Tsawwassen is located at the farthest point south in the Lower Mainland
of Vancouver and is on the northern border of Washington State with
the landlocked small community of Point Roberts.
Tsawwassen, along with two other communities called Ladner
and North Delta, are included in the Corporation
of Delta. The three communities are located apart from each
other, separated by large tracks of agricultural land, with the
Fraser River Delta and Boundary Bay in between.
Here on Hwy 99
To get to Tsawwassen from off Hwy 99, take Hwy 17 towards Delta
and the BC Ferries Tsawwassen Terminal. Once you're past Ladner
Trunk Road, look for the traffic light on Hwy 17 for 56th Street
which is just before the causeway to the ferry terminal. If you
are offloading from BC Ferries, look for 56th Street as soon as
you are past 52nd Street coming off the 3 km (2 miles) long ferry
Most businesses, services and accommodations are situated on 56th
Street with the largest concentration being near the Tsawwassen
Town Centre Mall at 56th and 12th Avenue. The community is well
kept with 56th Street having an impressive palm trees and flower
presentations lining the centre boulevard separating the traffic.
Tsawwassen residential areas are made up of a high concentration
of affluent homes, many of which have fantastic ocean views off
English Bluff Road or are close to the ocean beaches such as Beach
Grove near Boundary Bay.
The Tsawwassen Sun Festival is the largest festival that occurs
in Tsawwassen and is held every year on the BC Day long weekend
at Winskill Park and the South Delta Recreation Centre. The Sun
Festival includes a parade, antique show, arcade, midway, slow pitch
baseball tournament, main stage entertainment, BMX air show, and
food vendors, all followed with a fireworks display.
Bay Regional Park
For exploring around the oceanfront in Tsawwassen, the best place
to go is Boundary Bay Regional Park. Here you can find a large green
space, intertidal flats and wetland home to a number of migratory
birds and other wildlife. To get here you take 12th Avenue east
towards Beach Grove then to Boundary Bay Road. First time visitors
are recommended by Metro Vancouver to start at Centennial Beach
Other beach areas worth exploring include Fred Gingell Park which
get to by following 12th Avenue south on English Bluff Road. At
Fred Gingell Park you can find a beautiful westerly vista of the
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal plus Galliano,
Islands in the distance. There are trails that lead you down a steep
stairway to Tsawwassen Beach below.
For golfing, there are three courses are located near Tsawwassen.
The Tsawwassen Golf Club is situated off Hwy 17 at 52nd Street near
the causeway to the ferry. Beach Grove Golf Club is situated off
12th Avenue near Boundary Bay Regional Park. Then, in Point Roberts,
there is the Point Roberts Golf and Country Club.
Besides the beautiful beaches there are some other attractions in
Tsawwassen for you to visit especially if children are involved
including Tsawwassen Paintball Games, Splashdown Park and F440,
a cart racing track.
Point Roberts, Washington, is located at the very tip of the peninsula
called Roberts Bank formed by Boundary Bay at the south side of
Tsawwassen. To get here travel south on 56th Street from Tsawwassen
past 1st Avenue until you come to the border crossing and US Customs.
Remember, you'll need photo identification and passport requirements
to get into Point Roberts.
The closest marina to Tsawwassen is the Point Roberts Marina situated
right at the very tip of Point Roberts facing south. The Point Roberts
Marina offers quick access into the Strait of Georgia accessing
the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, Victoria and/or Vancouver waters.
The Tsawwassen First Nations reside in this part of Delta with a
290-hectare (717-acre) reserve on Tsawwassen Drive near Hwy 17.
The Tsawwassen First Nations are members of the Coast Salish people
and belong to the Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council. The Tsawwassen First
Nation own a number of businesses around Tsawwassen including Tsatsu
Gas, the Park N' Go parking service for passengers on BC Ferries
and Qway-Aathia's Grann's Native Art Gallery.