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City of Delta

Land and People

Delta 2The City of Delta is a Canadian district municipality,* a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District of the Province of British Columbia on the peninsula surrounded by the Fraser River on the north, the Strait of Georgia on the west, Boundary Bay on the south, and the City of Surrey on the east. 120 Street from Boundary Bay north to 96 Avenue and from there west to the river forms the border between Delta and Surrey. Delta derives its name from the Fraser River Delta formed by silt deposited over millennia and crossed by several channels.

In the 2011 Census, Delta’s population was 99,863, up 3.3 percent from 2006. About 28 percent of residents are what Canadians call “visible minorities,” mainly Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean Asians. Diversity in the schools is not a problem. The Tsawwasen Indian Reserve adjacent to the causeway to the ferry terminal from points on the Vancouver Island archipelago across the Strait of Georgia, home to 1,400 aborigines, is bounded on the south by the small American portion of the peninsula below the 49th Parallel and on the north by a channel of the river delta.

Delta Communities

Delta comprises three distinct, geographically separate communities:

  • North Delta in the northeast houses over half Delta’s population. It is a mostly suburban area situated between Surrey and the Burns Bog.
  • Ladner started as a 19th-century fishing village in northwest Delta and expanded into a suburb. Historic Ladner is an active fishing village with restored 19th-century homes behind dykes that hold back the water of the raging river.
  • Tsawwassen on the ocean in southwest Delta is also suburban. Luxurious homes lining Tsawwassen’s coast reflect the economic growth of that community.

Historical Overview

Thomas and William Ladner in 1868 made a good investment in farming the area named after them. Farming and fishing sustained later settlers as the community grew. Delta incorporated in 1879 with the Village of Ladner as its administrative centre. Geography kept Delta relatively isolated until opening of the George Massey Tunnel in 1959 and redirection of BC Highway 99 in 1962 through Ladner to the tunnel linked Delta to the Richmond and Vancouver municipalities north of the river, ended the isolation, and drove an enormous population growth that brought many new schools and educational facilities to the district over the next 20 years.

Delta Information Links:

http://www.deltachamber.ca
http://sunnytsawwassen.ca
http://www.delta.ca
http://www.delta.ca/parks-recreation/sport-recreation/indoor-facilities
http://www.delta.ca/home-property-development/official-community-plan

Transport and Commerce

The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority operates a public transit bus system. SkyTrain rail stations in Surrey reach within a few kilometres of North Delta. Delta connects first to New Westminster and then to Richmond by BC Highway 91 over the massive Alex Fraser Bridge opened in 1986 and to Surrey, Langley, and all points east on BC Highway 10. Most car and truck traffic from Vancouver to the USA goes through Delta via Highway 99. Most traffic to Vancouver Island uses the BC Ferries service facilities in the Tsawwassen part of Delta.

Delta’s Boundary Bay Airport, Canada’s fifth busiest in aircraft movements is primarily for general aviation, commercial charters, and flying instruction. Vancouver International Airport, 15 miles to the northwest on Sea Island between Vancouver and Richmond, served in 2013 almost 18,000,000 passengers on daily flights to and from airports in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Economy and Sustainability

Agriculture remains vital to Delta’s economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Delta farms and food production facilities produce fruits and berries, herbs, honey, summer and winter vegetables, and meats. Farmers Markets are prominent. The Ladner Village Market is Western Canada’s largest. Delta encourages residents to grow their own vegetables. Several local nonprofit organizations make community garden plots available to residents with no land of their own.

The Fraser Delta area is a bountiful wildlife habitat that makes tourism a good investment as another major part of the economy. Burns Bog, the largest peat bog on the North American west coast, covers about 30 square miles in the east central part of the peninsula west of North Delta. The Burns Bog Conservation Society arranges tours through its trails and waterways. Over 200 migratory bird species stop at Burns Bog. The Delta Nature Reserve in the northeastern corner of Burns Bog has three loops of boardwalks and trails. Meanwhile, out on the ocean, many other tourists enjoy the pastime of whale-watching.

* District municipalities are those greater than eight square kilometers (five square miles) in area with a population density of fewer than 500 per square kilometer (800/square mile). At 141 square miles, Delta has the largest municipal land area in the district; its neighbour to the east, Surrey, is second largest at 122.

New Delta Live MLS Listings

Delta, BC, Vancouver

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  • 13240 STEVESTON Highway in Richmond: East Richmond Home for sale : MLS® # R2211103

    Main Photo: 13240 STEVESTON Highway in Richmond: East Richmond Home for sale : MLS® # R2211103
    $43,000,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2211103
    This beautiful 103.2 acres of fruit, vegetable and livestock farmland has lots to offer! This property has an amazing frontage on Steveston Highway. The subject property is located in South Richmond on Steveston Highway between Sidaway and No 6 Road. This location provides direct access to Highway #99 leading to the recently completed South Fraser Perimeter Road - a four lane expressway designed to improve the movement of goods across the region. It is only minutes away from Silvercity Riverport Cinemas, Watermania, Ironwood Shopping Centre and many other amenities nearby. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 3894 ARTHUR Drive in Ladner: Ladner Rural Home for sale : MLS® # R2178296

    Main Photo: 3894 ARTHUR Drive in Ladner: Ladner Rural Home for sale : MLS® # R2178296
    $21,928,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178296
    112 acres of excellent investment property in the Heart of Ladner. This property has a frontage of almost 1100 feet on Hwy 17 for high exposure. Access from Arthur Drive, City Hall/hospital, rec centre, parks & shopping (Tsawwassen Mills) are all in close proximity. The land itself has been laser leveled & is leased out annually. Only minutes to Richmond, BC Ferries & the Delta Port. This type of centrally located property does not come often so hurry on this one. More details
    Century 21 Coastal Realty (Surrey) Ltd.
  • 2810 57B Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale in "Farm ARea" (Ladner) : MLS® # R2132331

