Council wants to know if pier is record-setting

WHITE ROCK – While it may be one of the oldest piers around, the White Rock pier might also happen to be the longest in the country.


With that in mind, Coun. Dave Chesney brought forth a motion Monday requesting staff research the city’s pier and verify that it is, in fact, the longest in Canada.


"This (idea) came about as a result of working on part of the pier," said Chesney. "It’s not something we ever think about because we look at it all the time."


According to Chesney, the City of Campbell River had been claiming their 600-foot pier was the longest in Canada, until he called them and noted White Rock’s was nearly double the length of theirs.


"I thought we were onto something and spoke with Betina (Albornoz) of White Rock Tourism about it," he said, noting she’s ready to have a banner created for the pier if it is verified to be the longest.


Chesney said the status would be something nice to add to the already idyllic image many have of White Rock as a tourist destination.


The motion passed four to two, with councillors Grant Meyer and Lynne Sinclair against, and Coun. Helen Fathers absent. Staff will now move ahead with comparing the pier to others in Canada.