Crescent Beach is a local favorite and is known for it quiet charm, uncomprable sunsets, and laid-back feel. Much quieter than its commercialized neighbor White Rock Beach, Crescent Beach offers an idyllic respite that features a few local restaurants, ice cream shops and cafes, and a beach path (2 miles out and back) suitable for walking, running or cycling. Tide pooling and sand play can be quite exceptional at low tide and can keep the kiddos busy for hours. Swimming is allowed, though the current can be fierce at times, so I would recommend swimming be saved for strong swimmers or saved for White Rock Beach. There is also a risk of Swimmer’s Itch, though we have never experienced it in the many years we’ve been coming here. Other activities to be enjoyed along this stretch of shore include windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking picnicking, volley ball, fishing and crabbing from the small pier, park activities on the green spaces, and nature viewing in the preserve areas at/around Blackie’s Spit. If a quiet day or walk along the beach is what you are seeking, then Crescent Beach won’t let you down.
While walking the path is fantastic at any time, if you are hoping for tide pools or sand play, be sure to check the local tide schedule! The best time to go is when the tide is still on the descent, so that will offer more time to play before the tide comes creeping back in.
Official Website: Crescent Beach – City of Surrey
Location: 12160 Beecher St. Surrey, British Columbia (a short drive from Hwy 99 and about 45 minutes south of Vancouver)
Length of Walk: Approx 2 miles – out and back from Beecher St. to Blackie’s Spit
Kid Friendly? Definitely! The kids can enjoy the walk on the beach, tide pooling, swimming (watch out for the current), bicycling along the path, beach activities, and so much more.
Fido Friendly? Yes – Dogs allowed on leash on the beach path and off-leash in the dog park. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in marked eco-sensitive areas such as Blackie’s Spit.
Cost: Free – free parking, no pass required
“Trailhead” Features: This walk begins at Beecher St., a quaint and quiet beach street lined with parking, a few restaurants, ice cream and coffee shops, a salon and a store or two.
The Walk: This is a very gentle walk on a wide, flat, gravel path that follows the sea shore above the breakwater rocks. Views of the bay and snow-capped mountains in the distance are second to none. The walk begins at Beecher Street and extends about 1 mile to “Blackie Spit”, a nature preserve area that features stunning views of Boundary Bay, short nature paths, interpretive signs, and fantastic birding opportunities. At this same end, there is a large parking lot, kayak/paddle board rental shop, swimming beach, and a huge fenced in dog park. You can walk back the way you came or cut through the streets back to the car.
Out-of-Shapers Difficulty Rating: As Easy as it Gets
Photo Visual Tour:
Along the path…
Nature preserve area at the end of the beach path…
Easter Egg…A HUGE dog park!
After the walk, stop in to enjoy some fish and chips at Hooked, Greek food at Pelagos, or a health-conscious bite at the Sunflower Cafe.