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Kiteboarders and ferry captains both ply their trade in the Strait of Georgia that’s on Delta’s western boundary.

Delta retains its small town charm

The City of Delta lies in the extreme southwestern corner of mainland Canada. It is bounded on the north by the Fraser River, the west by the Strait of Georgia, the south by Boundary Bay and the American border, and on the east by the City of Surrey. Historically, Delta has been a farming and fishing community. With the growth of Vancouver and the opening of the George Massey Tunnel in 1959, Delta’s urban areas became bedroom communities, but it still boasts small town charm and a more relaxed atmosphere. The city is divided into three main population centres: North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. North Delta is the most populated of the three and is situated in the upland area along the city’s

Farming has been a major industry since Delta was incorporated in 1879. northeast boundary with Surrey. The village of Ladner is situated on the south bank of the Fraser River and was the original centre of population in Delta. It remains home of city hall, the police station and Delta Hospital. Tsawwassen, including Boundary Bay and Beach Grove, is located in the southwest corner of the city on what was once Roberts

Island. Over the years silt from the Fraser River connected the island to the mainland and Roberts is now a point, not an island. Farmland in the west and Burns Bog in the east separate the urbanized areas of Delta. Delta, which was incorporated in 1879, is the second largest city in terms of geography in Greater Vancouver, covering an area of

336 square kilometres. It is home to a little more than 100,000 people. Delta’s climate is characterized by mild winters and moderate summers. It has more hours of sunshine per year than any other community in the Lower Mainland. The city is known as a haven for birds and is home to the 340-hectare George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island. Delta is always near the top in the entire country in the Christmas Bird Count. Delta is a focal point for transportation corridors between the major population centres in the region: Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The ferry terminal at the end of Highway 17 in Tsawwassen serves as the main gateway to Vancouver Island from the mainland.

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Ladner brothers could see farm potential Ladner was the original settlement in Delta. It was founded in 1868 by two British gold-seeking brothers, Thomas and William Ladner, when they returned from the Cariboo gold rush. Having noted the area’s agricultural potential on their way to the gold fields, they each claimed 64 hectares on their return. Farming is still one of the area’s major industries. Over the years Ladner grew as a fishing village and service centre for the surrounding farms. In 1879, municipal status was granted. Until 1959 when the George Massey Tunnel was built, Ladner was connected by ferry with Richmond across the south arm

Ladner has been urbanized, but it’s still an agricultural centre that produces many crops, including U-pick strawberry fields. of the Fraser River. Ladner remains primarily a bedroom community of Vancouver. Delta Hospital, city hall,

the Ladner Leisure Centre, Delta police headquarters and the Delta school board office are all located in the civic centre in Ladner,

which is also the site of a now-closed, century-old harness racetrack at Paterson Park. Despite the recent growth, Ladner retains its village atmosphere with a quaint commercial core. There are also shopping malls along Ladner Trunk Road. Ladner offers much for the outdoors-type, with an expanded Millennium Trail, vast bird watching opportunities and a myriad of natural areas. It’s also home to a multitude of festivals and activities, including a May Days celebration that’s more than a century old and the Ladner Village Market, which brings thousands to town on Sundays in the summer.

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Enviable lifestyle in sunny Tsawwassen

Tsawwassen is situated on the Canadian portion of the uplands that formed Roberts Island and is named after the original First Nation settlers. The community is bounded on the west by the Strait of Georgia, on the east by Boundary Bay, and on the south by the American border. Farmland, and then Ladner, are northward. Tsawwassen, over the last six decades, has developed into an attractive community that maintains a small town feel while being close to a major population centre. Its residents are fiercely protective of their enviable quality of life. Tsawwassen’s population consists primarily of

Tsawwassen plays host to the Sun Festival every summer. families, although a growing number of seniors take advantage of its terrific weather and quieter lifestyle. The community, with its mild, sunny climate, is a gardener’s paradise. Centennial Beach, which forms part of Boundary Bay

Regional Park, is noted for its warm water for swimming in summer. The park features a concession, picnic facilities, play fields, nature trails and vast natural habitat. It is a great spot for bird watching. The ferry terminal, which

links the mainland to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, is on the western edge of the community at the end of Highway 17. Tsawwassen has a full range of services available to the traveller, including shopping centres, a hotel, restaurants and gas stations. Tsawwassen hosts the Sun Festival on the B.C. Day long weekend (the first weekend in August) each year. The three-day affair includes many events in Winskill Park and a parade along 56th Street, the main thoroughfare. The community hosts many other events, including a soap box derby, bathtub race and more.

