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Vancouver Icons: White Rock Pier

July 30th, 2012 @ 10:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Growing up in Surrey, our beach options were abundant. We could head to one of Vancouver’s beaches, a Stanley Park beach, a lake beach at White Pine or Buntzen, Belcarra, or stay closer to home at Crescent Beach or White Rock. Crescent Beach or White Rock often won out. Strolls along the promenade, fish and chips, ice cream, sandcastles, and observing crabbers dipping their cages off the far end of the pier.

White Rock Pier
Photo credit: Chris Murray Photo on Flickr

Built with Federal Funds in 1914 at 628 feet long, the White Rock Pier officially re-opened on this day in 1915 after 983 feet were added.1 It’s one of the area’s most-photographed landmarks and it’s today’s Metro Vancouver Icon.

[5/365] A peaceful walkway...
Photo credit: ng.kelven on Flickr

White Rock Pier Crescent Beach Pier
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram & causticchick on Flickr

White Rock BC 32 Walk in the wind
Photo credit: derekp & Hub☺ on Flickr

HDR of the White Rock Pier
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

White Rock Pier White Rock Beach
Photo credit: kardboad604 & Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

White Rock at Sunset
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

3D3X4766 White Rock
Photo credit: GenoDM on Flickr

Reflections
Photo credit: GlacierTim on Flickr

White Rock Beach during Blue Hour
Photo credit: Vick Sahota on Flickr

“Its primary function was, then as it is now, to serve as a tourist facility for pleasure boats, for a promenade, and for fishing and swimming. Since its construction it has acted as the focus for White Rock’s summer tourist activities.”2

White Rock Pier under a beautiful sunset
Photo credit: GlacierTim on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: The Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

1 Chuck Davis’ Vancouver History
2 Surrey History

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2 comments

  1. Sheila says:

    One of the best places to live, we are proud to share it with the world!

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