Ladner, Vancouver

Ladner was created as a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River. It is a part of the Municipality of Delta, British Columbia, Canada, and a suburb of Vancouver.

Named for Thomas and William Ladner, who came to the area in 1868 and began large farming and fishing operations, it developed as a centre for these operations. The ferry at Captain's Cove allowed for access across the river to Richmond, British Columbia. The George Massey Tunnel provided a permanent connection in 1959.

Ladner and its suburban neighbour to the south, Tsawwassen, make up the unofficial region known as "South Delta".


Like many areas around the Fraser River on what is now Greater Vancouver the area on the south side of the south arm of the Fraser was named for the original Europeans to settle there. First called Ladner's Landing, the area was settled by Thomas Ellis Ladner (1837-1922) and William Henry Ladner (1826-1907). They had travelled from their home in Cornwall, UK to pursue the gold rush in California and later on the Fraser River. Settling on the area of the Fraser River Delta either side of the Chilukthan Slough in 1868, both turned to farming and fishing.

Location and features

Ladner is bound to the west by the Strait of Georgia, the south by Tsawwassen, to the east by North Delta, and north by the Fraser River. Ladner is bisected by Highway 17A, which runs north-south from Highway 99 to the BC Ferries terminal. The term East Ladner is often applied to the portion of the community east of the highway. The major east-west artery is called Ladner Trunk Road - which, if traveled far enough east, turns into Highway 10. West of Arthur Drive, a north-south road that connects it with Tsawwassen, it is simply called 47A Avenue.

River Road runs east from the north end of Highway 17 along the Fraser River into North Delta and Surrey. The area between Highway 17 and North Delta is referred to as Tilbury and is one of the major industrial centres of the Lower Mainland, with many large warehouses, industrial parks and factories.

Lying to the south of the delta of the Fraser River, there are numerous islands just off the mainland that are part of Ladner. Most are small and only reachable by boat, with exceptions like Westham Island, which hosts a large bird sanctuary and is dedicated to protecting and preserving the numerous bird species found in the area, especially bald eagles and various owl species. Westham Island is a fairly large island and a popular destination for its numerous organic farms, especially its berry farms.

A major feature of Ladner is the portion called Ladner Village, which is in the section of the town north of Ladner Trunk Road and west of Arthur Drive. This is a heritage community with wide, boulevarded sidewalks, open-air cafes and local shops. There are some heritage residences in this area, mostly built in the 1930s, but apartment complexes replaced many of them some decades back. The Delta Museum and Archives are in the centre of Ladner Village, along with a town clock that is amongst the oldest in the Lower Mainland.

On Ladner Trunk Road, east of Arthur Drive, two malls with supermarkets, major restaurants and other modern shops and services is found. The town is experiencing a boom of condominium development in this area, and the population is growing accordingly. Numerous parks are found throughout the community, especially along the canals which used to be used for transport through the area. No longer passable for boats, today they are still clean and fresh enough to allow fishing along their banks.

Ladner is home to two public swimming pools, one of which is an older outdoor facility located near the public library and community centre. A much larger pool is located on Harvest Drive next to the Municipal Hall in the Ladner Leisure Centre. This indoor pool features a large 25m main pool, a smaller leisure pool, a swirl pool, sauna and rock climbing wall. Also located in this facility is a skating rink and a gymnasium partially funded by Vancouver's Junior Hockey Team, the Vancouver Giants.

Ladner is the location of the Delta Municipal Hall, police station, and the Delta Hospital. Public education is administered by School District 37 Delta. Schools include Delta Secondary School and K-7 elementary schools including Hawthorne, Delta Manor, Holly, Ladner, Port Guichon and Neilson Grove Elementary School. Independent K-7 schools Sacred Heart and Delta Christian also serve local students.

On March 1, 2006, Ladner made national headlines when an out-of-control house party resulted in hospitalization of the 13-year-old host for alcohol poisoning and nearly CA$70,000 in damage. A 13-year-old boy was also hospitalized with injuries to his head, with temporary memory loss. It was the third such party in South Delta in the last year.

Holidays and attractions

Each spring Ladner hosts the Ladner Pioneer May Days (commonly referred to by residents simply as May Days), the longest-running festival in Delta, which was first celebrated in 1896. It is held on the weekend following the holiday commemorating Queen Victoria's birthday. It includes a parade, a carnival, and many other local events.

Every other Sunday during the summer months the major streets in the village are reserved for Ladner Village Market, a farmer's market featuring live music, food, entertainment, fresh local produce and homemade arts and crafts. Vendors from as far away as Kelowna and Vancouver Island, along with many local farmers and artisans, set up stalls selling hand-crafted and locally grown products. This market has become a major draw to the community, attracting thousands of out-of-town visitors each market day.