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North Delta is city’s most populous area More than half of Delta’s population resides in the community of North Delta, which is located in the northeast part of the city. Largely a bedroom community today, North Delta’s roots trace back to the late 1800s when the Annieville and Sunbury areas were thriving fishing villages. In fact, Annieville was home to the province’s first commercial salmon cannery. North Delta is known for its green spaces, including the picturesque Watershed Park, which is Delta’s largest park. It features 11 kilometres of trails for recreation enthusiasts as well as a meadow that boasts a picnic area and great views of Mud Bay.

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Youngsters will go racing down the 6th Avenue hill this June in the fourth annual Soap Box Derby hosted by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and the City of Delta.

Summer is a great time to get festive

Delta is home to many festivals and special events throughout the year. Here are some of the larger ones taking place in 2019: • Ladner May Days — A tradition for more than a century, the annual community celebration will turn Memorial Park into a party zone May 24 to 26. May Days features midway rides, stage entertainment, a colourful parade and much more. • Ladner Bandfest — Set for June 1 and 2 at Memorial Park, the 15th annual event will feature performances from 19 adult concert bands from across the Lower Mainland. ¥ Shrine Barbecue - On Sunday, June 2, sink your teeth into a juicy salmon steak at the Tsawwassen Shrine Club’s 50th annual

salmon barbecue at Ladner Harbour Park. Proceeds from the event go to Shrine club activities. • Ladner Village Market — Now in its 23rd season, the market will be held on the second and fourth Sundays of the summer months: June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, and Sept. 8. Shop at more than 160 vendors along 48th Avenue for fresh produce, pottery and other crafts, clothing and original artwork or simply sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the entertainment. • Soap Box Derby — Youngsters will race down the 6th Avenue hill in Tsawwassen on Saturday, June 22 in the fourth annual event hosted by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and City of Delta.

• Tsawwassen Farmers Market — Farm Fresh Events hosts a farmers market in Tsawwassen every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 22 to Sept. 21. The market features farm fresh produce, artisans and crafters, food vendors and food trucks, chef demonstrations, entertainment and more. The market is set up in the parking lot of Benediction Lutheran Church at the corner of 56th Street and 6th Avenue. • North Delta Family Day — Set for Sunday, June 23, this uniquely Delta experience includes a parade along 112th Street. At North Delta Community Park, enjoy activities, food and live entertainment. • Canada Day — The Tsawwassen-Boundary Bay Lions celebrate Canada’s

There will be Canada Day celebrations on July 1. birthday at Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen. July 1 parties will also be held at Kirkland House on Ladner’s Arthur Drive and Chalmers Park in North Delta. • South Delta Jazz Festival — The annual fest, which runs from July 2 to 6, features various workshops as well as daily concerts. Check out www.southdeltajazzfestival.com for concert information.

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• Fourth of July — Our American neighbours in Point Roberts, the tiny U.S. peninsula immediately south of Tsawwassen, celebrate their country’s independence in style every Fourth of July. Festivities typically include a pancake breakfast, parade, games, live entertainment, beer garden and are capped off with a fireworks show. • Tour de Delta — World class cycling competition comes to all three Delta communities from July 5 to 7. The Tour de Delta is made up of three events: the North Delta Criterium on July 5, the Ladner Criterium on July 6 and the UCI-sanctioned White Spot Delta Road Race in Tsawwassen on July 7. • Boundary Bay Airshow — Enjoy exhilarating air performances and static aircraft displays at this free event on Saturday, July 20 at Boundary Bay Airport. This year’s show has a bolstered lineup of performers, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. • Jog for the Bog — The Burns Bog Conservation Society will host its annual run on Sunday, July 21 to mark International Bog Day. In addition to five- and 10-kilometre routes through the scenic Delta Nature Reserve, there will be live

