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  • White Rock is a city in British Columbia, Canada, that lies within the Metro Vancouver regional district. It borders Semiahmoo Bay and is surrounded on three sides by South Surrey. To the south lies the Semiahmoo First Nation, which is within the city limits of Surrey. Semiahmoo Bay and the Southern Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia are also to the south.

    The boundaries between White Rock and Surrey are Bergstrom Road (136 Street) to the west, North Bluff Road (16th Avenue) to the north, Stayte Road (160 Street) to the east, and 8th Avenue to the south. The area south of 8 Avenue from Stayte Road westward to where 8 Avenue meets the water is the Semiahmoo Indian Reserve and lies within the bounds of the City of Surrey (though it is governed separately). The Surrey neighbourhoods of Ocean Park and Crescent Beach lie immediately to the northwest.

    As of the 2011 census, the total population of White Rock was 19,339.

    White Rock has a moderate climate, with average daily high temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius in summer and 6 degrees Celsius in winter. Pilots accustomed to flying around the area often refer to it as 'the hole in the sky', referring to the fact that White Rock is often bright and sunny while the rest of the Lower Mainland is covered by cloud.

    White Rock is named for a distinctive large white boulder on its beach near the promenade, a glacial erratic that migrated south during the last glaciation. The 486-ton granite boulder was kept white by shellfish-eating seabirds whose guano covered the rock, so much so that 19th-century sailors used it as a beacon. However, it is now kept white through monthly applications of white paint by the city parks department, and has been a popular graffiti target for over thirty years.

    The pier and promenade are popular destinations, but do not allow dogs, bicycles or skateboards. These areas are very busy during the warmer summer months.


    Events in White Rock

    Every year in July, the city hosts the Tour de White Rock, a bicycle road race that attracts over 150 local and international riders. In 2005, the event was part of the Canadian Cycling Association's national Road Race Series.

    Every year during the first weekend of August, the Spirit of the Sea Festival is held on White Rock beach. It usually includes a parade, fireworks, music stages, a sandcastle competition, and various other beach-related activities. The festival began in 1949.


    Transportation in White Rock

    Transportation in White Rock is largely based on the automobile. Highway 99 is a freeway that links the White Rock area with Vancouver to the north and U.S. Interstate 5, via the Douglas border crossing, to the south. King George Highway (Highway 99A) links the Douglas border with Surrey and New Westminster. Johnston Road (152 Street) links White Rock to Guildford and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). Most of White Rock's bus routes run through the White Rock Centre transit exchange. From there, the 351 and 354 buses, which previously ran to downtown Vancouver, now terminate at Bridgeport station in Richmond; Vancouver-bound passengers have to transfer onto the Canada Line rapid transit line. Only one route serving the area, the 352 Ocean Park/Bridgeport Station express bus, does not run through White Rock Centre. The 321, 345, and 394 buses provide service to North Surrey, notably to Surrey Central and King George Skytrain stations, and the 375 service runs through White Rock Centre from just north of the Peace Arch border crossing to Guildford Town Centre.The new 531 bus runs from White Rock Centre to Willowbrook Mall in Langley. Community Shuttle routes, the C50, C51, C52, and C53, service local communities within White Rock and South Surrey.


    Climate Data for White Rock

    Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
    Average high
    C (F)
    6.8
    (44.2)
    8.8
    (47.8)
    11.2
    (52.2)
    13.8
    (56.8)
    16.7
    (62.1
    19.1
    (66.4)
    21.4
    (70.5)
    21.4
    (70.5)
    19.3
    (66.7)
    14.3
    (57.7)
    9.4
    (48.9)
    6.8
    (44.2)
    14.1
    (57.4)
    Average low
    C (F)
    1.4
    (34.5)
    2.4
    (36.3)
    3.9
    (39.0)
    6
    (43)
    8.7
    (47.7)
    11.2
    (52.2)
    12.8
    (55.0)
    12.8
    (55.0)
    10.3
    (50.5)
    7.1
    (44.8)
    3.8
    (38.8)
    1.6
    (34.9)
    6.8
    (44.2)
    Precipitation
    mm (in)
    144.3
    (5.681)
    107.1
    (4.217)
    96.1
    (3.783)
    75.2
    (2.961)
    66.5
    (2.618)
    55.8
    (2.197)
    40.4
    (1.591)
    43.1
    (1.697)
    51.1
    (2.012)
    103.1
    (4.059)
    165.8
    (6.528)
    153.5
    (6.043)
    1,102
    (43.39)

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rock,_British_Columbia


  • South Surrey is a neighborhood of Surrey, British Columbia. It borders on the city of White Rock, and at 10,535 seniors, South Surrey has the largest concentration of persons over the age of 60 of all Surrey's town centres. As of the 2001 census, the total population of South Surrey was 53,980.

    South Surrey comprises all of the Semiahmoo peninsula other than the small wedge of White Rock, and lies between Mud Bay to the northwest and Semiahmoo Bay to the south.

    South Surrey includes the neighbourhoods of Crescent Beach, Crescent Heights, Elgin, Chantrell Creek, Grandview Heights, Hazelmere, Johnson Heights, Morgan Creek, Ocean Park, and Sunnyside Park.

    South Surrey has a BCHL hockey team called the Surrey Eagles, who play at the local South Surrey Arena. Scott Gomez, playing for the Montreal Canadiens as of 2012, played for the Surrey Eagles in 1997.

    The four high schools serving this region are Semiahmoo Secondary School, Earl Marriott Secondary School, Elgin Park Secondary School, and Southridge School.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Surrey




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