For the Love of Crows By Sheila T

I had never paid much attention to crows. I thought they were just noisy, obnoxious pests. At least, that’s how I saw them when I lived back in Ontario. But then we moved to “Supernatural” British Columbia in 2012, and a couple things changed my mind about these black rascals.

It was low tide and we were strolling along the beach out in front of the 486-ton white rock looking for interesting stones and shells. Although I heard no sound other than the light lapping of waves, I started to get an odd sense – as if we were being followed.

I stopped suddenly, turned around and saw one lone crow following in my footsteps as I picked up and discarded unwanted stones. My sudden stop and about-face caused this crow to stop suddenly as well, and he seemed to look around as if to ask, “What’s wrong – is someone following us?” It was a comical moment and I began to wonder if there was more to crows than I’d previously noticed.

Shortly after that day, we noticed a particular crow near our own home. He had a broken beak but it never seemed to prevent him from hunting for food and having success. We named him “Brokebeak” and began throwing a few peanuts out for him and a couple of his pals.

About this time, we also embarked on an intensive walking program to both lose weight and get in better shape. Our walks would usually take us from our East Beach location heading west along the White Rock Beach promenade, all the way uphill on Oxford Street, then east on 16 Avenue into town where we would stop sometimes for a cold drink before continuing the trek back home.

What we noticed when we reached the alley leading to our home – and with still about one kilometre to go – was the sudden appearance of our new friends. I commented that they seemed to recognize us. Ric threw them some peanuts that he had in his pocket and they dove for them.

Yes, they had recognized us as we’ve since learned. They can recognize faces and they know people who are kind to crows and those who aren’t. While they can be both thieves and pranksters (more on that to follow), they also demonstrate a lot of intelligence.

They tend to follow us some distance when we go for walks – even as far as the White Rock pier or farther. Often Ric has gone out among the tidal pools at low tide with his tripod and camera, and our feathered friends will show up, patiently waiting for treats to follow after he takes his pictures.

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Our crow pals also seem to watch the house, and when they spot our car pulling out, they swoop in and fly along beside the car to get our attention. They’ll often fly along side until they get their peanut rations. And they also watch for us to return home. But we have one rule: if they’re noisy, they get no reward. Only quiet birds get treats.

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

We don’t expect everyone to share our love of crows, but there’s no denying their intelligence and cleverness. While that might not encourage affection, it should at least afford them a bit of respect.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
$125 all taxes included
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

This ready-to-hang framed print is in stock and ready to purchase from

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

What is “The Virtual Edge?” Simply put… Your Unfair Advantage

What is “The Virtual Edge?”

Simply put…

Your Unfair Advantage

No matter what kind of business you have – big or small – you can get the unfair advantage we refer to as The Virtual Edge over competing businesses. We consider business a game and we play to WIN, in turn generating business for our clients. In business there are usually other companies wanting the same thing. We like to use the analogy of a sled dog team. There can only be one lead dog, as the other dogs are only following the lead. We like the lead dog view as he can see everything – the others are simply looking at dog BUTT.

Visit VirtualEdge.ca for more information and contact info. We cater to businesses worldwide. If you are in Newfoundland, Ontario, California, New Zealand — NO PROBLEM, we are only a click or email away.

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Virtual Edge Communications & WhiteRockBeach.ca are excited the visitors to our site have been increasing daily. The above map shows the last 100 visitors to the site. We even have visitors from Canada’s other coast on the Atlantic Ocean, in St John’s, wanting to see what is going on in White Rock Beach in beautiful British Columbia. Another site we run had over 500,000 visitors last year and recently as many as 14,000 visitors in a 3-day period. On WhiteRockBeach.ca we are logging visitors from Argentina, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, etc.


If we can put White Rock Beach on the map, just imagine what we can do for you.
Through our parent company (the people that own all the toys we use), Virtual Edge Communications, we offer website design, digital photography, and digital video with professional titling and special effects. With our writing/editing/design services we offer the following: press releases, brochures, flyers, manuals/reports, newsletters, eBooks, resumes, and cover letters. We don’t simply cater to large companies; small businesses or even individuals wanting exposure can use our services.

We shoot more than just pretty sunrises and sunsets.

We photograph just about everything!


