Ocean Park, Surrey

July 12, 2011

Ocean Park, a small village that comprises the most western portion of the Semiahoo Peninsula, borders both Semiahoo Bay and Boundary Bay.

Although it is a small community, Ocean Park has a lengthy history. The area originally belonged to the Semiahmoo people who loved the natural beauty and believed it provided spiritual renewal. Ocean Park was later settled in the 1880s by pioneer Ben Stevenson. The Great Northern Railway accepted the area as a stop along its railroad when residents built a small shed next to the recently finished tracks in 1912, and early residents of Vancouver and New Westminster would travel to the area for vacation.

In 1921, Ocean Park opened its post office, which was featured on the television show Ripley's Believe It or Not! for being the smallest post office in the world at 6 feet by 6 feet.

Ocean Park real estate - being a beach front village with an extremely high proportion of houses- is priced higher than that in some of the surrounding neighbourhoods. Prices for homes in Ocean Park range from just over $300,000 for a small apartment to well over $1 million for a large waterfront estate. The average price is $821,395. View Ocean Park MLS® listings and upcoming open houses

Ocean Park Amenities

Ocean Park Shopping

Ocean Park Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in the area, offers a Safeway, a veterinary clinic, a video store and several other shops. There is also the Semiamhoo Shopping Centre, which offers a pharmacy, several clothing stores, shoe stores, and a number of other stores.

Schools and education in Ocean Park

Elementary schools

Ocean Park Cafés and Restaurants

Ocean Park offers a great variety of dining options, both in chain restaurants and in local fare. Whether you crave the familiarity of Subway or other fast food, or you have a taste for fresh fare from Beecher Street Café, the Ocean Park Village Pub or Delirios Restaurant, Ocean Park has something to suit your tastes.

Ocean Park Sports and Recreation

Ocean Park, as a waterfront neighbourhood, offers residents and visitors numerous ways to stay active. The Ocean Park Shoreline Walk hosts a sailing club and numerous walking trails down to and along Boundary Bay's waterfront.

The easy beach access also means watersports and aquatic activities are on the itinerary. Whether you'd like to take a dip in the ocean, or go kayaking or canoeing, the area offers beautiful natural views to help you relax.

Ocean Park Transportation

TransLink offers numerous bus services to the South Surrey area, including the 352 Ocean Park/Bridgeport Station route. Drivers can also take Marine Drive or Bluff Road to Highway 99 or King George Highway, which is just east of the community and offers quick access to Downtown Vancouver.

Ocean Park Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $821,395
Townhouses $477,099
Condos $313,297

*Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, average sale prices in South Surrey/Ocean Park for March 2011.

Ocean Park Demographics

Population* 2,476 *Source: BC Stats

75+ 7%
65 to 74 8%
45 to 64 32%
20 to 44 28%
under 19 20%

*Source: BC Stats

Fully owned 88% ("Owners")
Rented 12%
Band Housing 0%

*Source: BC Stats

Detached 96% ("Houses")
Row house 0%
Apartment duplex 2%
Apartment, under five stories 0%
Apartment, five or more stories 0%

*Source: BC Stats

Neighbourhoods surrounding Ocean Park