Embrace all the colder seasons have to offer in one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular places, for locals and tourists alike.
When most people think of spending time in White Rock, it’s during the summer time—with its pristine beaches and the best ice cream around.
But the fall and winter months have just as much to offer and the city is definitely worth exploring all seasons of the year.
Here’s our picks for the top things to do in White Rock before 2020.
Taste White Rock
Similar to Dine Out Vancouver, White Rock has it’s own annual restaurant festival. From November 1st to 17th, foodies are invited to experience special menus White Rock’s restaurants, cafes and breweries. This year’s lineup includes everything from Mexican and Greek restaurants to Subs and Seafood.
Enjoy a Live Show
If you haven’t checked them out, now is the time. Blue Frog Studios is a live broadcast and recording theatre. They offer a live web streaming concert series unlike anything else. Guests can be part of the studio audience and get an up-close and personal experience that you can’t get at traditional concerts. The venue fits 100 concert-goers and has all the latest video and audio recording technology—so you know they’re going to put on an incredible show.
Take a Crisp Stroll Along The Pier
If you don’t go for a walk along the iconic pier, did you even really go to White Rock? Crisp and cool days are a good excuse to get in a nice walk and watch the waves crashing up against the shore. Bring your friends and watch the sunset or go for a romantic night time walk after a delicious meal at one of the many nearby eateries. Charlie Don’t Surf is a hot spot to grab a bite—and it’s close to all the action.
Stay On The Strip
Staycations are always a good idea when you live in Metro Vancouver. You really can’t go wrong with a mini getaway in White Rock—especially if you stay right on the strip. Nothing compares to falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean and waking up to unsurpassed views of the region. The Ocean Promenade is a notable award-winning seaside resort overlooking the ocean, as well as the Gulf and San Juan Islands.
Get Pints With Your Best Friends
When the rainy weather gets you down—head over to one of White Rock’s best breweries. They will definitely help you stay nice and warm. White Rock Beach Beer and 3 Dogs Brewing are just a couple hot spots serving up some of the region’s best craft beers on tap. You may never want to leave.
Sign-Up For The Cold Plunge
If you thought English Bay was the only body of water that locals like to storm every January 1st, think again. White Rock has its own traditional Polar Bear Plunge to mark the New Year. Despite the event being cancelled in 2019 due to storm damage, it’s expected to return for the first day of 2020.
Window Shop The Day Away
Whether you’re looking to do some holiday shopping or spoil yourself—the strip has a variety of boutique shops offering unique gift ideas you just won’t find anywhere else. They have it all—from clothing and skin care to home decor items. The Handpicked Home is always busy, with its endless array of decor, soaps and candles. You’ll also be able to nab some one-of-a-kind gifts and accessories at The Mason Jar.
For more things to do in and around Metro Vancouver, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.
Your next scenic escape is closer than you think. With easy access to White Rock beach and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ocean Promenade Hotel is the perfect scenic seaside retreat for your future getaway.
Featured photo courtesy of Explore White Rock