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Promote White Rock Beach and your name / business / website to the WORLD. Ideal for hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, real estate agents, restaurants, gift shops, dentists, or any business catering to tourists or newcomers to British Columbia. Using the White Rock name in your business name - get the goodwill of investing in your local neighborhood.

Our premium sponsored postcards are printed on a thicker whiter stock, standing out from other postcards on the market. Want to sponsor a custom postcard with colour theme, subject, view, etc? Contact Ric Wallace and he will come up with an idea. Below are samples sponsored postcards with text printed on 5,000 postcards. CLICK HERE to see all current postcards.

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New postcard designs (to be printed) are listed with a Read more button.

Sponsor and receive postcards to sell* for $1.50 or give away:

  •  1,500 postcards for $250*
    • You get 250 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost $1.00 each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $125 ($0.50 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 1,250 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 2,500  postcards for $350*
    • You get 350 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost $1.00 each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $175 ($0.50 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 2,150 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION A for $600* 
    • You get 1,000 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 60 cents each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $900 ($0.90 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 4,000 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION B for $500* 
    • You get 350 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 1.43 cents each for the ones you receive) break even and netting FREE adverting & $25 Profit for your business..
      • 4,650 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION C for $450* 
    • You get 100 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 4.50 cents each for the ones you receive) and netting a cost of $300 for advertising for your business on 5,000 postcards (6 cents)
      • 4,900 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  •  10,000 postcards for $1,200*
    • You get 3,000 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 40 cents each) and make a profit of $3,300 ($1.10 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 7,000 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
    • NOTE: Sponsored postcards sold through retailers, online or at the beach are non profit sharing; sponsors benefit by having their name on our products. Reprints may have a minimum order of 5,000 as they have proven to be a good seller. There are other conditions that apply to sponsor a WhiteRockBeach.ca postcard. Contact Ric Wallace for details. Interested in postcards not under the WhiteRockBeach.ca brand? Ric Wallace can create one for you - see PostcardKing.ca. Sponsored postcards can also be sold as WhiteRockBeach.ca greeting cards.

White Rock photographer Ric Wallace has produced over 118  White Rock Beach (more planned for 2018) and 50+ Wildlife of Canada postcard and greeting card designs. Due to increases in production costs and not wanting to raise prices in stores, he is seeking sponsors to help offset production and printing costs. Ideal for individuals and families wanting to have a memorial keepsake or businesses wanting a unique opportunity to maybe gain more recognition by having their business name and website purchased by local residents and tourists as keepsakes or to be mailed around the world.

You can sponsor a current postcard in need of a reprint or a new design. Interested sponsors with the highest sponsoring level will be given first choice.

Want to see and receive some samples or more info? Contact Ric Wallace.

FREE White Rock Pharmacy Sponsored WhiteRockBeach.ca Postcard Offer*


For every $15 before taxes* 
spent on over-the-counter products, receive aFREE White Rock Pharmacy sponsored POSTCARD of your choice (WhiteRockPharmacy.com is printed on the back).

Prescriptions, medical consultations, flu shots and other medical services are excluded (as per College of Pharmacists of B.C. regulations). White Rock Pharmacy is proud to sponsor these postcards by ARTographer Ric Wallace. All of the 103+ White Rock Beach / South Surrey postcards and greeting cards listed on WhiteRockBeach.ca are available from White Rock Pharmacy. If the design you want is not in stock, we can usually get it by the next business day. We are also the downtown White Rock location of the White Rock Beach Gallery – Wall Art capturing the beauty of White Rock Beach.
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Our FREE My Health eBook, supplied as a PDF file, is ideal for creating a personal record (for all of your family) of health / medical history, doctors’ appointments, allergies and medications in this easy-to-use journal. Having your own My Health eBook journal is handy to have when seeing your doctor or other medical professionals. Sometimes even having the proper spelling of various medical terms can help you when filling out medical forms. Having a record of operations, dates, doctors, and phone numbers could even save your life if an emergency arises. The My Health eBook is being offered for FREE as your own health documentation tool and NOT a replacement for medical advice.

