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The Resort Town of White Rock

White Rock

White Rock is a pretty seaside resort town located less than an hour from downtown Vancouver and close to the Peace Arch border crossing to the US.


The White Rock Festival of Lights takes place every day in the late afternoon and evening between December 7th, 2019, and January 5th, 2020. During the event 30,000 Christmas lights decorate the waterfront around the White Rock Museum and Memorial Plaza which makes the place especially pretty.

White Rock, BC

White Rock is a popular destination in the summer with its beautiful coastline, beaches, pier and array of trendy restaurants and cafes. If visiting White Rock, be sure to go for a walk along the waterfront and along the pier.

In White Rock there is a small museum, and lots of places to stop for lunch, including Moby Dick, which is White Rock’s most famous restaurant for fish and chips. Moby Dick serves great fried food, and the atmosphere and decor of the place make it so popular.

Moby Dick Fish and Chips Restaurant
Moby Dick Seafood Restaurant

Best Times to Visit White Rock

White Rock can be a nice place to visit any time of the year, but it’s a seaside resort so obviously the prime time is in the summer and on sunny days.

Walks along the water are wonderful any day that it’s not raining, but especially when the sun is out.  During July and August especially, the place can get packed.

Absolute best times to visit White Rock if you don’t mind the crowds are on sunny days in the summer (to enjoy the beautiful beach) or during a special event day, including the following:

  • White Rock Polar Bear Plunge – an annual polar bear swim on New Year’s Day each year.
  • Canada Day by the Bay – Canada Day celebrations at the waterfront on July 1st.
  • Tour de White Rock – a cycling race around the area in mid-July.
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a popular multi-day festival that can attract up to about 100,000 people over the BC Day Long Weekend at the beginning of August.
  • Concerts at the Pier – a series of free outdoor concerts in July and August.
  • Picnic on the Pier – a fundraising event for the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation where participants dine alfresco out on the White Rock Pier in August.
  • White Rock Buskers & Comedy Fest – live entertainment at various venues and in the streets of downtown White Rock in September.
  • White Rock Festival of Lights – a new event featuring Christmas lights and illuminations along the waterfront in the area of the White Rock Pier from early December until the beginning of January.
White Rock Sunday Market
White Rock Farmers Market

Another good time to visit White Rock is on Sundays when you can also check out the White Rock Farmers Market – a small weekly farmers market every Sunday (10 am to 2 pm) at Miramar Plaza at 15154 Russell Avenue between early May and late October.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTE:  The seawall and pier at White Rock are both wheelchair accessible and on flat terrain (although not all the shops and restaurants are along the main waterfront commercial road).

The Pier at White Rock

Other Interesting Places to Visit

White Rock is one of several little villages we recommend as some of Vancouver’s Best Places.

If you like White Rock, other similar places you might enjoy include Horseshoe Bay (terminal for BC Ferries), Fort Langley (a historic site), Steveston Village (a historic fishing village in Richmond) and Deep Cove (a picturesque village on the North Shore).

Beach at White Rock
White Rock in early spring