Delta, Vancouver

History

Prior to European settlement, Delta's flatlands and coastal shores were inhabited by the Tsawwassen indigenous peoples, of the Coast Salish First Nations. The land was first sighted by Europeans in 1791, when Spanish explorer Lieutenant Francisco de Eliza mistook the area for an island and named it "Isla Capeda". The first European settler in Delta was James Kennedy who pre-empted 135 acres in what later became Annieville in February 1860. Thomas and William Ladner, began farming the area named after them in 1868. Farming and fishing helped the community grow quickly over the next few decades. In 1879, the area was incorporated to become "Delta", and the village of Ladner was made as its administrative centre.
Due to its geography, Delta was a relatively isolated community. The completion of the George Massey Tunnel in 1959 linking Ladner to Richmond and Vancouver along with the opening, in 1960, of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and the Highway 99 being rerouted from the King George Highway in Surrey in 1962 to a new route through Delta, ended Delta's isolation and resulted in a massive 400% population growth over the next 20 years. The 1986 completion of the Alex Fraser Bridge connecting North Delta to New Westminster and Vancouver also helped Delta's growth.

Population and people

As of 2005, Delta's population was 102,655. About 23% of Delta's population are visible minorities, of which there are approximately 12,000 South Asians and 5,400 Chinese Canadians. There are also about 1,400 Aboriginal peoples, some from Tsawwassen First Nation, who still hold a fraction of their former traditional territories on the Tsawwassen First Nation at the mouth of the Fraser River, which are shared with the Hwlitsum First Nation from the Gulf Islands

Communities

Delta comprises three distinct, geographically separate communities:

  • North Delta (pop: 51,623) is home to over half of Delta's population. It is a largely suburban area in north-east Delta bordered by the Burns Bog and Surrey.
  • Ladner (pop: 21,112) is a 19th-century fishing village in north-west Delta that has expanded into a suburb. Fishing and farming are important industries. Ladner Trunk Road is its main street.
  • Tsawwassen (pop: 20,933) is a suburban community in south-west Delta that calls itself the sunniest place in Metro Vancouver. Luxury waterfront homes line Tsawwassen's coast. Tsawwassen is also home to the busy Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal which links the mainland to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Tsawwassen, together with Ladner are also known as South Delta.

Demographics

According to the 2011 Canadian Census,[3] the population of Delta is 99,863, a 3.3% increase from 2006. The population density is 554.4 people per square km. The median age is 42.8 years old, which is a bit higher than the national median age at 40.6 years old. There are 35,781 private dwellings with an occupancy rate of 97.1%. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the median value of a dwelling in Delta is $562,181 which is significantly higher than the national average at $280,552. The median household income (after-taxes) in Delta is $71,590, quite higher than the national average at $54,089.

Delta is a fairly diverse city. The racial make up of Delta is:

  • 67.5% White
  • 17.2% South Asian; 15.6% Indian
  • 7.2% East Asian; 5.7% Chinese, 0.4% Korean, 1.0% Japanese
  • 3.2% Southeast Asian; 2.7% Filipino
  • 2.3% Aboriginal; 1.3% First Nations, 0.9% Metis
  • 0.7% Latin American
  • 0.5% Black
  • 0.1% West Asian
  • 0.1% Arab
  • 0.7% Multiracial; 1.6% including Metis
  • 0.3% Other

Most of Delta is either Christian (44.9%), or affiliates with no religion (37.1%), but there is also large Sikh (10.6%), Hindu (3.0%), Muslim (2.0%) and Buddhist (1.3%) communities. The remaining 1.1% affiliate with another religion.

Geography and climate

Delta is located 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of Vancouver and 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of the Canada–US border at Peace Arch, Surrey. It is bordered by water on three sides: The Fraser River to the north, the Georgia Strait to the west and Boundary Bay to the south. At 364 square kilometres (141 sq mi), Delta is the largest municipality in the GVRD; the second largest is its neighbour to the east, Surrey, at 317.4 square kilometres (122.5 sq mi).

Delta's flat, fertile land has made it one of the most important agricultural areas in Greater Vancouver. The Agricultural Land Reserve regulations preserve most of this land for agricultural use, preventing its conversion to suburban housing. North Delta is also home to the Burns Bog, 40 square kilometres (10,000 acres) of natural wetlands that are important for wildlife.

Government and politics

Delta is governed by the Delta Municipal Council, led by a Mayor and six Councillors, elected for four-year terms, and there is also an elected school board. The current mayor is Lois Jackson. Unlike most communities in Canada, but like Vancouver and Richmond, Delta has a system of locally based election slates such as TriDelta, IDEA, One Delta, Delta Residents Association, Delta Connect and DIVA.

In the 2013 Provincial election, the North Delta seat went to Scott Hamilton of the British Columbia Liberal Party while the South Delta seat went to independent Vicki Huntington. In the House of Commons of Canada, Delta is part of the Delta electoral district. As of the 2015 elections, Delta's MP seat is held by Carla Qualtrough of the Liberal Party.

Delta, unlike most Lower Mainland municipalities, has its own police department.

Power

In Delta is the Arnott Substation (ARN), the mainland terminal of the HVDC Vancouver Island circuit.

Health

Delta is the westernmost community served by Fraser Health Authority which operates Delta Hospital in Ladner and also funds home and community care. The Delta Hospice Society operates a facility near to the hospital.

Education

Delta Public Schools operates Anglophone public schools in the city.

The Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique operates one Francophone primary school in that city: école du Bois-joli.