Hundreds of rides from yesteryear will be on display in August in the annual Ladner Village Quilt Walk and Classic Car Show. entertainment and a pancake breakfast. • Tsawwassen Sun Festival — The annual fair takes place Aug. 3 to 5 over the B.C. Day long weekend. Three days of fun in the sun features a colourful parade along 56th Street and all kinds of activities in Winskill Park, including a children’s midway, stage entertainment, car show, ball tournaments and a marketplace. Elsewhere in the community there will be an antique fair, drive-in move and more. • Bathtub Race & Festival

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— Bathtubs will be racing in Boundary Bay on Sunday, Aug. 11 as the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosts the second annual event. There will be kids’ activities, live entertainment and more at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. • Ladner Village Quilt Walk and Classic Car Show — The popular annual event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 18. You can check out a wide variety of classic automobiles and different types of quilts during a casual stroll through scenic

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Popular market draws crowds to Ladner

Thousands of shoppers will once again flock to historic Ladner Village this summer for the 23rd year of the Ladner Village Market. One of Western Canada’s largest open air markets, it features over 160 vendors, many local merchants and live outdoor entertainment. The market spans three blocks on 48th Avenue from Elliott Street to Delta Street and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of June, July and August, as well as the second Sunday of September. This year’s dates are: June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, and Sept. 8. Rotating artisans and a

The Ladner Village Market is held on seven Sundays throughout the summer. variety of musical acts give each market a different flavour. Farm fresh produce, plants, herbs and garden art accompany a generous sampling of artwork, beauty, fabric, glass, jewelry, pho-

tography, pottery and wood creations. The Ladner Village Market has a make it, bake it or grow it policy, which means shoppers will meet the individuals who create the products, and in

some cases get a chance to sample their creations. Market visitors can come hungry as there are many food artisans that provide samples of their creations in addition to eateries where guests may grab a bite.

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Cyclists from throughout North America and beyond will battle it out on the streets of Delta this summer in the 19th edition of the Tour de Delta. The prestigious cycling weekend, set for July 5 to 7, features $25,000 in prize money, making it the richest three-day event in Canadian cycling. More than 200 cyclists, both male and female, professionals and amateurs, are expected to descend on the city to compete in three separate races. The race weekend will commence on Friday evening with the North Delta Criterium, which will be contested on a 1.2-kilometre loop around the Social Heart of North Delta. On Saturday evening, riders will duel on the streets of

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Ecological treasure in the middle of Delta

It’s 10 times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park and a true haven for wildlife. Burns Bog, one of Delta’s ecological treasures, offers a unique and fascinating environment. Situated between the Fraser River and Boundary Bay, it occupies 10,000 acres. A bog is a special kind of wetland which stores up to 20 times more carbon dioxide than a rain forest. This lowers the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Burns Bog started out as a lake and gradually became filled with plants. The decomposition eventually formed peat, which has built up over many years. The environmental gem is a strangely beautiful wilder-

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ness where plants reach extremes of adaptation. Only dwarfed pines, insect-eating plants, acid producing mosses and hardy northern shrubs survive. A lodgepole pine, for example, grows naturally bonzaied in Burns Bog. A 70-year-old tree might only stand three feet tall. Binoculars are a must to get a closer look at over 150 species of birds that make their home in the bog. Burns Bog also provides a habitat for about 30 species of mammal, including blacktail deer and beaver. A recent environmental review concluded the bog is a “globally unique ecosystem” that must be saved. Now preserved in perpetu-

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The boardwalk in the Delta Nature Reserve provides public access to Burns Bog.

ity, the bog had been in private hands and was the subject of several development proposals. Each year, the Burns Bog Conservation Society marks International Bog Day to celebrate the beauty of bogs and help spread awareness of peatlands, their importance to all species and ecosystems, and the threats they face. Jog for the Bog will be held on July 21 to mark the occasion, a walk/run through the Delta Nature Reserve that will also feature live entertainment and a pancake breakfast. The only public access to Burns Bog is in the Delta Nature Reserve near Planet Ice-Delta.

