The Crescent Beach/Ocean Park neighbourhood runs along a beautiful stretch of rocky, and largely deserted beach, between White Rock and the mouth of the Nicomeckl River. It is a small, yet eclectic ocean-front community, with many original heritage still-standing cottages that have been reimagined through renovations.
If your wish-list includes large wooded lots, which have preserved the natural beauty of the area, and ocean front properties with private trails to the beach, look no further than Crescent Beach/Ocean Park for your dream home!
In pre-colonial times, Crescent Beach was the location of a temporary summer camp for aboriginals. The area was part of the Snokomish territory until a smallpox epidemic in 1850 forced the survivors, and their lands, to be amalgamated into the Semiahmoo First Nation.
While the tidal mudflats provided a good clam digging area, Coast Salish tribes used the bluffs in Ocean Park as a place for spiritual renewal. They aptly named the area “Kwomais" — a place of vision.
The Crescent Beach Development Company promoted Crescent Beach as a resort area in 1912. The very same year, the 21-room Crescent Beach Hotel opened and was said to have been constructed mostly of lumber from the beach.
Ocean Park’s first post office, which opened in 1921, was featured on the television show Ripley's Believe It or Not! It has the honour of being known as the world's smallest post office, measuring in at 6 feet-by-6-feet.
CRESCENT BEACH/OCEAN PARK:
CHARMING SEASIDE VILLAGES
The attractive, laid-back village of Crescent Beach is home to a number small shops, ice cream parlours and bistros along the waterfront, while the nearby shopping district of Ocean Park features family-run businesses such as a toy store, a flower shop, and a deli.
Crescent Beach/Ocean Park’s high bluffs offer spectacular views of the Pacific ocean and the Gulf Islands, while nature trails through tall cedars lead down to the rocky beaches.
The community includes a diverse range of residents, ranging from wealthy families living on large estates, to artists and writers living in the seaside village.
SCHOOLS IN & AROUND
CRESCENT BEACH/OCEAN PARK
GETTING TO, FROM & AROUND
CRESCENT BEACH/OCEAN PARK
Whether you drive your car or plan to take transit to school and shopping, Crescent Beach/Ocean Park is an easy place to get to and from. Public transportation via Translink’s South Surrey & White Rock Buses makes it easy to travel to schools and shopping centres, while commuter buses provide easy access for those working in Richmond or Vancouver.
Students who are residents of the cities of Surrey or White Rock, and who meet the criteria, will be considered eligible for regular School Bus Transportation to and from the school which has been designated by the Superintendent of Schools to serve their residence.
If driving is your transportation of choice, you’ll find Crescent Beach/Ocean Park is accessible by Highways 99 and 91 from the Greater Vancouver area, and Highway 10 via King George Boulevard from the Fraser Valley. You can then easily access Crescent Beach/Ocean Park using the King George Boulevard/Exit 10 off Highway 99, turning right onto either Elgin Road or Crescent Road.
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CRESCENT BEACH/OCEAN PARK
& THINGS TO DO
As one of the most popular beaches in the lower mainland, Crescent Beach has a long promenade and sandy beach, giving beach-goers a place to walk, swim, sunbathe and take part in water-sports. When you’re done taking in the sights and sounds of the day, wind down with a stunning sunset view from the waterfront pier, then stroll home alongside unique cottages and homes lining the walkway.
Nearby Crescent Rock Beach is a nudist beach on a secluded area of the coastline, attracting naturists from all across the region. The section has a long history of naturist use dating back to the 1950s, when the Sunny Trails Nudist Club first opened in Surrey.
While the famous Grouse Grind may be all the way in North Vancouver, South Surrey has a similar attraction to please enthusiasts. 1001 Steps is a zig-zagging series of stairs with ocean views, leading down to a cobble beach. Trail users should have a good fitness level, and younger children may not be able to make it all the way up the steps without assistance.
And if you’re really keen on nature and the outdoors, Blackie Spit is calling out to you! This wildlife conservation area and park on Mud Bay is right next to the mouth of the Nicomekl River. It’s a sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and eelgrass beds, and is divided between off-limit environmentally sensitive areas and trails for public access. Blackie Spit is also part of the Pacific Flyway – a stop-over for millions of migrating birds each year and one of the best bird-watching areas in Canada.
Camp Alexandra and Beecher Place was founded in 1918 as a summer camp for children from the Alexandra Orphanage in Vancouver. Alexandra Neighbourhood House at Camp Alexandra now provides social and recreational programs, services, community events and childcare at two different sites.
Fun for the whole family? No problem! The Beach House Theatre Society presents summertime, open-air theatre near the beach at Blackie Spit. The August event brings community and youth together to provide a creative arts experience for audiences of all ages. Later in the year, take everyone to the White Rock & South Surrey Skating Club. As a non-profit community organization, the club offers instruction in a variety of skating disciplines, ranging from recreational learn-to-skate programs, to hockey, ringette, and competitive figure skating.
And if somewhere within all of that activity you’re looking for a place to hold a dance, family event or wedding, then check out the heritage building that is Kwomais Lodge & Sanford Hall. It also offers community programs in its historic building environment.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Be sure to check out Kwomais Point Park – a forested park with a platform that provides spectacular views of the ocean, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Or go for a walk through the flowers at Dunsmuir Community Gardens! They are located on the east side of Blackie Spit Park on the site of the historic Dunsmuir Farm.
If you’ve got something romantic in mind, watch the sunset from Crescent Beach’s pier, originally built in 1921 by the Crescent Beach Development Company. 1921 was considered a boom year for the area, and a boat house and the Crescent Hotel were constructed to compliment the pier.
And we should definitely mention the Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance! For car lovers and collectors, this annual collector automobile and motorcycle event held on the lawns at Blackie Spit is one to mark down for every Labour Day weekend.
Finally, take in the Annual Alexandra Festival, a long-standing community tradition that has been running for over 40 years. The festival is held at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in May, and includes multicultural performances, an art show, and many kids activities such as face painting, bouncy castles and crafts.
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