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: 314 6263 RIVER Road in Delta: East Delta Condo for sale in "RIVERHOUSE RESIDENCES" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414876


314 6263 RIVER Road Delta V4K 5E3 : East Delta

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2001, 1,521 sq. ft.
Beautiful apartment with VIEWS of the River, Mountains and Farmlands! This Top Floor condo is very spacious, lovely, tranquil and mere steps to the waters edge. Abound in nature in the Highly sought after and Prestigious RIVERHOUSE RESIDENCES! Over 1500 square feet... Details
Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 125 ALPENWOOD Lane in Delta: Tsawwassen East House for sale in "PEBBLE HILL" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2414884


125 ALPENWOOD Lane Delta V4L 2J7 : Tsawwassen East

Residential Detached
4 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1980, 3,910 sq. ft.
Welcome to 125 Alpenwood Lane - An exquisite contemporary residence located in sought "The Terrace" neighborhood. This 4 bedroom, 3,900 SF residence was completely reconstructed in 2017 with over $1M in renovations both cosmetically and mechanically. The residence was... Details
RE/MAX Westcoast
Main Photo: 1 5600 LADNER TRUNK Road in Delta: Delta Manor Townhouse for sale in "Laurel Court" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414624


1 5600 LADNER TRUNK Road Delta V4K 1X4 : Delta Manor

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1980, 1,661 sq. ft.
Set right in the heart of Ladner, this beautiful, two-story townhouse, is one of a precious few end units found in Laurel Court, a self-managed family oriented complex. A large private green space surrounds you and the spacious side yard leads right up to your sunny... Details
Keller Williams Elite Realty
Main Photo: 5178 WESTMINSTER Lane in Delta: Hawthorne House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414605


5178 WESTMINSTER Lane Delta V4K 5G3 : Hawthorne

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2008, 2,190 sq. ft.
LOCATION, LOCATION situated on Lions Park steps to Ladner Village shopping and restaurants. This 2190 sq. ft. family home has many updates including flooring, LED lighting, furnace and bathrooms. Large master bedroom with a 5 piece ensuite (tub, shower, 2 sinks) and... Details
Royal LePage Regency Realty
Main Photo: 4415 63A Street in Delta: Holly House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414832


4415 63A Street Delta V4K 4T4 : Holly

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1989, 3,596 sq. ft.
Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 180 CENTENNIAL Parkway in Delta: Boundary Beach House for sale in "BOUNDARY BAY" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2414746


180 CENTENNIAL Parkway Delta V4L 1K5 : Boundary Beach

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1964, 1,955 sq. ft.
LIVE ON CENTENNIAL BEACH in Tsawwassen - one of THE BEST BEACHES in Greater Vancouver! An amazing lifestyle choice - just 20 minutes from YVR! Enjoy the spectacular ever changing views from the North Shore Mtns over Boundary Bay to Mt Baker & south to the San Juans... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 5808 112 Street in Delta: East Delta House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414388


5808 112 Street Delta V4K 3N3 : East Delta

Residential Detached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 999, 900 sq. ft.
31.26 ACRE - FULL PRODUCTION BLUEBERRY FARM. The property offers a 900 SQ/FT home, 2 bedroom and 1 bath. The field has been planted in 2 varieties of blueberries Duke, Bluecrop totaling to approximately 27 acres planted and approximately 350,000 LBS in production in... Details
eXp Realty (Branch)
Main Photo: 4684 FOX Lane in Tsawwassen: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2414367


4684 FOX Lane Tsawwassen V4M 0A8 : Ladner Rural

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2015, 1,778 sq. ft.
A Bright & Sunny 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom sits on a nice Corner Lot!! Tsawwassen Shores is a Master Planned community just minutes from the Ocean!! Designer Chef's Kitchen, gas range & SS appliances with 21' lofted ceilings are sure to invite family and friends to... Details
Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 302 4977 SPRINGS Boulevard in Tsawwassen: Cliff Drive Condo for sale in "Tsawwassen Springs" : MLS®# R2414443


302 4977 SPRINGS Boulevard Tsawwassen V4M 0C1 : Cliff Drive

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2019, 1,022 sq. ft.
Brand new unit in the latest building at Tsawwassen Springs! Resort style golf course living at its finest! 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,022 sq.ft. plan featuring luxurious appointments throughout incl laminate flooring, granite countertops, modern kitchen w SS appliances... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 5490 4A Avenue in Delta: Pebble Hill House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2414436


5490 4A Avenue Delta V4M 1H7 : Pebble Hill

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1972, 1,958 sq. ft.
Warm and tasteful family home in Tsawwassen's desirable Pebble Hill! This well maintained, 3-level residence features nearly 2,000 sq.ft of living space on a large 7,275 sq.ft lot, 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, double car garage and a sunny, south exposed entertainers... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
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