Get to Know South Surrey & White Rock

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South Surrey & White Rock

Where Surrey Meets White Rock

Being in such close proximity to one another, South Surrey and White Rock are often interchanged by visitors and residents alike. Both picturesque communities, South Surrey enjoys farmland on one side and the ocean on the other as it surrounds the small seaside enclave of White Rock.

Know Your Neighbours in South Surrey & White Rock

Depending on the neighbourhood, you can find older single-family neighbourhoods on spacious lots, oceanfront dream homes, new neighbourhoods with a mix of single and multi-family housing, as well as high density urban living in areas like Glenmore and Highland Park.

Dine in South Surrey / White Rock

Depending on your taste buds, there is every type of dining experience in the communities from Grandview Heights to the strip along White Rock’s Marine Drive – not to mention hidden gems in Crescent Beach and Ocean Park. Some of these new enterprises and old landmarks include:

Casual Dining – On White Rock’s Strip

  • Giraffe
  • Little India
  • La Baia Italian Restaurant Ltd.
  • Washington Avenue Grill

Casual Dining in South Surrey

  • Pho 777
  • Tap Restaurant
  • S + L Kitchen + Bar
  • The Cabin Restaurant
  • Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Fast Casual

  • The Wooden Spoon
  • Healthy Monkey Café
  • Sunflower Café
  • Moby Dick’s Famous Fish & Chips
  • Michael’s Artisan Bakery & Café

Coffee Cafes

  • Laura’s Coffee Corner
  • Whitby’s Coffee House
  • Crescent Coffee House
  • Clancy’s Tea Cosy

Public Houses

  • Ocean Park Village Pub
  • Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House (formerly, The Hemingway)
  • Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug
  • White Rock Beach Beer Company

Fun Stuff To See & Do in South Surrey & White Rock

There are plenty of cultural events to see and do in South Surrey and White Rock throughout the year. The community’s claim to fame is the annual summer Sea Festival and 1001 Steps. In name only, the steps don’t number in the thousand but rather provide easy access to Crescent Beach from 15A Ave, off 126A Street.

Semiahmoo Library and RCMP Facility have the largest and most biologically diverse outdoor green wall – the first of its kind in North America – with over 10,000 plants and 120 different species on the building’s exterior. There are also plenty of specialty stores which you won’t want to miss in South Surrey and White Rock, including:

Parks, Recreation & Culture in South Surrey & White Rock

From beautiful sandy beaches to redwood trees, South Surrey parks won’t disappoint not to mention Surrey’s newest and largest pool at the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. White Rock parks include over 80 acres of parkland to explore and enjoy in this sought-after seaside community.

As far as culture goes, you’ll find the Arts and Culture Community Groups are alive and active in White Rock. Tapping into the Semiahmoo Arts/What’s Happening Calendar, you won’t miss an upcoming event. And, be sure to check out the current performances and concerts White Rock Players’ Club and Blue Frog Studios.

Schools in South Surrey & White Rock

Surrey School District 36 is the largest district in BC and it’s still growing. South Surrey has a number of local private schools including its highly-ranked independent facility on 160th Street called Southridge School.

For information on the wide range of public education and support programs to students of all ages, visit You can easily locate the school in your catchment area using the School Locator. Simply type in your street name and find your child’s school.

Post-secondary educational institutions accessible to all in Surrey include:

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • KPU Tech Campus (Cloverdale)
  • Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus
  • Sprott Shaw College, Surrey Campus

Local Events in South Surrey & White Rock

For a complete listing of festivals, annual city events, and community-hosted events throughout Surrey, check out Discover Surrey’s Event Calendar and the City of Surrey. Community events in Our City by the Sea can be found by visiting the City of White Rock website and the White Rock Culture Hub.


TASTE White Rock


White Rock Farmer’s Market (May to October)



White Rock Sea Festival

Your Guide to the City of Surrey and White Rock Resources

Surrey is the third fastest-growing Canadian city with six main communities – South Surrey, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Guildford, Newton, and Whalley. Thanks to improvements to Highway 99 roundabouts and the 32 Avenue Diversion, South Surrey residents enjoy easy access to Richmond and Vancouver.

Read about White Rock’s policies on housing, green space, arts and culture, growth management, infrastructure, transportation, economic development, and the environment in its new Community Plan, Imagine White Rock 2045.

There are several apps specifically for Surrey and White Rock residents to stay informed and connected, like the Surrey Request to report a problem, Surrey RCMP app, Rethink Waste app, Dinesafe Surrey app, Surrey Libraries app, and COSMOS app. In White Rock, residents have White Rock recycles, White Rock WebReg, ReCollect for solid waste schedules and reminders, and WROMS. Other useful resources include:

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