Share the Spirit of #AmazingWhiteRock Beach by sharing White Rock Beach postcards with family & friends

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We are asking people to share the Spirit of AMAZING White Rock Beach by sharing White Rock Beach postcards with family, friends, and business acquaintances. If you are going on a trip, why not help promote White Rock Beach by packing some White Rock Beach postcards. Naturally, not everyone can afford vacations to faraway places, but anyone can share them around the globe via Canada Post.

For more information – C L I C K H E R E

  We sell all White Rock Beach postcards online

 White Rock Beach Postcard Sponsors WANTED

 Promote White Rock Beach and your name / business / website to the WORLD. Some of our sponsors include White Rock Pharmacy, White Rock Photo, José & Co. Custom Jewellers
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Ideal for individuals and families wanting to have a memorial keepsake or businesses wanting a unique opportunity to maybe gain more recognition by having their business name and website purchased by local residents and tourists as keepsakes or to be mailed around the world.
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These are some of the current White Rock Beach & area postcard retailers:
    1. Save On Foods (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre) 1641-152nd Street, Surrey, BC V4A 4N3
    2. White Rock Pharmacy, 102 – 1440 George St., White Rock BC V4B 4A3
    3. WhiteRockBeach.ca- Buy Online - We ship worldwide
    4. The White Rock Beach Gallery - Waterfront Promenade Gallery – (weather permitting)
    5. Mr White Rock - Ric Wallace 604-259-0105 - VISA, MasterCard, Debit & CASH
    6. Sunnyside Evergreen Pharmacy - 2397 King George Blvd. Surrey BC V4A 5A4
    7. Whitby's Books and Gifts - 14877 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C2
    8. Canadiana Gifts - 14853 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C1
    9. Shefield & Sons Tobacconists - (unit 109) (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre)
    10. Oriental-Link Enterprise LTD.  14969 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C3
    11. Heavens Angels Gifts & Gelato 15557 Marine Drive Dr White Rock, V4B 1C9
 

NOTE: Some retailers will have limited postcard selections due to space. PLEASE NOTE: The White Rock Museum does NOT sell our products (turned down 3 times) as they have no interest in our products. Please support the above local businesses that support out efforts.

This is the ONLY location you can see most of the 118+ White Rock / South Surrey postcards & greeting cards on display at the same time (even the winter and Christmas postcards - weather and time permitting).

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ARTographer Ric Wallace says “Thinking SMALL means Thinking BIG” with his MINI Canvas Prints

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ARTographer Ric Wallace, also known as the Postcard King Of South Surrey and BC, is excited to be the FIRST White Rock Beach ARTIST to OFFER 8″ x 8″ mini canvas prints (he still offers his 16″ x 20″, 24″ x 48″ and 30″ x 60″ canvas prints, also 20″x 28″ acrylic prints ). These mini canvas prints are ONLY offered for sale at the waterfront Artist walk location (weather permitting) or directly from Ric Wallace – see card below.

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The cost of these MINI Canvas Prints is $80 all taxes included.
Add a table top easel for $40 extra all taxes included.
FREE White Rock Beach greeting card with every
8″ x 8″ canvas print purchased at our tent at the west beach.

These will cater to lower budgets and help fill small spaces with his ARTography. During the many times he had his tent set up at the west beach at White Rock Beach, he noticed many people were looking for photos for small spaces, such as bathrooms, gifts, or something tourists can take back home without getting broken in their luggage.  Glass framed prints in luggage will most likely get broken because of the way airlines handed your luggage.

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Looking for 16″ x 20″ or 30″ x 60″ canvas prints? Please visit  White Rock Pharmacy, 102 – 1440 George St., White Rock BC V4B 4A3

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canvas-8x8-05-pier-yellow These would look ideal in coffee shops, hair salons, doctors’ offices, legal offices, home offices, bathrooms, on top of fireplaces on mini easels. Our first mini canvas print sale was purchased as a house warming gift. Attention realtors: Sell a house – These are an inexpensive and unique gift to offer on completion of a successful sale!

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Outside Frame Size 25″ x 49″
Price $700 all taxes included and in stock

Canvas Size 30″ x 60″
Price $800 all taxes included and in stock

For realtors that sell a home in the White Rock/South Surrey area, you can afford the 30″ x 60″ canvas prints.canvas-8x8-12-pier-hdr-blue