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Delta is the second largest municipality in Metro Vancouver by land area. Surrounded by water on three sides - the Fraser River to the north, Boundary Bay to the south, and the Strait of Georgia to the west - the name itself depicts the city's geographical features. Delta has three distinct, geographically separate communities: the riverside lands of Ladner, the hillier uplands of North Delta and the seaside community of Tsawwassen.
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Aboriginal people of the Coast Salish First Nations were the first people that lived in and around the lower Fraser River thousands years ago. Through seasons, they often moved from camp to camp for shelter and food. The land that become Delta was first sighted in 1791 by Europeans led by the Spanich explorer Lieutenant Francisco Eliza, he mistook the area for an island and named it Isla Capeda. The municipality of "The Corporation of Delta" was incorporated in 1879 and Lander was designated as its adminstrative centre. Major transportation networks was also build to connect the isolated community of Delta to cities like Vancouver and New Westminster and resulted to a massive increase of population in the city. The Corporation of Delta became the City of Delta in 2017 as requested by Delta's council to the government of British Columbia. Today, Delta has a population of 102,238 with a land area of 180.2km2 (Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population).
The vibrant community of Delta makes it attractive for businesses and future residents. The community enjoys safe, clean and quiet neighbourhoods in one of the fastest growing city in Metro Vancouver. The community spirit was reflected in their festivals and events like Carol Ship Parades in December and Canada Day celebrations in July. Delta's residents also enjoys numerous outdoor activities like biking, golf, bird-watching and many water activities that includes kayaking, water-skiing, wind surfing and paddle boarding. The city also has a 1912 Tudor-style heritage building that will bring you back at the early years of 20th centuries. Although Delta has no commercial city centre, you can still enjoy your shopping at specialty shops that sells hand-crafted truffles, artisan furniture, as well as small galleries featuring the work of local talent. Delta is the city that is rich in soil and water, rich in history and industry, and especially rich in people.
Like most cities in British Columbia, Delta also offers rich history rooted from many years ago. The diversity of people residing in the city resulted to many different festivals and cultural events. As of today, Delta still retain its heritage and historic buildings. This buildings now house specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and an excellent museum. You will never run out of choices in terms of dining in Delta. Having a diverse communities also means diverse selection of restaurants that offers ethnic and fast food chains whichever you prefer. From french, to greek, to italian cuisine, coffee and tea houses and local restaurants, you can find all these within the City of Delta.
Due to its geography, Delta was once considered as an isolated community. Still, the community maximized their flat, fertile land for agricultural purposes. When the major railroad and highways connect them to other cities in BC, it provides opportunities that contributed to the city's impressive economic growth. Today, most of Delta's land is still for agricultural use. The Agricultural Land Reserve have regulations that prevent the conversion of these lands to suburban housing. Burns Bog, a 40km2 of natural wetlands that are important for wildlife are still protected and being well-preserved in North Delta.
Delta experience mild climate and considered to be one of the sunniest and driest regions in the Lower Mainland. They has the mildest winters and lowest diurnal temperature variations in Canada. Cooler months creates spectacular photographic views due to the air that travel from that ocean across the flat, delta-rich landscapes of the city.
The School District No. 37 serves the municipality of Delta including the three communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen, and North Delta and administered dozens of elementary, middle and secondary schools. Delta School District also operates Delta Community College that provides variety of educational programs for adult learners. The city also have an Anglophone (English-speaking) public schools and one Francophone primary school.
Delta Hospital (originally known as 'Delta Centennial Hospital') is a community hospital that is operated by the Fraser Health Authority in the Ladner, City of Delta, British Columbia. It is also a Level V Trauma centre and offers health care services such as 24/7 emergency care, diagnostic imaging and general surgery. Delta Hospice Society is a neighbouring facility that provides special care and support to individuals that suffers from cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Because Delta covers such a large and diverse area, most people travel to and around its communities by car. The bus system of South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority provides the public transportation in Delta. SkyTrain system in Surrey only comes within three kilometres of the city's borders, leaving Delta with no rapid transit system. The Boundary Bay Airport, the seventh busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements, is located in the City of Delta. It is used primarily for private aircraft activities, commercial charters and flying lessons. Delta is also home to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, a 22.3 ha (55 acres) major transportation facility and part of the BC Ferry system, as well as Highway 17. Vehicles heading for Vancouver Island use this ferry terminal. Major highways in Delta includes Highway 10, Highway 17 , Highway 17A, Highway 91 and Highway 99.
Delta was recently ranked 2nd by fDi Intelligence as a city of the future for business friendliness and 5th for infrastructure. In addition, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, NAIOP Vancouver, recently named Delta as the "Most Fiscally Responsible" and "Most Improved" in the Metro Vancouver area. (http://www.delta.ca/) Agriculture industries were the economic foundation of Delta because of the rich soils and water that surrounds the area. From farming and fishing in early years, together with the growing industrial areas around the city, Delta became one of the fastest growing community in Metro Vancouver. The city government as well as its residents encourage and support local agriculture by buying and eating local goods, or by growing their own food. Agriculture is vital to Delta's economic, environmental and social sustainability.
The city's employment rate reached 61% on 2016 Census, while Delta's average household income is $97,216, 24.3% higher compare to $78,227 of BC based on CensusPlus, 2011.
Delta's diverse attributes (thanks to its unique geography) are now becoming great attractions. The city offers a variety of outdoor activities like walking, cycling and equestrian trails, and water sports that includes skim boarding and kayaking. They also have seven golf courses around the area. The three communities also offer different recreational activities that may suit your interest. North Delta boasts their forest parks, ravines and their very own world-acclaimed Burns Bog. Cyclists, walkers and windsurfers from all over the world will surely love Tsawwassen because of its dykes, beaches and the shallow waters of Boundary Bay. Ornithologists can also enjoy watching the migrating birds from this place. While, Ladner is the home of farms and a fishing community within the city.
Ringette is the popular sport in Delta where many young people play. To prove it, the Delta Ringette Association list 13 teams back in 2005. Delta also has many sports teams in ice hockey, soccer, football, field hockey, baseball and field and box lacrosse. The Tour de Delta, a challenging test for many of the world's best cyclists, is said to be Canada's largest cycling event that features the unique terrain of the city. While Ladner hosted events like Delta Triathlon that take place from Ladner Leisure Centre. Delta is the home to notable professional sports players like Jeff Francis (MLB), Justin Morneau (MLB), Brent Seabrook (NHL), Troy Brouwer (NHL) and Mitch Berger (NFL).