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Delta is home to a host of sports fields and ball diamonds, but its parks inventory is so much more. Whether you’re looking for a nature walk, a picnic site or a place to cool off, there’s a park for you. • Boundary Bay Regional Park is a hub of ornithological activity, particularly in spring. Take a quiet walk on the dike or kick off your shoes and dip your toes, or more, in the warm water of Centennial Beach. Accessible via Boundary Bay Road, the park also has picnic facilities, a playground, tennis courts, ball diamonds and a concession. • Fred Gingell Park in the 200-block of Tsawwassen’s English Bluff Road provides outstanding views of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, ferry terminal and superport. Stairs take you to Tsawwassen Beach below. • Deas Island Regional Park, on the banks of the Fraser River in Ladner, has a number of picturesque walking trails and picnic spots. Rowers and water-

skiers use the calm waters of Deas Slough. It can also be accessed via the Millennium Trail. • Ladner Harbour Park, which is accessible via a one-lane bridge off River Road just east of Ladner Village, attracts many visitors with its large picnic area, trails, play equipment and a view of the working harbour. • Wellington Point Park offers magnificent vistas of the south arm of the Fraser River. Located in the 3600-block of River Road West, its pier provides opportunities for anglers, while its boat launch allows access to the river. • The Delta Nature Reserve is the only public access to the ecological jewel that is Burns Bog. Located at 8000 Nordel Way, it features boardwalk and gravel trails. • Watershed Park is Delta’s largest park with 11 kilometres of trails for cycling, walking, jogging and horseback riding. Located off Kittson Parkway in North Delta, it also has a meadow for picnics.

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Birds visit Delta’s shores by the millions The Fraser River delta is an important part of the Pacific Flyway, a stopping point for more than five million migratory birds annually. As a result, Delta’s become a haven for bird watchers that continue to flock to a number of hot spots to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. The 300-hectare George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island is a favourite location for birders. Almost 300 species have been sighted at the marshland reserve, including thousands of snow geese every fall. All dikes, particularly along Boundary Bay at the foot of 64th and 72nd streets on the edge of the city’s

The majestic bald eagle is a familiar sight in Delta and one that brings birders from all over the region and beyond. sprawling farm fields, are great places to view eagles, hawks and owls. Although you’ll see more of these magnificent raptors in the

winter months, they grace the area year round. Ladner Marsh, Ladner Harbour Park, Boundary Bay Regional Park and the Delta

Nature Reserve at Burns Bog, are also great places to view raptors. The bog, one of Delta’s ecological treasures and situated between the Fraser River and Boundary Bay, is home to over 150 species of birds. Deas Island Regional Park, on the banks of the Fraser River, is home to various raptors as well. If the statuesque great blue heron is a favourite, there’s no shortage of these graceful creatures along the Tsawwassen ferry causeway. As well, keep your eyes peeled for them at the edge of farm fields, where they can often be spotted looking for food in irrigation ditches.

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Birds find sanctuary on Westham Island The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located 10 kilometres west of Ladner on Westham Island, is an ideal spot for birds on the Pacific Flyway to rest and refuel. The 300-hectare reserve consists of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dikes in the heart of the Fraser River estuary. Almost 300 species of birds have been sighted at Reifel, with the greatest diversity and numbers found from fall to spring. A yearly highlight is the arrival in November of thousands of Wrangel Island snow geese. In spring, many western sandpipers pass through the area and often frequent

the shallow ponds of the sanctuary. Many species are resident year-round or visit during the summer to raise their young. In terms of vantage points for bird watchers, a 10-metre high observation tower in the northwest corner of the sanctuary provides an excellent view of the shallow ponds and intertidal marshes outside the dikes. The sanctuary, which has been managed by the B.C. Waterfowl Society for more than half a century, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, including holidays. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

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Delta’s climate just right for round of golf

Thanks to a mild climate and varied course inventory, golfing is a favourite pursuit in Delta. Tsawwassen Springs, an 18-hole, par-70 public course designed by Vancouver-based Ted Locke, is the centerpiece of a largescale residential development taking shape on and adjacent to the site of the old Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club. The course, which opened in 2012, plays from four sets of tees, ranging from 4,000 to 5,400 yards, and features extensive natural habitat that was recently recognized as a sanctuary for wildlife by the Audubon Society The Links at Hampton Cove

Tsawwassen Springs was recognized by the Audubon Society as a sanctuary for wildlife. It’s also a very nice golf course. is a nine-hole layout just south of the Fraser River in Ladner. It poses significant challenges for an executive course of 1,800 yards. The par 29 layout includes

a couple of par 4s as well as water hazards on pretty much every hole. Kings Links is at the foot of 72nd Street in East Ladner. The links-style layout,

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The Rotary Splash Park in Ladner’s Memorial Park opened to the delight of youngsters last summer.

