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White Rock - Attractions and Places of Interest

peace archThe Peace Arch - Located on the Canada and U.S. Border The Peace Arch Provincial Park is unique in BC's system of provincial parks. Its location straddles the 49th parallel, with its planning and development done in conjunction with Washington State Parks. With its formality of beautiful lawns and gardens, this park is like no other. The Peace Arch, dedicated in 1921, was the first such structure in the world. It was built on the International Boundary between Canada and the United States to commemorate the lasting peace between the two countries. School children from the United States and Canada donated money for the purchase of the land surrounding the Peace Arch and in 1939 the Canadian portion of the Peace Arch Park was officially dedicated. The park provides opportunities for walking, indoor and outdoor picnicking and a playground for children.

museumWhite Rock Museum and Archives - Celebrating its 50th year White Rock Museum is a community association dedicated to preserving and promoting local history and culture. Our Museum is located in the historic White Rock Train Station building on the beach. Residents and visitors can learn about our history, and at the same time enjoy a walk along the promenade, pier, or visit one of the many shops and restaurants along Marine Drive. The Archives of the White Rock Museum is an exciting collection of unique documents and photographs representing over 100 years of White Rock and South Surrey history. The purpose of the Archives is to identify, acquire and preserve records of archival value to the City of White Rock and the community as a whole, and to make those records available to the public. The Archives acquires both public and private records with the understanding that they will be held in trust for future generations.

the white rockWhite Rock Pier and Promenade: The promenade and pier at White Rock attract many visitors from all over BC and North America, the most famous landmark being the actual white rock, a huge piece of white rock that is located at the beach and weighs in at 486.63 tons!. The centre of attraction however remains the historic pier. Vistitors can take trips such as whale watching from the adventure centre located at the end of the pier. Crescent Beach/Blackie Spit - For a little tranquility and quaint beach village atmosphere take a relaxing stroll down the graveled walkways of Crescent Beach. Go for a swim in the warm waters of the protected swimming area or build sandcastles on the sandy beach. blackie spitWander through the charming stores and enjoy the varied restaurants along the main strip. Next to the beach area is Blackies Spit, one of the best bird watching areas in Canada with almost 200 species of birds recorded over the different seasons. The sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and Eelgrass beds, is an important stop for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America. Fall migrants start arriving in late August and September, with spring migrants arriving in mid-March and gone by the end of May. The park is managed as a wildlife conservation area and habitat enhancement activities are ongoing throughout the park. The sand bars are a favourite resting place for Harbour Seals and their pups.

totemsWest Beach - A sunny day will bring thousands of visitors to stroll, crab fish, and dive from the pier, feed flocks of wheeling gulls on the promenade, listen to street musicians and view art outside the museum and enjoy ice cream cones in the eclectic atmosphere of Marine Drive. At low tide, children at play behind the ramparts of their castles echo the glory days of the Sandcastle contest when a quarter of a million people would come to admire the best sand sculptures in the world at work. The Gift - Two totem poles located at east beach commemorate the RCMP's 125th Anniversary and represent the bridging of the two cultures of the Semiahmoo First Nations and the RCMP.

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