the wild and bone-chillingly cold Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day.

Semiahmoo First Nation Salmon Festival

Celebrating the abundance of traditional salmon runs, this two-day festival is held on the third weekend in September at Semiahmoo Park in East Beach. There's a ton of multi-cultural powwow fun to be had with stage entertainment, drumming, traditional dancing and, of course, a huge salmon barbeque. It's all free and no one is allowed to go hungry.

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