Research shows that spending time in the forest has a calming and restorative effect on the body and soul. Forest bathing, also known as “Shinrin-yoku” means taking in the forest atmosphere during a leisurely walk. In White Rock, the pull to walk on the beach, an experience with a different kind of restorative effect, is strong, but those seeking the solitude of a walk in the woods don’t have to look too far.

Walking Trails in Ruth Johnson Park

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Ruth Johnson Park is an oasis of green. Dense ferns and tall trees surround the numerous trails that weave through the forest eventually leading to a steep descent towards the waterfront. Start your walk with a play at Generations Playground on North Bluff Road. The playground was named “Generations” as it was designed as an inclusive outside recreation area for all ages and all abilities. Follow the gravel path into the forest and find yourself surrounded by the soothing effect of a West Coast rainforest. Follow the trail down the path and you’ll come to a series of staircases that make their way down to Duprez Street and Marine Drive and the shores of Semiahmoo Bay.

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Just across Marine Drive is the grassy slope of Bayview Park. From here we recommend taking a quick walk south along the White Rock Promenade to one of the nearby restaurants for lunch or order your lunch to go and head back to the picnic tables at Bayview Park to enjoy your meal al fresco. When you’re done, leave the beach behind and get ready for some cardio as you head back up the stairs into the forest.

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Notes:

  • Ruth Johnson Park is located at 14600 North Bluff Road
  • Close-by dining options:
    • Krave Subs | 14837 Marine Drive
      • Caribbean flavors. Open daily from 11:00am
    • West Beach Bar & Grill | 1101 Elm Street
      • Classic pub fare. Open for dine-in and takeout daily from 11:00am
    • Cosmos Greek Restaurant | 14871 Marine Drive
      • Classic Greek dishes. Open for dine-in and takeout daily from 4:00pm
    • The Wafflers | 14909 Marine Drive
      • Brussels waffles and French-style crepes. Open for dine-in & takeout from 10:00am (closed Wednesdays)