Fun is around every corner in Delta

From swimming to sliding, there are plenty of places to have some fun for the young and young at heart: • Ladner Leisure Centre — Located in the civic precinct, the complex features two indoor pools (one with a shallow area for toddlers), sauna, whirlpool, weight room, fitness studio, ice rink and concession. • Winskill Aquatic and Fitness Centre — In Tsawwassen’s Winskill Park, the facility features a lap pool, tot pool, sauna, whirlpool, diving boards, slide and large fitness room. • Sungod Recreation Centre — This North Delta facility has five pools, sauna, steam room, swirl pool, arena, weight room, gym, aerobic studio and more. • Big Splash — Not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry

The Big Splash water park in Tsawwassen offers a multitude of fun ways in which to get wet. Terminal, Big Splash is the Lower Mainland’s most visited water park, which features more than a dozen slides as well as other aquatic and dry land activities. The park includes two eateries and will soon be

joined by a boutique hotel. It’s open from early June until the Labour Day weekend, weather permitting. • Libraries — Internet access as well as wireless access to library catalogues are available at Delta’s

three libraries: George Mackie in North Delta, Ladner Pioneer and Tsawwassen. • Outdoor pools — Splash around under the summer sun in civic-run pools in Ladner (on 47th Avenue adjacent to the Ladner Community Centre) and North Delta (on 84th Avenue adjacent to the North Delta Recreation Centre). • Water spray parks — Those looking to cool off have three choices: the Rotary Splash Park in Ladner’s Memorial Park that opened last summer, Rotary WaterWorks in Tsawwassen’s Diefenbaker Park or Annieville Lions Water Park in North Delta. The parks, which are open daily from mid-May to Labour Day, allow kids to get soaked in a variety of fun ways.

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Dear Visitor, Welcome to our community of Delta. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our community and all the events happening here in 2019. Our Delta is a special place that marks the beginning of a journey to and from the Pacific Ocean. I encourage you to explore our parks, beaches and trails that surround our communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta. You will find many cultures in Delta with deep historical roots in farming our lands and fishing the local waters. Our businesses are looking forward to serving you in our stores, restaurants and attractions throughout our community. If we can be of assistance, please drop by the Visitor’s Centre or ask any of our staff wearing the i Visitor Centre logo when we’re out in the community.

The Town Centre Mall in Tsawwassen houses over 45 shops and services in South Delta’s only indoor mall.

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Commercial cores have everything you’ll need

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Close to the Canadian/US border and en route to Victoria (by ferry) and Vancouver, Delta is truly a year-round breath of fresh air. Come discover our many local activities and attractions including: • Walking, golfing and biking • Boating, kayaking and paddle boarding • Farms and wineries • Summer outdoor markets • Migratory birds and other wildlife • The Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve • The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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The communities of Ladner and Tsawwassen boast diverse commercial areas that provide shoppers with everything they’re after. The Ladner Village shopping district retains its small town charm and features many unique stores and restaurants in a quaint setting. Ladner Harbour Centre, at the corner of Elliott and Bridge streets, is part of the village, offering Jarry’s Market as well as a drug store, ice cream shop, liquor store and more. A pair of strip malls on Ladner Trunk Road round out Ladner’s commercial core. Anchored by Safeway and an enlarged London Drugs, Trenant Park Square has many chain stores as well as local shops and services. Across the street, Ladner Centre features Save-OnFoods, a government liquor store and many other retail outlets.

In Tsawwassen, the Town Centre Mall houses over 45 shops and services in South Delta’s only indoor mall. It plays host to many seasonal events and is also home to Rotary Square. Across 12th Avenue and anchored by the 46,000-square-foot SaveOn-Foods store, Bayside Village features unique gift shops, restaurants and even a spa. The Tsawwassen Shopping Centre has a number of dining establishments, including a deli, cafe, sub sandwich shop and Chinese and sushi restaurants. The bargains are so good you can find shoppers lining up before the doors open at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop on Ladner’s Delta Street and at the Hospice Cottage Thrift Shop on Tsawwassen’s 56th Street. Not only are the deals great, but proceeds benefit worthy causes in the community.


