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Local Community Profile: South Surrey - White Rock


The history of White Rock dates back to the Salish people and the Semiahmoo First Nation, who were initially contacted by the first European visitors in 1791. Legend has it that the chief of the Coast Salish people decided to move his community to the area after he threw a large, white rock across the Straight of Georgia from Vancouver Island, landing on the beach. Today, White Rock is primarily a suburban community within Metro Vancouver that is home to about 18 000 people. White Rock borders on South Surrey, a neighborhood of Surrey with a population just over 53 000. Approximately twenty percent of South Surrey’s population is over 60 years of age – the largest concentration of senior citizens in all of Surrey.

Community Resources and Recreation

The main recreational draw for White Rock is its waterfront promenade, which boasts beautiful views, charming shops and vibrant sea life. The White Rock Community Center, located on 15154 Russel Avenue, provides art rooms, various courses, a studio, a gallery as well as meeting places for special events, presentations and other activities. Other important community resources include the Centennial Park White Rock Center for Active Living and the Kent Street Activity Center, which also provide courses, activities and even a curling rink. White Rock has more than eighty acres of park space to enjoy, including an off-leash dog park
in Ruth Johnson Park. The Historic Stewart Farm, in Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey, is open to the public and showcases farm life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Local Access and Public Transportation

The majority of buses that serve White Rock travel across the White Rock Centre, which is the area’s primary transit hub. The sole exception is the 352 express, which leads to Bridgeport Station. Many people traveling to Vancouver from White Rock using public transit transfer onto the Canada Line from the Bridgeport Station in Richmond. Number 321, 394 and 345 buses lead to the North Surrey area, which is served by the King George and Surrey Central SkyTrain junctions. Citizens take the 531 bus to get to Willowbrook Mall in Langley and the 375 to connect to Guildford Town Center. Local shuttle buses that provide transit inside White Rock include the C53, C52, C51 and C50 routes. Drivers connect to the United States using Interstate 5 while Highway 99 connects White Rock to Vancouver. Johnston Road provides access to both the Trans-Canada Highway and to Guildford. The King George Highway connects the area to New Westminster and Surrey.

Education: Elementary Schools

There are a variety of schools that serve the South Surrey - White Rock area, but the elementary schools that are specifically located in White Rock addresses are the White Rock Elementary and Peach Arch Elementary Schools. However, there are six schools located close to White Rock, within the boundary of King George Boulevard, including the Star of the Sea School, White Rock Christian Academy, Jessie Lee Elementary, Laronde Elementary, Ocean Cliff Elementary and Crescent Park Elementary Schools. Secondary Schools around White Rock include Earl Marriott Secondary School, Semiahmoo Secondary, Elgin Park Secondary and the South Ridge School.

Income Demographics and Local Tax Rates

The median household income in White Rock is $62,960 per year, falling to $54,233 after taxes. The average household income is $86,824 per year, which adjusts to $69,606 after taxes are applied. This is well above the average for British Columbia as a whole, with the provincial household income median measuring $46,472 annually and the average household income listed as $67,675 per year, both figures after taxes. The overall property tax rate as of 2013 was 5.80971 percent, with 0.14861 percent diverted to the library system, 0.06521 percent going to fire protection services and 3.36973 used for general municipal services. The remainder of property tax, 2.22616 percent, mostly went to schools, public transit and the Metro Vancouver authority.

Annual Events and Festivals

One of the most significant annual events in White Rock is the Spirit of the Sea festival, which has been running since 1949. The festival takes place during summer and the 2013 event took place during the weekend of August 2nd to the 4th. The Spirit of the Sea features sports, games and entertainment, such as street hockey and soccer, live music, dancing, competitions, salmon barbecues, picnics, drum circles, dog bathing, car shows, torchlight parades, pyrotechnic displays, outdoor movies and activities for children. This festival includes a significant contribution from the Semiahmoo First Nation. Another significant event is the Tour de White Rock, a cycling race held every year in July. The race is significant enough that it was included in the Canadian Cycling Association's Road Race Series in 2005. The Tour de White Rock draws in excess of 150 cyclists, including athletes from Canada and around the world.

White Rock is a gorgeous community with a beautiful view of the Semiahmoo Bay. The community benefits from plentiful parks and a splendid promenade. The picturesque views have provided an excellent backdrop for television and movies from The Railrodder, which featured Buster Keaton, to The X-Files, starring David Duchovny, as well as the USA Network’s Psych and hit indie film Juno. The area is also home to a number of high-profile residents, including Stargate Atlantis actor Jewel Staite, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison, and Gabrielle Miller of Corner Gas. If you’re looking for a quiet community with history and charm, the
South Surrey – White Rock area is a prime choice.

Newest Listings in White Rock - South Surrey

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2853 Helc Place Unit 108, Surrey

HYDE PARK - Rarely available gorgeous end unit! Spacious 4 bed & 3.5 bath with huge yard and large deck. This modern, open concept townhouse features high end finishings ...

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15633 Mountain View Drive Unit 16, Surrey

IMPERIAL at Grandview Heights, Phase 1 & 2 are for sale with 4 and 5 bedroom units Between 1972 sqft - 2577 sq ft homes. Double Garage, Ducted Gas Furnace/AC system, 3.5 ...

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15633 Mountain View Drive Unit 21, Surrey

IMPERIAL at Grandview Heights, Phase 1 & 2 are for sale with 4 and 5 bedroom units Between 1972 sqft - 2577 sq ft homes. Double Garage, Ducted Gas Furnace/AC system, 3.5 ...

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  • Baths4.0
  • MLSR2233635
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty (Abbotsford)

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NOTE: This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy.

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