A Day at the Beach
White Rock, BC created by Kate Destler
Who knew that a classic day at the beach could be so close to home? White Rock offers a 2 mile-long promenade, an old wooden pier, multiple ice cream and beachcomber shops on each block and, when the tide is out, ample space for hunting crabs and building sandcastles. And don't forget the big boulder that gave the beach its name (probably pale gray originally, it looks like folks have begun painting it in order to make sure that it is sufficiently white)
Arrive in the late morning to see the beach at its largest-- run in and out of the tide, then find a grassy spot for a picnic lunch or check out either one of many fish-and-chip stands or more refined fare (Le Vol au Vent is a great French cafe, and was pretty tolerant of our 3 almost 4 year-old and infant when we went there for lunch). Then re-load up with sunscreen and go back to the beach in the afternoon, when the weather will be warmer though the tide starts to come in...
If you time the borders right (leaving on a Saturday morning during a long weekend for Canadians, we waited less than 10 minutes), you can make the trip from Bellingham in 40 minutes or under.
If you're lucky, you might even meet the city's most famous new resident, a marmot who made its way down from the mountains...
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