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Ferries sail from Tsawwassen terminal

Situated at the western end of Highway 17, B.C. Ferries’ Tsawwassen terminal is the main port of entry for traffic to and from Vancouver Island. It is also the only access point from the mainland to the Gulf Islands. The majority of sailings out of Tsawwassen are to Swartz Bay outside Victoria. There are also numerous sailings to Nanaimo on central Vancouver Island via the Mid-Island Express. Reservations are optional, but not required for vehicular traffic to Vancouver Island. Vehicle reservations are recommended, however, for travel between the mainland and the Gulf Islands. Foot passengers are also

You can catch a ferry from Tsawwassen to Victoria, Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands. welcome on all ferry sailings. Public and private buses service the Tsawwassen terminal, while walk-ons can also leave their vehicles in the pay parking lot. Ferry sailings are normally punctual and can be very

busy during the peak summer season. Ensure you allow plenty of time to make the sailing. B.C. Ferries increases its sailings between the mainland and Vancouver Island during the summer. The trip between Tsawwas-

sen and Swartz Bay (Victoria) takes one hour and 35 minutes, while the sailing between Tsawwassen and Nanaimo is two hours. For more information on ferry sailings, call 1-888-BCFERRY or visit www.bcferries.com.

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Treaty has brought development to TFN Best known as home of Tsawwassen Mills, the region’s premier outlet mall, the Tsawwassen First Nation is a separate jurisdiction at the western edge of Delta that’s governed by an elected chief and legislature. In a historic agreement in 2009, the TFN signed B.C.’s first urban treaty, which has ushered in much development on the First Nation’s lands in the ensuing decade. Most noticeable to the public are two shopping centres: Tsawwassen Mills, a 200-store destination fashion mall that opened in the fall of 2016, and the adjacent Tsawwassen Commons.

Tsawwassen Mills is a 200-store destination mall on Tsawwassen First Nation land. The shopping centres have become a draw for Lower Mainland consumers, particularly Tsawwassen Mills, an Ivanhoe Cambridge project that is modeled after similar malls in Calgary and Greater Toronto. The two centres will have 300 stores

and services when build-out at Tsawwassen Commons is complete. Thanks to construction of infrastructure needed to handle growth, residential and industrial sectors are now also burgeoning on TFN lands.

The TFN land use plan approved by members includes the construction of over 2,800 homes. About 8,000 new residents will eventually call the TFN home in a build-out expected to take two decades. The TFN is also developing a business park with the e-commerce giant Amazon announcing last fall it would be opening a 450,000-square-foot fulfillment centre that would employ 700 people. The TFN lands are also home to Big Splash, the Lower Mainland’s most visited water park, which features more than a dozen slides as well as other aquatic and dry land activities.

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There’s a little bit of U.S. at our doorstep Immediately south of Tsawwassen is the geographical anomaly of Point Roberts, Washington. This area, while part of the continental United States, is only reachable by land through Canada via a border crossing at the foot of 56th Street. This situation occurred when the Canadian-U.S. border in the Columbia territory was finalized in 1848. The dividing line on the Prairies of the 49th parallel was extended to the midpoint of the Strait of Georgia. The line cut through the middle of the Point Roberts peninsula and permanently cut off the southern part of it from the balance of the United States.

Point Roberts is an American peninsula immediately south of Tsawwassen. Today, Point Roberts is a mainly rural enclave, where the majority of property owners are Canadians.

Point Roberts is home to a large marina that offers easy access to the Gulf and San Juan islands.

Lighthouse Park, located on the southwest tip, offers panoramic views of Georgia Strait and some of the best killer whale watching on the mainland in the summer months. Carved out of the forest, the 18-hole Bald Eagle Golf Club recently underwent an ownership change and refurbishment. The small resident population, however, does not make for a quiet border crossing when the Canadian dollar is strong. Lineups can often be quite long due to Canadians going down for bargains on those two indispensable liquids: gas and beer. It’s also the place to be for Fourth of July celebrations.

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A 5 minute drive from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, South Delta Artists Guild features themed monthly exhibits with original art for sale.

OWL is a non-profit society who specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors (eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, and turkey vultures) from all over British Columbia. We are available 24/7 for rescues. OWL also offers education programs and onsite tours of our Raptor Ambassadors and Wildlife Museum.

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