Delta is located in the very south-west corner of the Lower Mainland
and borders the communities of Surrey in
the north-east, Richmond in the north-west
and Point Roberts in the south.
The Corporation of Delta is made up of three separate communities
called Tsawwassen, Ladner
and North Delta. These three communities are located some distance
apart from each other and separated by large tracks of agricultural
land that border the Fraser River Delta and Boundary Bay.
Tsawwassen is located south of Hwy 17 just west of the BC Ferries
Terminal on 56th Street. The community sits on a peninsula that
forms Roberts Bank and is bordered by the ocean on two sides with
Boundary Bay on the east and the Strait of Georgia in the west.
Tsawwassen has a small business section situated on 56th Street
and the residential housing is generally made up of well-to-do executive
homes and upscale condominiums.
Ladner is located north of Tsawwassen by around 7.5 km (5 miles)
on Hwy 17. The community is bordered by large tracts of agricultural
land with the Strait of Georgia and the Fraser River Delta surrounding
the north and western sides. Ladner is the commercial centre of
Delta with the administrative, recreational, business sections and
public transit transfer station all being established there.
North Delta, made up mainly of a middle-class population, is located
farther away to the east of Tsawwassen and Ladner and is more connected
with the business and transportation networks of the Newton district
of Surrey. The border with Surrey, which runs north/south, is 120th
Street or commonly called Scott Road. Scott Road is home to a number
of services, shopping malls, pubs and fast-food outlets.
Burns Bog is a large peat bog situated on the north-east side of
North Delta where it borders with Surrey near the Alex Fraser Bridge.
This unique eco-system is ten times larger than Stanley Park or
an area of around 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) and is home to a
number of diverse plant species. In order to protect Burns Bog from
development, the Delta Nature Reserve has been established where
trails are available for you to view this special eco-system.
Delta Nature Reserve
The Delta Nature Reserve is comprised of only less than two percent
of the total area of Burns Bog with 60 hectares (148 acres) of land
set aside preserving this unusual landscape. For normal walking
speed, there is about a 90-minute path including some boardwalks
where you loop through meadows full of skunk cabbage, and spaghum
peat moss past a cedar grove which is full of songbirds and wildlife
Another area for wildlife is a small island called Westham Island
located just south off River Road in Ladner. Reifel Bird Sanctuary
is a protected bird migration area with most of the habitat along
an estuary on the Fraser River. This sanctuary allows you to get
up close to the wonders of nature with so much wildlife present.
Tsawwassen has a number of areas ready for exploring. One of the
popular areas with the locals is along the causeway to the ferry
terminal and the wetlands near the Roberts Bank Ship Terminal. Look
for the entrance to Tsatsu Shores as you travel east near the beginning
of the causeway to BC Ferries.
Fruits and Vegetables
Delta has some of the best weather in British Columbia and is able
to grow a large number of various fruits and vegetables for the
BC market. As you travel through the community, view all the agricultural
land and watch for the produce stands and the 'you pick' signs posted
on the roads and experience some of the freshest products available.
There are a number of golf courses to play in Delta - Beach Grove
Golf Club, Tsawwassen Golf & Country Club, Delta Golf Course
and Sunshine Hills Golf Course.
At the south-western end of Delta in Tsawwassen, the community also
borders a landlocked section of the United States called Point Roberts.
In Point Roberts you can find real estate for sale for less cost
than some areas of the Lower Mainland.
in Point Roberts
is a large marina situated in Port Roberts if you are arriving by
boat. Here you can find: the 9-hole Pt. Roberts Golf Course, Point
Roberts Yacht Club, Orca whale watching at Lighthouse Country Park
situated at the tip of the peninsula.
Herbert's Fish and Chips
On your quest for the best fish and chips you might want to try
Uncle Herbert's Fish and Chips in Ladner. Conveniently located next
to the Ladner Museum at 4866 Delta Street, Uncle Herbert's is usually
voted in the top five locations for fish and chips in British Columbia.