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: 4891 COLEMAN Place in Delta: Hawthorne House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2342902


4891 COLEMAN Place Delta V4K 3H8 : Hawthorne

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1971, 1,767 sq. ft.
In search of the perfect family home? Look no further! Beautifully renovated 3 level split on large 8245sq/ft culdesac lot steps to Bell Park! Nothing was spared with this reno done all under permits. Gorgeous new open concept kitchen with brand new s/s appliances... Details
Zolo Realty
Main Photo: 1742 ENDERBY Avenue in Delta: Beach Grove House for sale in "BEACH GROVE" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2342553


1742 ENDERBY Avenue Delta V4L 1T1 : Beach Grove

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1976, 2,009 sq. ft.
BEACH GROVE updated family home - steps to school, park & beach !!! This bright & spacious 4 bed 3 bath home has a beautiful NEW kitchen opening to eating area & living room with doors to spacious wrap around deck, boasting mountain, sunrise & sunset views! Features... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 5160 STEVENS Drive in Delta: Tsawwassen Central House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2342471


5160 STEVENS Drive Delta V4M 1N7 : Tsawwassen Central

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1967, 2,328 sq. ft.
Beautiful renovated 4 bedroom home on a large private lot (7,492 sqft) with a nice south facing backyard. Located in a family oriented neighbourhood in the heart of central Tsawwassen with walking distance to high school, elementary school, Winskill Aquatic Centre... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 28 4787 57 Street in Delta: Delta Manor Townhouse for sale in "VILLAGE GREEN" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2341993


28 4787 57 Street Delta V4K 4C7 : Delta Manor

Residential Attached
4 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2003, 1,579 sq. ft.
A bright and spacious 4 bed, 4 bath end unit in Ladner's highly sought after, and well managed, Village Green. One of the largest layouts in the complex, complete with a large and sun drenched south facing patio off of the kitchen, living and dining room - perfect for... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 222 1120 TSATSU SHORES Drive in Delta: English Bluff Condo for sale in "TSATSU SHORES" (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2342158


222 1120 TSATSU SHORES Drive Delta V4M 4G3 : English Bluff

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1996, 743 sq. ft.
WATERFRONT LIVING at Tsatsu Shores! Tranquil & scenic views from this 1 bedroom condo overlooking the lagoon. Spacious open layout with updated flooring, lighting and paint. This complex is well maintained and offers exercise room, amenity room, workshop... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 22 5661 LADNER TRUNK Road in Ladner: Hawthorne Condo for sale in "Oak Glen Terrace" : MLS®# R2341321


22 5661 LADNER TRUNK Road Ladner V4K 1X3 : Hawthorne

Residential Attached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1990, 829 sq. ft.
Excellent 829 sq. ft. 2 bedroom condo in Oak Glen Terrace! Top floor unit with in-suite laundry. Building has been proactively maintained over the years, with a newer roof, hot water boiler etc.! Large South East exposed balcony, walk to Historic Ladner Village in... Details
Sutton Premier Realty
Main Photo: 98 5900 FERRY Road in Delta: Neilsen Grove Townhouse for sale in "CHESAPEAKE LANDING" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2342014


98 5900 FERRY Road Delta V4K 5C3 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2000, 2,141 sq. ft.
Welcome to Chesapeake Landing - a masterfully designed community with RESORT LIKE AMENITIES! This is the most highly sought after layout in the entire development! Side by side double car garage, MASTER BEDROOM on a the MAIN FLOOR, vaulted ceilings throughout the... Details
RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 3560 40 Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2342076


3560 40 Street Delta V4K 3N2 : Ladner Rural

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1974, 3,783 sq. ft.
Stunning 2 acre estate! This 4 bed, games room & 3 bath home is situated on a private street. Main floor offers a great room, family room, den & mudroom with hardwood floors throughout. Custom kitchen features large island, 2 pull out pantries, gas stove and wall oven... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 1400 WINDSOR Crescent in Delta: Cliff Drive House for sale (Tsawwassen)  : MLS®# R2342521


1400 WINDSOR Crescent Delta V4M 3C2 : Cliff Drive

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1968, 2,563 sq. ft.
Fresh, Current and On Trend, 1400 Windsor Cres is a Dream come True. Main Floor Living makes it very easy to Imagine yourself preparing dinner and watching the little ones playing in the fenced backyard or reading a book in the Sun drenched living room or how about a... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 51 5551 ADMIRAL Way in Ladner: Neilsen Grove Townhouse for sale in "BEAUFORT LANDING" : MLS®# R2341870


51 5551 ADMIRAL Way Ladner V4K 0C9 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Attached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2018, 1,850 sq. ft.
This new executive townhome in Polygon's Beaufort Landing, then newest collection of homes in the established masterplan community of Hampton Cove, is steps from Marina, golf course, and a resort style clubhouse. This 1,850 sq ft 4 bedroom home features overheight main... Details
Polygon Realty Limited
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