Delta, Vancouver


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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Main Photo: 6378 45B Avenue in Delta: Holly House for sale in "HOLLY" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2328306


6378 45B Avenue Delta V4K 4T6 : Holly

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1989, 2,407 sq. ft.
Perfect Family Home in very desirable Holly area of Ladner close to Holly Park & Holly Elementary! Super Cul-de-Sac location with great neighbours in the area! The home features an excellent traditional functional floor plan- Living area with Gas Fireplace and Cross... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 5340 10 Avenue in Delta: Tsawwassen Central House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2327958


5340 10 Avenue Delta V4M 1X7 : Tsawwassen Central

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1968, 2,266 sq. ft.
Tsawwassen central area large 9203 SF lot (73 x 120) with southern exposed rear yard.Solid 2-level basement home partial renovated on 2017 includes: new painting, new laminate floor, new lights, new plumbing etc. one unauthorized suite below with separate entrance... Details
LeHomes Realty First
Main Photo: 1596 GILLESPIE Road in Delta: Beach Grove House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2327885


1596 GILLESPIE Road Delta V4L 1W1 : Beach Grove

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1976, 2,719 sq. ft.
5 bdrms, 3 full baths with legal suite, newly renovated home across Beach Grove Golf Course in a super convenient location, Generous bright new kitchen w/S/steel appliances, granite counters & lovely floor tiles overlooking a huge, sundrenched deck for your outdoor... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 47 5551 ADMIRAL Way in Ladner: Neilsen Grove Townhouse for sale in "BEAUFORT LANDING" : MLS®# R2328225


47 5551 ADMIRAL Way Ladner V4K 0C9 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Attached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2018, 1,981 sq. ft.
This 4 bed, 3.5 bath comer home is part of Polygon's Beaufort Landing, a collection of townhomes in the vibrant masterplanned community of Hampton Cove. Enjoy 1, 980 sq. ft. of open living space with overheight ceilings, laminate wood flooring and a deck. This chef's... Details
Polygon Realty Limited
Main Photo: 5680 GROVE Avenue in Delta: Hawthorne House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2327992


5680 GROVE Avenue Delta V4K 2A9 : Hawthorne

Residential Detached
4 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1965, 2,368 sq. ft.
Highly updated 2 level home on Ladner's highly desirable Grove Avenue! This 4 bedroom residence features beautiful renovations including new flooring, newer kitchens, gorgeous bathrooms, large sundeck, hot tub, heated shed, concrete driveway and a lower level 1 bedroom... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
No Photo Available: 78 5550 ADMIRAL Way in Ladner: Neilsen Grove Townhouse for sale : MLS®# R2327967


78 5550 ADMIRAL Way Ladner V4K 0C4 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Attached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2017, 1,380 sq. ft.
Welcome to the FAIRWINDS by Polygon, riverside inspired townhouse in desirable community of Hampton Cove which is located HYW99 South & River Rod in Ladner. This brand new three level Townhouse with 3 bed and 3 bath, a private fenced raised garden yard forcing south... Details
LeHomes Realty First
Main Photo: 5173 2 Avenue in Delta: Pebble Hill House for sale in "PEBBLE HILL" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2327742


5173 2 Avenue Delta V4M 3P5 : Pebble Hill

Residential Detached
5 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2016, 4,956 sq. ft.
Luxurious, large family home in desirable Pebble Hill. Perfect for large or extended family-complete with 4 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, gorgeous chef's kitchen with large separate Wok kitchen - absolutely perfect for entertaining (all with high-end stainless steel... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 4958 WILLOW SPRINGS Avenue in Tsawwassen: Cliff Drive House for sale : MLS®# R2327787


4958 WILLOW SPRINGS Avenue Tsawwassen V4M 0A7 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2018, 2,431 sq. ft.
Welcome to the most desirable new community-Tsawwassen Spring! This gorgeous home features 10' ceiling with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It welcomes you with shaker cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, 10 foot ceilings, geothermal heating, and a... Details
LeHomes Realty First
Main Photo: 96 66A Street in Delta: Boundary Beach House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2327415


96 66A Street Delta V4L 1M4 : Boundary Beach

Residential Detached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1991, 2,229 sq. ft.
SPACIOUS RANCHER w/loft in a private, peaceful & perfect location! A young home with open concept & one-level living on a unique 10,890 sq. ft. lot. Ideal for those looking to downsize but still want a generous yard for privacy, entertaining & gardening. The added bonus... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 247 5421 10 Avenue in Delta: Tsawwassen Central Condo for sale in "Sundial Villa" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2327936


247 5421 10 Avenue Delta V4M 3T9 : Tsawwassen Central

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1976, 745 sq. ft.
Sundial Villa! Updated one bedroom facing into landscaped courtyard! Top floor, neighbor only on one side! Open concept living/dining area with laminate flooring, kitchen with pass through to dining area. Large bedroom and updated four piece bathroom! Balcony is... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Listing information last updated on December 19, 2018 at 03:19 AM (UTC)

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