The adjacent South Surrey communities of Ocean Park and Crescent Beach, located on the western tip of the Semiahmoo Peninsula, are a seaside oasis of calm where bald eagles circle over towering evergreens and the sun seems to shine even when it’s dark and gloomy elsewhere in the Lower Mainland.
1. Crescent Beach and Blackie Spit Park
A leisurely stroll along the Crescent Beach promenade, which stretches along the entirety of the mixed sand and rock shoreline, offers views of Boundary Bay, the North Shore Mountains, and the Southern Gulf Islands. The south end of the promenade leads to a popular off-leash park and dog beach, as well as a large picnic area, the Surrey Sailing Club, and the Crescent Beach Swim Club. A little further north, toward Mud Bay, lies Blackie Spit Park, a protected wildlife area and birdwatchers’ paradise. Well-maintained trails take nature lovers through this estuarine sanctuary, where it is common to see red-winged blackbirds, bald eagles, and myriad other birds and sea life.
2. Crescent Park and Kwomais Point Park
The 128 acres of Crescent Park offer a forest park environment, with trails amidst tall trees, hooting owls, and ducks and turtles at the central pond. Popular with picnicking families and sports enthusiasts, Crescent Park also offers plenty of open green space. For impressive ocean views, locals head south to the viewing platform high on the bluffs in Kwomais Point Park.
3. A Bustling Town Centre
Located within walking distance for many residents, Ocean Park Village is home to small boutique shops, local businesses, and many services, including a supermarket, a bakery, a pharmacy, a travel agent, a busy library, and doctors’ offices. Several cafes, family restaurants, and a neighbourhood pub can all be found within about two square blocks.
4. Community Festivals and Events
Both Crescent Beach and Ocean Park offer plenty of community events throughout the year, bringing people of all ages together to celebrate arts, music, and local craftspeople. Of note are the popular Alexandra Festival on the last Saturday of May, and Ocean Park Day in August, both of which feature live music and activities for kids.
5. Less Rain (Really)
Government of Canada weather statistics back up what locals know to be true: The Semiahmoo Peninsula gets less rain each year than the City of Vancouver.