The district municipality of Delta has a rich agricultural heritage and is still predominantly rural. Its flat, fertile land has made it one of the most important agricultural areas in Metro Vancouver.
Delta is a hub for transportation. Most traffic heading from Vancouver to the U.S. will travel through Delta. Highway 17 connects travellers with the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, providing access to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The Alex Fraser Bridge links Delta to Richmond and New Westminster, and then to Downtown Vancouver. Public transit access to Vancouver’s core is available by parking in nearby Surrey and taking the SkyTrain into the city.
Its current population is around 100,000. Three communities make up Delta: North Delta, Ladner and Twawwassen.
Tsawwassan, the southernmost community, is home to many waterfront homes and the largest shopping centre in South Delta. Sunny Tsawwassen receives only one third of the rainfall of the rest of Metro Vancouver, so quite a few palm trees can be seen along the streets and in the landscaping of its luxury properties.
The historic fishing village of Ladner has many heritage farms and some of the original Victorian era homes. Together, Ladner and Tsawwassan make up what is known as South Delta.
North Delta is gradually becoming an urban centre. This largely middle-class bedroom community houses just over half of Delta’s residents. Condos and townhomes are appearing to accommodate the need for affordable housing.
The area offers many parks and recreational opportunities. Burns Bog, the largest raised peat urban bog flanks North Delta to the west. 2,042 hectares of Burns Bog have been set aside as an Ecological Conservancy Area (ECA).