Delta sports

Delta has many minor sports teams in ice hockey, soccer, football, field hockey, baseball, field lacrosse and box lacrosse. Over 160 young people play ringette in Delta. The Delta Ringette Association has 13 teams in 2005. Notable professional sports players from Delta are Jeff Francis (MLB), Justin Morneau (MLB), Brent Seabrook (NHL), Troy Brouwer (NHL) and Mitch Berger (NFL).

Delta's unique and varying terrain provides a challenging test for many of the world's best cyclists in the Tour de Delta. Since its first event in 2001, the Tour de Delta has grown to be Canada's largest cycling event, held annually in July as part of BC Superweek.

The Delta Triathlon is also a very popular event, selling out each year in April. The event takes place in Ladner from the Ladner Leisure Centre. Over 500 participants take part, including many from the local South Delta Triathlon Club.

Delta Listings

Delta Homes For Sale

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No Photo Available: 9 4728 54A Street in Ladner: Delta Manor Townhouse for sale in "THE MAPLE" : MLS®# R2360951

$848,800

9 4728 54A Street Ladner V4K 3P1 : Delta Manor

Residential Attached
4 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2013, 1,556 sq. ft.
FULLY DETACHED, 4 bedroom townhome right in the heart of Charming Ladner! Built in 2013, this home feels more like a single family house with over 1,550 sq.ft of living space and 4 bathrooms. Open concept plan luxuriously appointed with laminate floors, quartz counters... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 1210 BEACH GROVE Road in Delta: Beach Grove House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360948

$2,298,800

1210 BEACH GROVE Road Delta V4L 1N6 : Beach Grove

Residential Detached
6 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1981, 3,930 sq. ft.
Fabulous ocean view residence on Tsawwassen's exclusive Beach Grove Road. Featuring panoramic views from both levels, this completely renovated home boasts over 3,900 sq.ft, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths and undeniable quality in craftsmanship & detail of finishings. Highlights... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 5448 WILDWOOD Crescent in Delta: Cliff Drive House for sale in "CLIFF DRIVE" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360907
OPEN HOUSE

$1,149,000

5448 WILDWOOD Crescent Delta V4M 3S9 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1979, 1,918 sq. ft.
*RENOVATED* 3bed/3bath Cliff Drive Split level home! Updates include a new roof/facia/gutters, new driveway with upgraded pavers, new paint in and out, full new designer kitchen w/quarts counters and SS appliances, all new flooring, modern trim thru-out, finished with... Details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/120)
No Photo Available: 1769 55A Street in Delta: Cliff Drive House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360722

$1,399,650

1769 55A Street Delta V4M 3N2 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1972, 2,460 sq. ft.
LAND ASSEMBLY! Excellent potential here for future development near the Tsawwassen core, you are conveniently located near shops, schools, transit, rec centre, restaurants and many more amenities and this location is ideal for higher density. Please call for further... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 2 4743 54A Street in Delta: Delta Manor Townhouse for sale in "Adlington" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2360526

$729,900

2 4743 54A Street Delta V4K 2Z9 : Delta Manor

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1996, 1,462 sq. ft.
Rarely available 2-level townhome at Adlington Court! This wonderfully spacious home is perfect for a young family or downsizer. Featuring 3 large bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with 1,462 sq.ft. of living space over only 2 floors. The living room contains a gas fireplace and... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 106 4977 SPRINGS Boulevard in Tsawwassen: Cliff Drive Condo for sale in "TSAWWASSEN  SPRINGS" : MLS®# R2360840

$465,000

106 4977 SPRINGS Boulevard Tsawwassen V4M 0C1 : Cliff Drive

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2019, 630 sq. ft.
Brand New 1 bedroom condo in desirable Tsawwassen Springs This well designed 630sf ground level condo is beautifully finished with engineered hardwood flooring and 9 ft ceilings. Contemporary kitchen features Quartz counters, stainless steel appliances & soft close... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
No Photo Available: 1759 55A Street in Delta: Cliff Drive House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360737

$1,399,650

1759 55A Street Delta V4M 3N2 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1973, 2,081 sq. ft.
LAND ASSEMBLY! Excellent potential here for future development near the Tsawwassen core, you are conveniently located near shops, transit, rec centre, restaurants and many more amenities and this location is ideal for higher density. Please call for further... Details
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No Photo Available: 1733 55A Street in Delta: Cliff Drive House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360758

$1,399,650

1733 55A Street Delta V4M 3N2 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1973, 2,110 sq. ft.
LAND ASSEMBLY! Excellent potential here for future development near the Tsawwassen core, you are conveniently located near shops, schools, transit, rec centre, restaurants and many more amenities and this location is ideal for higher density. Please call for further... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 301 1250 55 Street in Delta: Cliff Drive Condo for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2360862
OPEN HOUSE

$998,000

301 1250 55 Street Delta V4M 3K3 : Cliff Drive

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1997, 1,911 sq. ft.
Fabulous Penthouse in one of Tsawwassen's finest buildings "SANDOLLAR". Gorgeous 2 bedroom & den with excellent floor plan. Totally private and huge sunny deck. Beautiful southeast views with 1911 square feet of living and only steps from all ammenities. these... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 4905 53 Street in Delta: Hawthorne House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2360394

$1,259,900

4905 53 Street Delta V4K 2Z3 : Hawthorne

Residential Detached
5 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2019, 2,525 sq. ft.
TO BE BUILT, by experienced builder with 2-5-10 yrs New Home Warranty. Well planned 3 level home with detached COACH HOUSE at rear, above double car garage. Convenient central Ladner location within walking distance to shops, restaurants, schools and transit. Call Paul... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
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