Ditch the workout and join the party with Zumba in White Rock!

Try the fun Zumba classes in White Rock

Try the fun Zumba classes in White Rock

Zumba is a popular fitness program inspired by Latin dance. The word “Zumba” comes from a Colombian word that means to move fast and have fun, which is just how people describe the routine. Using upbeat Latin music together with cardiovascular exercise, Zumba is aerobic dancing that is lots of fun and easy to learn.

Zumba seems to be an optimal fitness choice, mixing cardio intervals with resistance training. Many experts believe that an interval/resistance combination maximizes caloric output, fat burning, and total body toning. Zumba mixes effective body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow, fun dance steps. People seem to forget about working out during a Zumba session, allowing them to exercise longer, and burn even more calories.

Come and find out more – and have fun – at White Rock’s Zumba Fitness.

It’s a great weekend for White Rock Whale Watching!

Enjoy a whale-watching trip righ here in White Rock!

Enjoy a whale-watching trip righ here in White Rock!

Did you know that you can spot beautiful whales right here in White Rock?!

Departures from White Rock pier, well situated close to the San Juan and Gulf Islands, offer some of the most beautiful scenery and abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel’s high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large and extensive spotting network whales can be reliably pinpointed most days.

Aboard the boat your Captain and Naturalist are available to answer questions and will provide a wealth of information on the local whales and wildlife as well as interesting stories and facts about the local area.

On rare occasions the resident Orcas head out to the open West Coast waters where no boats can find them or weather conditions are too rough, unsafe and just too uncomfortable to view whales. Should this occur they focus on looking for the transient Orca pods, which may be anywhere in the sheltered Gulf Island waters.

Such trips allow a closer look at the amazing shorelines and abundant wildlife of the islands. Time permitting, we dock at the Saturna Island Winery one of the most beautiful spots in the Gulf Islands. Here is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your legs, do a little beach combing or play in the sand. You may also enjoy a 10-minute scenic walk through the vineyard to the winery.

The three to four hour whale watching trips depart weekends from June to September. In July and August additional sailings may be added on Thursdays and Mondays. Complimentary bottled water, juice boxes and Granola bars are provided.

For further information, please see White Rock Whale Watching.

Ahoy shipmates! Sailing fans can enjoy our beautiful White Rock waters

The Lower Mainland Yacht Co-op offers fantastic sailing opportunities

The Lower Mainland Yacht Co-op offers fantastic sailing opportunities

You don’t need to own a boat or even know how to sail in order become a member of one of White Rock’s best kept secrets – the Lower Mainland Yacht Co-op (LMYC). All you need is an interest in sailing!

You can earn your CYA certification on one of their seven boats; join the fun on long weekend cruises or simply sail around Semiahmoo Bay with other members… all for an affordable price!

The Lower Mainland Yacht Cooperative (LMYC) consists of 115 “Full” members and seven sailboats moored at the end of the pier. They have three 26′ Grampians, two 27′ C&C’s, an Ericson 28Plus and a Cal 25 MKII. Aside from a membership fee, members are required to contribute a minimum of 20 hours of their time to either boat maintenance or other club tasks.

Members enjoy a number of social events. These events, which include wine and cheese parties and club races are open to all full, social and associate members.

For more information, please see The Lower Mainland Yacht Cooperative.

Canada rule at South Surrey’s Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship

2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship

2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship

Things are heating up at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship currently being held in South Surrey.

Team Canada opened its run with a victory Wednesday evening at Softball City, beating New Zealand 11-1.

The game was a quick one lasting just three innings before the mercy-rule was invoked.

Canada, which arrived in South Surrey after a third-place finish at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma, scored one run in the first innings, two more in the second, and then exploded for eight in the third frame.

This is the last weekend of the tournament where it’s scheduled to be a scorcher on and off the pitch!

For more information, please see Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.