The Best Senior Living Location in White Rock BC

in Independent Living

Written by PARC Retirement Living

Oceana PARC exterior photo in the evening

PARC’s newest residence truly has the best of all worlds. It’s right in the heart of Uptown White Rock, a vibrant cultural district in one of the most naturally spectacular regions of the West Coast. From every window, our residents soak up panoramic vistas of Pacific Ocean, sky, coastal mountains and the San Juan Islands. And the water is never far away. It’s an easy 20-minute walk, or a quick drive, down to the oceanside, where a manicured promenade, vast stretches of sandy beach and the famed White Rock Pier await.

Read on to learn more about what makes this location so special.

Oceana PARC exterior shot

The lively community of White Rock

White Rock is a destination for a reason! This laidback community of 20,000, tucked into five square kilometers along Semiahmoo Bay, is a seaside resort and a walkable city rolled into one. Between the eight kilometers of sandy beaches, waterfront promenade dotted with lively little restaurants and shops, historic pier and average summer temperatures of 23°C – we like to think of it as a trendy vacation spot that Oceana PARC residents get to call home year-round! The community is also well connected to surrounding cities, like Surrey, Delta, Langley and Vancouver, and it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the Peach Arch border crossing to the U.S.

Learn more about the community of White Rock at Explore White Rock and the City of White Rock.

The perfect home, inspired by the perfect location

Oceana PARC is designed to fit seamlessly into this incredible locale, with luxury and comfort built into every detail. Our modern building boasts West Coast design touches, lush green spaces and light pouring in from all angles. Two storeys of communal space allow ample room for games, music and art. Oceana PARC has even been internationally recognized for its design, winning top honours in the 2020 Senior Housing News (SHN) Architecture and Design Awards, in the Independent Living category. Learn more about the building and its amenities on the Oceana PARC residence page.

Everything is nearby

White Rock really has it all, with beautiful parks and beaches, plentiful amenities and shopping galore, including big-box stores and quaint local boutiques. The food scene alone brings visitors from all over – everything from fish ‘n’ chip shacks to pubs hosting live music, ice cream shops and hopping brunch spots.

Because of the city’s compact size and layout, everything our residents need is right within walking distance. Below is a small selection of shops, amenities and attractions close to Oceana PARC, to show just how connected we are.


  • Banking and post:  TD Bank, HSBC, Scotiabank, CIBC all have locations within walking distance of Oceana PARC. The nearest Canada Post office is roughly a five-minute walk away.
  • Medical and health resources. There are plenty of doctor’s and dentist’s offices in our immediate vicinity, along with physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture services and more. Peach Arch Hospital is practically next door (a 10-minute walk or two-minute drive) and the local LifeLabs Medical Laboratory is right across the street from our building.
  • Personal care. You’ll find dozens of salons, barbers, manicurists, estheticians and day spas just around the corner, dotted along Johnston Road and Marine Drive.
  • Transit and transportation. In addition to PARC’s car service and scheduled outings, residents might wish to use the local transit system. There are several bus stops nearby covering the network of routes in town, and connecting to the larger TransLink network, including Surrey’s King George SkyTrain Station and Richmond’s Bridgeport Station.

PARC Residents buying snacks at Oceana


  • Semiahmoo Shopping Centre (10-minute walk; 5-minute drive). A mid-size mall that’s home to a Save On Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart and Winners, along with dozens of small shops and services, including banks, restaurants, a cobbler, barber and salon, a BC Liquor store, cellular providers and more.
  • Nature’s Fare Market (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). An organic grocery that offers produce, specialized diet pastries, grab-and-go deli items, meal kits, smoothies, vitamins and clean-beauty products
  • Sungiven Foods (7-minute walk; 3-minute drive). A Chinese grocery specializing in healthy, natural foods and produce, including a wide selection of international and imported items.
  • White Rock Farmer’s Market (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). Hosted at the community centre from May through October, farmers and artisans set up kiosks selling everything from fresh local eggs and honey to cherries and handmade leather goods.
  • Hillcrest Bakery & Deli (5-minute walk; 2-minute drive). White Rock’s oldest business, and still one of its most popular, for fresh-baked bread, gourmet doughnuts, fresh-made sandwiches, sausage rolls, meats, cheeses and more.
  • The Mason Jar Home Decor and Gift Store (5-minue walk, 2-minute drive). A small, locally owned shop selling a curated collection of decor items, clothing, jewelry, and gifts.

Learn more about White Rock shopping.

White Rock Pier photo

Parks and community amenities

  • White Rock Pier (20-minute walk; 5-minute drive). A destination in itself, White Rock’s circa-1914 pier is the longest of its kind in Canada, at 470 metres; originally built as a dock for steamships that arrived with the Great Northern Railway.
  • The Promenade (20-minte walk; 5-minute drive). A walkway running the length of the beach; also known as one of the region’s best walks. Perfect for afternoon strolls amid warm ocean breezes, seagull cries and waves lapping the shore.
  • White Rock Community Centre (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A hub and facility space for local recreation and events, including the annual farmer’s market.
  • White Rock Public Library (10-minute walk; 3-minute drive). A branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. In addition to its impressive collection of books, reading material and media, the branch hosts a busy lineup of activities and clubs, including writing groups, the White Rock Bridge Club, the White Rock Chess Club and various book clubs.
  • Municipal parks and trails White Rock is home to an impressive 80 acres of parks and trails, from the manicured lawns of Bayview Park to the forested glens and trails of Ruth Johnson Park.

Learn more about White Rock’s community amenities and outdoor attractions.

Dining and entertainment

  • Browns Socialhouse (3-minute walk; 4-minute drive). Located in the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre just across the street, Browns offers a comfortable casual social atmosphere with delicious food.
  • Wooden Spoon Co.  (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A rustic family-friendly bistro serving up burgers, pasta, tacos and other casual fare, including excellent brunch!
  • Charlie Don’t Surf  (20-minute walk; 7-minute drive). An oceanfront fixture for more than 30 years, serving wild fresh-caught seafood, craft beer and more.
  • Bin 101 Wine and Tapas Bar A great little wine bar just around the corner, with one of the largest wine selections in the White Rock/South Surrey area, and live music on weekends.
  • Jan’s on the Beach (19-minute walk; 5-minute drive). This “seafood and more” casual fine-dining restaurant is a local-owned fixture on the waterfront, preparing fresh and delicious fare in-house from scratch. The heated patio is open year-round.
  • Uli’s Restaurant (18-minute walk; 6-minute drive). Casual fine dining on the waterfront, focused on locally sourced ingredients.
  • Oceana PARC Playhouse (4-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A community theatre that hosts the White Rock Players’ Club, producing five shows per year including comedies, thrillers and dramas, and a popular Christmas Pantomime, a local tradition since 1954.
  • Blue Frog Studios (6-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A live broadcast and recording theatre, where visitors can take in up-close concerts with some of the world’s most talented entertainers, online or in person.

Learn more about White Rock’s dining scene and restaurants, and things to do in town.

Book a tour of Oceana PARC!

Now that you know why Oceana PARC is a such a great place to live, why not book a tour and see it for yourself? Plus, learn more about life at Oceana, and see why life is better in PARC communities.