In September 2008 Ladner and Delta hosted Delta Rivermania, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Simon Fraser's journey down the Fraser River. It was a weekend long event that lasted from September 26–28, 2008. It included theatrical performances, a pancake breakfast, clam chowder cookoff, midnight market and street entertainment. It was the final weekend of BC Rivermania celebrations, part of the BC 150.


Delta is serviced by Newfoundland-based Delta Cable for TV, internet, and phone services, one of only a very few areas in Canada not serviced by Rogers Cable or Shaw Cable.

Telephone services are run primarily by Telus. The CO Code servicing Ladner for years was 946, but as the population expanded, new numbers - 940 in the early 1990s and 952 recently - were added.

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No Photo Available: 5233 WESTMINSTER Avenue in Delta: Neilsen Grove House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307846


5233 WESTMINSTER Avenue Delta V4K 2J4 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Detached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1957, 1,446 sq. ft.
Updated and cozy rancher on one of West Ladner's favourite streets, Westminster Avenue! Offering nearly 1,500 sq.ft of living space and a large, 8,969 sq.ft rectangular lot, this home has been upgraded with a newer roof, windows, flooring, kitchen and bathrooms, HW tank... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 5362 BRIGANTINE Road in Delta: Neilsen Grove House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307765


5362 BRIGANTINE Road Delta V4K 4Z3 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1993, 2,206 sq. ft.
Marina Graden!Fabulous well kept 4 bed, 3 bath family home in a Premier Ladner neighbourhood. Facing south onto a picturesque tidal waterway featuring birds and private greenery outlook. Cozy living room and Separate family room with gas F/P, eat in Kitchen with... Details
Amex - Sunrich Realty
Main Photo: 4768 48B Street in Delta: Ladner Elementary Townhouse for sale in "VILLAGE WALK" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307331


4768 48B Street Delta V4K 1T3 : Ladner Elementary

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 1,885 sq. ft.
One of a kind townhome offering the only unit in the complex with a double side by side plus workshop garage. This is the largest home on the corner with extra windows and an oversized walk out deck. The spacious open plan with 9 ft. ceilings throughout offers... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: D204 4845 53 Street in Delta: Hawthorne Condo for sale in "Ladner Pointe" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307119


D204 4845 53 Street Delta V4K 2Z3 : Hawthorne

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1990, 678 sq. ft.
Hot Hot Hot!!! Bright and sunny, south facing 1 bedroom unit in the quietest building at Ladner Pointe. Fully rainscreened complex with updated siding, windows, balconies and roof. Leave the car at home as this unbeatable location is just steps to all local amenities... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
No Photo Available: 4836 45 Avenue in Delta: Ladner Elementary House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307141


4836 45 Avenue Delta V4K 1J8 : Ladner Elementary

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1980, 2,568 sq. ft.
Superb home in a central location! This extensively-updated 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house is perfect for any family looking to move right in and enjoy! Just a few of the many features include: new kitchen with solid wood cabinets and soft close drawers (2016), new roof... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 119 4889 53 Street in Delta: Hawthorne Condo for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2306462


119 4889 53 Street Delta V4K 2Z3 : Hawthorne

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1989, 1,112 sq. ft.
Spacious ground floor end unit at Green Gables. Quiet, well kept 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with large patio and private fenced backyard. Offering 1112 sqft of living space with tasteful updates including newer flooring, kitchen and bathroom renovations, a gas... Details
One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 4754 CANNERY Crescent in Delta: Ladner Elementary House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2306741


4754 CANNERY Crescent Delta V4K 3Y9 : Ladner Elementary

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1979, 2,026 sq. ft.
Beautiful 4 bedroom family home with master on the main floor, in a nice quiet neighborhood. This home has had extensive updates in recent years including windows, hardwood flooring throughout, kitchen and bathrooms and more! Nice open concept offers spacious living and... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 57 5551 ADMIRAL Way in Delta: Neilsen Grove Townhouse for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307892


57 5551 ADMIRAL Way Delta V0V 0V0 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Attached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2018, 1,981 sq. ft.
This 4 bed, 3.5 bath corner 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: 5215 FERRY Road in Delta: Neilsen Grove House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2306790


5215 FERRY Road Delta V4K 3M8 : Neilsen Grove

Residential Detached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1957, 2,142 sq. ft.
A nature-lover's paradise! This rare 18,536sqft property is ready for the right new owners. Steps to Ladner marsh, this park-like property offers a beautifully diverse landscape that attracts many birds and continuously evolves all year round. Amidst extensive plant... Details
Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 210 4738 53 Street in Delta: Delta Manor Condo for sale in "SUNNYDALE 1" (Ladner)  : MLS®# R2307174


210 4738 53 Street Delta V4K 2Z1 : Delta Manor

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1991, 1,032 sq. ft.
Large and bright 2 bed, 2 bath corner unit in Sunningdale building 2. Newer laminate floors, paint, 9' ceilings, gas fireplace and a great deck. The large kitchen has an eating area and a window to allow for lots of natural light. This complex is well managed with... Details
Royal LePage Regency Realty
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