    Main Photo: 2810 57B Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale in "Farm ARea" (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2132331
    $13,940,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2132331
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,298 sq. ft.
    34.85 Acres of prime fertile farmland with 8 year old character rancher with vaulted ceilings in Great Room, wide open concept & super comfortable. Property offers a great location between Tsawwassen & Ladner, just minutes to Tsawwassen Mills, Ferries and all major roadways. Property has been leased for years to local farmer with a variety of crops and would be ideal for blueberries. Call L/S Re: future potential. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 2990 57B Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner) : MLS® # R2169891

    Main Photo: 2990 57B Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2169891
    $11,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2169891
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,800 sq. ft.
    23 ACRE parcel in PRIME DELTA location! Adjacent to BC Railway, DeltaPort Highway and near new industrial park developments at TFN. Subject property is also next to Highway 17 & 17a interchange. Property currently used as an equestrian centre with indoor riding ring, outdoor arena, round pen, and 3 liveable homes. Excellent income available on this property currently with potential for future use changes. More details
    RE/MAX Progroup Realty
  • 5606 96 Street in Delta: East Delta House for sale (Ladner) : MLS® # R2221069

    Main Photo: 5606 96 Street in Delta: East Delta House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2221069
    $9,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221069
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,740 sq. ft.
    Great Location! Renowned top quality 80 Acre blueberry farm, top crop soils, fully tile drained, local Canadian operator, prof. managed 30 years+. GAAP Cert. and CFIA-CANADIAN INSPECTION AGENCY approved for exporting to US and China. Highest standard farm, 7 varieties of blueberries, incl duke/bluecrop & hardiblue, new/state of the art 650 SqFt irrig. & fert. pump house, full harvest equipment, over 23,000 SqFt farm buildings, 2 homes include 2,800 SqFt 4-bedroom rancher (renovated in 2016) & newer 3-bedroom mobile - immaculate. Additional 10 acres planted in 2014 with anticipated early production increasing. Hwy #99 access is 1.5 km. Vancouver D/T 40 mins, Richmond/White Rock 15 mins. Call now for private showing, cannot miss this. More details
    Royal Pacific Riverside Realty
  • 12951 RICE MILL Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224884

    Main Photo: 12951 RICE MILL Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224884
    $8,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224884
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,535 sq. ft.
    Excellent opportunity to own this huge acreage of 12.16 acres in Richmond. Currently farmed with corn and orchards. The property features spacious 7 bedroom family home, workshop and numerous outbuildings. Invest now to hold property and plan to build your dream mansion in the future. Located just minutes from shopping and all amenities. More details
    Royal LePage Regency Realty
  • 12120 NO 5 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale : MLS® # R2203574

    Main Photo: 12120 NO 5 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale : MLS® # R2203574
    $7,988,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2203574
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,475 sq. ft.
    HUGE HUGE LAND! 1.655 ACRES lot (approx. 422' x 171.94') on the Blue Line with rezoning potential. Invest now and hold this property for future appreciation. Lots of industrial properties nearby. Access to the ferry thru tunnel and the future construction of the bridge to Tsawwassen. Easy access to Hwy 99. **DOUBLE EXPOSURE, ALSO LISTED AS AGRI-BUSINESS, MLS #C8014669** More details
    RE/MAX 2000 Realty
  • 3200 WESTHAM ISLAND Road in Delta: Westham Island House for sale (Ladner) : MLS® # R2205448

    Main Photo: 3200 WESTHAM ISLAND Road in Delta: Westham Island House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2205448
    $7,888,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205448
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,385 sq. ft.
    Once in a lifetime opportunity! Original owner estate property on ultra-exclusive Westham Island. Situated just minutes from Ladner and Tsawwassen and nearby Reifel Bird Sanctuary, you find this incredibly manicured 55 acre parcel of land with custom luxury residence. This immaculately maintained home offers an expansive one level floorplan including gourmet kitchen, traditional living & dining areas, executive office, 3 large bedrooms including well appointed master suite, detached outbuilding with multiple garage bays, shop area and much much more! This truly must be seen to be appreciated. 54 acre farm leased to local farmer. Contact listing agent for more details. By private appointment only. Do not enter property without permission. More details
    RE/MAX Progroup Realty
  • 2975 53 Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale in "West Ladner" (Ladner) : MLS® # R2225075

    Main Photo: 2975 53 Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale in "West Ladner" (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2225075
    $6,288,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2225075
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,538 sq. ft.
    Almost square 17.34 acre parcel with English style country home with 25 X 50 10 stall barn, hay field and generous pasture area is ideally located between Tsawwassen & Ladner and is just 5 minutes to both town's, new mall, ferries, private school, transportation and more. The property has been used as an equestrian facility for decades and current tenant is very happy to stay for long term. This acreage is located close to railroad tracks in an area of transitional properties, call L/S for future potential of this property. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 2447 56 Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner) : MLS® # R2153172

    Main Photo: 2447 56 Street in Delta: Ladner Rural House for sale (Ladner)  : MLS® # R2153172
    $5,998,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2153172
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,330 sq. ft.
    Invest in Delta! Stunning acreage opportunity in a prime South Delta location perfectly positioned between Ladner & Tsawwassen and just steps to the new Tsawwassen Mills & Tsawwassen Commons Shopping Centres! This 24.75 acre parcel features an established blueberry farm yielding approx. 300,000 lbs per annum in addition to a custom built 10 year old, 3,300+ sqft luxury residence w detached shop/barn. Contact for more details. Also listed on commercial mls (C8011695). More details
    RE/MAX Progroup Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2017
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