Why White Rock Should Bring Back Free Parking

White Rock Parking is a Hot Topic.

Since I don’t drive, the paid parking doesn’t have an impact on me. It’s a hot topic that’s affecting the majority of White Rock/South Surrey residents. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it.

Reasons Why Free Parking is Important

If White Rock were to have free parking again, they would have way more visitors at the promenade. We all know that the beach as been lacking in visitation ever since the pier broke. Personally, I think that WR should do anything they can to get more traction towards the beach. In turn, a lot of local businesses have been suffering and gone out of out of business.

To Sum It Up

As a local, born and raised in South Surrey its almost embarrassing to have the pier/promenade in its current state. Of course, we can’t avoid natural disasters, but we need to fix things as quickly as possible.  I’m pleased to see the recent news of the contract to fix the pier and hope to see construction completed by the end of summer. Until then, at the very least, give us free parking.

 

 

Why would people pay to see a broken pier and abandoned businesses?

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I want to hear what your thoughts!

Silhouettes at Sunset – Family Photos in White Rock, BC

Candid Family Photoshoot in White Rock, BC.

Book your half hour candid photo shoot at White Rock during sunset. The first three sessions booked are $75 introductory rate. After that the regular rate is $100.

Here are a few photos that I got from my first session.

In Frame: Kama Money (Ethigal Blog)

“I hired Ethan to take some photos of my son and I for a blogging contract with Explore White Rock and Kid Approved BC. I needed some high quality content that showed us enjoying the area despite the pier being broken after a storm.  The economy of White Rock has struggled since the storm and our aim was to show that it’s still a great spot for families to explore together with its beach and stunning sunsets.

Ethan’s mom owns a daycare and he wasn’t phased at all when my son had a bathroom emergency and then got into a bad mood. Ethan stayed calm, kept his sense of humour and level of patience that I REALLY appreciated.  It’s embarrassing for moms when kids are being difficult and I appreciated Ethan’s understanding. Once the little guy was feeling better, we were able to continue on with the photoshoot and get some fantastic shots.  Funny enough, my son said he wants to become a photographer like Ethan when he grows up!  I’d highly recommend Ethan D. Photography for unposed, authentic family photos and content creation on White Rock beach.”

-Kama Money

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Interested in your own family shoot? (Custom Packages Available)

Email me at Ethandijkstraa@gmail.com

Wellness Warrior Winter Gathering

You are invited to SD#36 Aboriginal Education First Nation Health Authority

“Everyone is a Wellness Champion” Event Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019 5-8pm

Location: 13 – 2320 King George Blvd Surrey (South Surrey Learning Centre)

Wellness Winter Warrior Gathering Stations:

  • “Be Active” Learning Powwow dancing with Miles & Brydee.

Powwow workout times: 5:15pm – 6:15pm & 6:45pm – 7:45pm.

  • “Eat Healthy” Rethink your Bannock and Drink” Make protein balls, instead of bannock. Taste-test iced & hot herbal teas Feel free to take the tea home. Learn how much sugar is in your favourite carbonated beverages.
  • “Nurture Spirit” Help in creating a community mural themed “What is your personal wellness goals?”
  • “Respect Tobacco” Learn about sacred uses of tobacco and plant traditional tobacco seeds in planters to take home.

 

Stay as long as you’d like from 5pm-8pm

Enjoy all four stations or just the one you find the most interesting.

It’s completely free, no admissions.

For more information please call Toni or Kama @ 604-536-0550 or Email: burbridge_t@surreyschools.caWellness

The Phenomenal Sunrise (01/28/19)

These are just some of the photos I took this morning around 7:30, it was a bit of a jaunt down to the beach and back but it was absolutely worth freezing my hands off for!

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Here is just one of the amazing shots I was able to capture this morning.
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I got this nearing the end of the spectacular sunrise.
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About 15 minutes after the sky had finished changing colours I got this unique photo.

Should the White Rock Pier become a National Historic site?

What is a national historic site?

National historic sites are places of profound importance to Canada. They bear witness to this nation’s defining moments and illustrate its human creativity and cultural traditions. Each national historic site tells its own unique story, part of the greater story of Canada, contributing a sense of time, identity, and place to our understanding of Canada as a whole. Parks Canada.

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Gastown was designated to be the national landmark of Canada in 2009.

What are the benefits of becoming a national historic site today?

Just a couple of benefits are that if the pier is a national historical place it would be protected from commemoration preservation and development. The Canadian government may also invest funds for restoration and reconstruction of the pier.

How can the White Rock Pier become a National Historic site?

The city, the museum, and the community would need to band together and approach the government for the possibility of the White Rock Pier becoming a national historical site.

My Thoughts:

The White Rock Pier should definitely be a national historical landmark because it has been beloved by the community for over a century. It has been my go to spot for nearly 5 years to take pictures and since its so close the convenience is great . It’s a local treasure that hundreds of people visit daily. The pier is White Rock’s biggest tourist attraction and brings in tons of money that funds numerous things in the city. There really isn’t a reason for the government not to sign off saying that it can be a national historical landmark. Even though we can’t quantify how much money the pier brings in. I am absolutely certain that it’s a big part of White Rock’s tourist appeal, and a key symbol of the history of the city.

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The White Rock Pier is well known as a place for families to gather and this picture is a prime example of that.

I want to hear your opinions!

The Super Blood Wolf Moon 01/20/19

I was able to get this shot after continuously trying for close to 20 minutes and I have to say it was worth the struggle. I have gotten quite a few questions about the settings I was using to get a picture like this of the moon so, nevertheless..

Shutter Speed: 1/5th     Aperture: 5.6     Lens: 100-400 Canon EOS (F-Stop/4.5)

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Last night I was able to capture this shot of The Super Blood Wolf Moon. As seen on The City of Surrey’s instagram page. It wasn’t an easy pictures to take due to the lighting and since I didn’t have a tripod I had to hold my camera very still for 1/5 of a second which is a painstakingly slow shutter speed, especially at such a great distance.

 

Were you able to take any photos of the moon?!

The White Rock Pier’s Shocking Past, Present and Future

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll know that the White Rock pier has been torn in half a huge storm and its future is uncertain. The White Rock pier is my favourite place to photograph so I go down there about 5 days a week for sunrise and sunsets. I am drawn to the pier because it’s a local treasure and historical landmark.

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Past: The White Rock pier in 1914 and later rebuilt by the community in the early 1970’s.

The White Rock pier is a local treasure and a popular tourist destination.

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This is the White Rock pier a few months prior due to the storm that collapsed the pier.
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Calm before the storm.

The Storm

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The Rescue

There is word that a daredevil wants to jump the pier on motorbike.

 

There is word that the pier will be rebuilt by late August of 2019. It will cost approximately 6 million. Stay tuned for updates.

 

The pier has had waves of change this year and only time will tell what its future holds. When will it be reopened? Who will fund it? Will there be a restaurant built again on the pier? Will the daredevil jump?

 

What do you hope to see happen?

 

Thanks, Ethan