Living in Delta, British Columbia
Delta is the largest municipality of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Located at the delta of the Fraser River and having rich soils and water, Delta is one of the most important agricultural areas in Metro Vancouver.
Just 27 kilometers from Vancouver, Delta is home to many people who prefer to live and raise their families in safe, quiet neighbourhoods, surrounded by nature, and, if necessary, to commute every day to other cities to work. Delta is ideal for nature lovers with its parks, bike and walking trails, islands and wildlife.
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Delta enjoys one of the mildest climates in Canada. Winter is not as cold as in other cities in the country and there is very little snow. The daily average temperature in January is 2.8?C. Extremes are rare. The coldest recorded day was December 12, 1972, when the temperatures dropped to -16.1?C. Summer in Delta is sunny and warm but seldom hot. In July and August the average temperature is 16.9?C. The hottest recorded day was in May 1983 when Delta experienced 33?C. Unlike many Canadian cities where summer replaces winter in a matter of few weeks, even days, Delta has genuine fresh spring. Autumn is cool and pleasant.
A network of buses and community shuttles run through Delta and connect it to other communities. Translink, The Greater Vancouver Transit Authority, is responsible for the bus routes and schedules in Delta.
Translink covers three fare zones fare zones and Delta is in the Green Zone. Fare prices depend on the number of zone boundaries a passenger crosses during a trip. Transit Fare holders can do unlimited transfers within 90-minute period throughout the number of zones printed on their tickets. Passengers who pay on the bus must have exact coin fare. Frequent travelers save money by using Prepaid Fare Media. On weekdays after 6:30 pm and on weekends and holidays commuters travel everywhere on a one-zone fare.
Children under the age of four ride for free. Concession fares apply to children aged 5-13, high-school students, and seniors aged 65+.
Highway 99 links Delta to Richmond via the George Massey Tunnel.
Highway 91 and Alex Fraser Bridge link North Delta to New Westminster and Richmond.
Highway 10 links Delta to Surrey, Langley and all points eastward.
Highway 17 has a Lower Mainland and a Vancouver Island sections joined by the Tsawwassen B.C. Ferry Terminal.
River Road is a trucking route that starts in Surrey, heads westbound through North Delta, under the Alex Fraser Bridge, north of Burns Bog, and terminates at Highway 99, where it becomes Highway 17.
Ladner Trunk Road links Ladner and Tsawwassen to North Delta and communities to the east. East of its crossover of Highway 99, Ladner Trunk Road becomes Highway 10.
Places of worship
For a list of churches in Delta, click here.
Muslims in Delta can refer to the Surrey/Delta Branch of the BC Muslim Association.
Sikhs in Delta can visit Guru Nana Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey. It is one of the leading Sikh temples in Canada.
Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in British Columbia
Delta’s population is about 100,000. The highest per cent of the people in the municipality are of European origins, mostly from the UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. There are also many immigrants from the US. 2006 Census Profile showed that 23% of the population was visible minorities, of which 12,000 people were South Asians and 5,400 Chinese.
North Delta is the most populous of the three Delta communities. Most of its residents are middle-class people who commute daily to Vancouver or to other places to work.
Ladner is a community proud of preserving the atmosphere of a 19th century fishing village. Many of its residents are involved in farming and fishing.
Tsawwassen is a rich community with beautiful houses. It is also home to the Tsawwassen Indian Reserve.
Because of its fertile soil Delta is one of the most important agricultural areas in Metro Vancouver. The regulations of the Agricultural Land Reserve prevent Delta’s land from conversion to suburban housing. One of Delta’s communities, Ladner, is traditionally a farming and fishing village.
Nevertheless, North Delta, the community located in the north-east of Delta, is a suburban area with more than 51,623 residents. It is largely a middle-class bedroom community, which means that most of the workforce has their homes in Delta but commutes daily to work in the nearby cities and industrial areas.
Tsawwassen acts as the location of the shooting of many films. Some of the productions that used Tsawwassen sights were The X-files, Jumanji, Smallville, Insomnia and X-men: The Last Stand.
Finding a Home
Delta comprises three neighbourhoods which are very different from each other: North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwasen.
North Delta is the largest residential area and home to more than a half of the municipality’s population. Affordable housing attracts many immigrants and Canadians, who choose to live in this neighbourhood and commute daily to work in other locations. The average price for a detached house is $525,200, for a townhouse is $295,200 and for an apartment is $171,200.
Ladner together with Tsawwasen are called South Delta. Ladner is a historic fishing village. Many of the building reflect an earlier era. Ladner’s real estate market consists of ranch-style houses, duplexes, waterfront townhouses, riverfront condos and floating homes. The average price for a house is $686, 384, for a townhouse is $477,668 and for an apartment is $344,493. Tsawwasen is a rich neighbourhood with single-family dwellings, low-rise townhouses and apartments and luxury waterfront homes. On the southeast corner of the peninsular is Boundary Bay also known as Boundary Beach. The Tsawwasen Ferry Terminal links the mainland to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. Tsawwasen also provides the only road access to Point Roberts, Washington. The average price for a detached house in Tsawwasen is $724,000 for a townhouse is $457,000 and for an apartment is $333,000.
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Every new resident of Delta should find a family physician. On its website, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia provides a list of physicians accepting new patients. If necessary, family physicians refer their patients to specialists and to hospitals. Patients who have not found family doctors can go to walk-in clinics.
To citizens of North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen Delta Hospital provides 24-hour emergency, out-patient and in-patient care. It is a community hospital located in Ladner. It offers surgical daycare services, general radiography, ultrasound, mammography, cardiac services, outpatient laboratory services, diabetes education and others. The telephone of the hospital is 604-946-1121.
North Delta Public Health Unit (Tel. 604-507-5400) and South Delta Public Health Unit (tel.604-952-3550) provide annual influenza program, early childhood development services, hearing clinic services, vision and hearing screening, tuberculosis testing, parenting education and support and dental care.
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Delta School District has 24 elementary schools, seven secondary schools and it is represented by nearly 16,000 students. It also maintains the Delview Adult Centre and the Delta Resource Centre.
Parents seeking an alternative to traditional classroom-base instruction can choose Home Quest, a Ministry funded Distributed Learning program.
Delta School District offers French Immersion programs which provide students with the opportunity to become bilingual and to increase the chances for successful careers. The District also works with Canadian Parents for French – Delta Chapter in promoting French in the community. Canadian Parents for French organizes language camps and offers scholarships. Adults and children can also enroll French courses at L’Alliance Française in Delta.
Delta has many beautiful parks and scenic trails for walking, hiking, biking, in-line skating and horseback riding.
Bird watching is a popular activity in Delta and attracts tourists from around the world. As Delta it is located on the Pacific Flyway, more than five million migratory birds stop in the area every year. The most famous place for watching birds is Boundary Bay.
The shallow waters and sandy bottoms of Boundary Bay also attract windsurfers, skim, kite and paddle boarders.
One of the biggest recreational centres in Delta is the Ladner Leisure Centre. It offers swimming pools, swirl, aquatic climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course, sauna, weight room, fitness studio and ice arena. In front of the facility there is a skate park.