White Rock Beach and Pier
White Rock, Canada
White Rock Beach and Pier Reviews
Oct 14, 2007
White Rock is a great place to hang out in the summer. With lots of shops to browse, ice cream and gelato parlors to sample, and restaurant patios to sit on, this is the place to be! The cool summer breeze off of the ocean in the summer leaves the sweet ocean scent on your skin. Enjoy your ice cream while you stroll down the boardwalk or the wooden pier to watch the local kids pulling up their crab traps. You can often find the local kids boogie boarding on the shallow waters left behind when the tide is out. There are picnic tables scattered along the boardwalk and lots of grassy areas to sit and have a picnic while you listen to the sound of the sea gulls and the soft waves. Take a walk down the main street from end to end and check out all the quaint shops and restaurants along the way. The Boathouse restaurant has a 3rd floor patio, so you can sit up high and take in the view of the beach. The menu is also a highlight! The local club, called Ocean Beach, is an evening hotspot for locals and out of towners alike. The best time to visit White Rock is definitely during the sunny summer months.
A little History I found on the web:
The Story of the White Rock
Sitting on the beach east of the pier, the legend is that this large, 486-ton, white rock tells of a romantic story between the son of a sea god and a Cowichan Indian Princess. One day, the Princess, who was the daughter of the tribal chief, was bathing. The handsome son of the sea god left his cavern and saw the Princess with whom he fell instantly in love. The young sea god then brought the girl to his father in order to receive a blessing for their union, but it was denied. The sea god's son and the Princess proceeded to the tribe, only to be refused by the Cowichan chief. Finally the young sea god said "We will make a new home for ourselves and begin our own tribe." He hurled a huge rock across the water to guide them to a place to start their lives. The result was a mighty tribe which was peace - loving and strong. They were called the Semiahmoo, which is the Indian word meaning half moon. To this day, the large, white rock remains on the White Rock Beach.
The wooden pier was built because saw local mills had been offered business from the Atlantic Seaboard once the Panama Canal was opened. Construction began in 1914. The finished pier was 628 feet in length, with a small boat landing at the outer end. The following year, a further 985 feet was added to the existing pier. In 1953, a breakwater was constructed to protect the pier and the boats harbored there. When the pier had finally deteriorated to an unsafe condition in 1976, the community formed a Save-the-Pier committee. In April 1982, the pier and White Rock were declared heritage sites. Credit: The Atlas of Canadian Communities.
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