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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

W is for White Rock on "my" West coast


© Photos above by Kay Davies
Photo from Official White Rock Page, on the See Vancouver BC website,
by Maurice Jassak, showing "the white rock" on the right, and an Amtrak train passing
through White Rock on its way from Seattle, Washington, to Vancouver, BC.
On my recent trip "home" to White Rock, BC, where I lived and worked for many years, I had lunch with two friends from college days in a tea shop near the pier. Many things have changed but, because the town is separated from the ocean by the train tracks and the beach, some things never change.
It was a dull wintry afternoon and the tide was all the way in. Semiahmoo Bay (pronounced semi-a-moo) lay peaceful and pewter-colored to match the sky, and the only trains passing were freights.
However, passenger service was restored to the Burlington Northern tracks in time for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and this photo from the White Rock page of the seevancouverbc.com website shows an Amtrak train on its way from Seattle to Vancouver.
White Rock legend has it that a First Nations chief once stood on Vancouver Island, wanting to relocate his people to the mainland. He picked up a large white rock and threw it. It landed on the shore where it now stands. The Semiahmoo people followed it in their canoes and have lived nearby ever since.

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20 comments:

Leslie: said...

Even though the day was, as you so poetically put it, "pewter," your shots are magnificent! I love White Rock and often go down for a walk along the pier and to poke my nose in some of the shops. The Beachhouse Restaurant is a favourite, too. Let me know next time you're going to be in town so we can meet up! Merry Christmas, Kay!

Leslie
abcw team

anthonynorth said...

Beautiful place, and I love those old legends.

Roger Owen Green said...

pretty nice place, especially when the sun shines. It's shining today; yesterday was all gray and dark.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl said...

I just love Vancouver! Was there for the first time last summer and hope to return.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and 2012!

photowannabe said...

This looks like a place I would like to visit. I never heard of the town before. I guess I'm getting antsy. A train trip would be so much fun.

aka Penelope said...

Kay, I really like these White Rock photos you took, especially the one with the flag and clock. Also like the museum photo. It reminds there is another story about the big white rock. In this one the son of the Sea God fell in love with a beautiful mortal princess. Neither family accepted the union of mortal and god. So in desperation the young god picked up a huge rock from the Island shore and threw it across the Gulf waters to resolve where they would settle and live in harmonious bliss away from the relatives. :)

jabblog said...

It was indeed a dreary-looking day but the memories you have garnered will colour your photos and memories quite differently.

Merry Christmas to you and Richard and Lindy and all others dear to you and a Happy and Healthy 2012:-)

VioletSky said...

And is that the white rock he threw - that one in the bottom corner of the last shot??!

i like your description - pewter.

Ann said...

you had weird weather too? I see from the timber and logs on the beach.

I WISH you A WONDERFUL Christmas and 2012

Dianne said...

I love that descriptive word -pewter! But I'm sure Kay your time spent with good friends from schooldays was a golden moment!

EG Wow said...

Love the story of White Rock! Thanks for sharing.

Powell River Books said...

After we left the Roadhouse, I went down to White Rock. I walked the strand and saw the rock before the sun went down. Guess it is still so white because of paint. Looks like graffiti artists use it as a target these days. - Margy

Paula Scott said...

Don't you just love legends? I do! And, to some extent, find that there is some truth to them. Loved the White Rock legend.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. Nice place to relax.

ladyfi said...

That's a cool looking train! Love the silver muted tones in these photos.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful. Enjoyed the legend which I hadn't heard previously.

Gattina said...

Beautiful landscape and a nice legend !

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful photos, Kay, - always interesting to learn how place names originated, especially the legendary native ones. Merry Christmas, Kay, to you and your family.

Francisca said...

Hah! I never knew the White Rock story! I think I would recognize that pewter sky as coastal BC even if you didn't tell me it was. Hope it was a lovely visit. It certainly is a lovely town.

Francisca said...

PS. Yes, of course I will tell you when I next hit BC. I often stay a few nights just a few kilometers from White Rock! It would be a riot to meet in person.