PEOPLE COULD PAINT a mural, enjoy live entertainment, ogle a demonstration of yoga at the pier or try paddleboard racing on a hot long weekend during the Sea Festival, a tradition in White Rock since the 1950s. We were particularly sorry to have missed seeing the flash mob wedding that was performed on one of those days.
The festival always draws a crowd. But the area along Marine Drive seemed more bustling than ever when we drove there. Delicious foods, enticing vendors, artists and the sparkling Semiahmoo Bay were all out of reach. There was not a single parking space to be had so all we could do was move on and snatch a few sights from the car window.
The Museum was offering free admission to the exhibit called Semiahmoo Bay and Beyond: The Hidden Secrets of White Rock Waters on Sunday. It sounded intriguing ... I always suspected those waters held secrets!
The doors were wide open and welcoming but most people were outside soaking in the sun.
The distant puddles forming at low tide created lovely patterns in the sand.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) chugged down the track alongside the parking lots with a very long string of boxcars carrying coal. Some locals and environmentalists are concerned about the regular transport of coal through the town. As this article from The Vancouver Observer states 13 protesters were arrested in May.
Meanwhile, bus loads of tourists were dropped off to explore the festival venues. Local shuttles also transported people from up the hill. I thought that would have been a wiser option until I later read that a shuttle collided with a small vehicle. Thankfully, no injures were life-threatening.
All we could do was wave goodbye and snap one final picture of what appeared to be a spontaneous art show. A click enlarges the photo to show that behind the art are condominiums and multiple homes dotting the hillside overlooking the ocean view of the little town that attracts people from all over the world.
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