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Delta (British Columbia)

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Delta (British Columbia)

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Delta [5] is a city in Vancouver's southern suburbs. It is a large area which includes three separate built-up areas: Tsawwassen, Ladner and North Delta. It is surrounded by water on three sides, the Strait of Georgia to the west, Fraser river, to the north, and Boundary Bay to the south. The city of Surrey makes up the eastern border.

Most people simply drive on the highway through Delta's farming lands on their way to/from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal or the US Border, but there are some destinations of interest in the municipality.

Get in[edit]

Vancouver International Airport is only a few minutes north on the freeway in Richmond.

Highway 99 travels from the US border (where it becomes I5) through Delta and north to Richmond. Highway 10 travels east-west to Surrey. Highway 17 crosses through Delta from the northeast (Surrey) and southwest to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, where there are departures to (and arrivals from) Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, and Duke Point just south of Nanaimo.

Greater Vancouver's TransLink [6] provides public transit service to the Ladner and Tsawwassen areas via bus routes #601 and 620, departing from the Bridgeport Skytrain station in Richmond, and to the North Delta area via numerous bus routes originating in Surrey. Delta is located in zone 3, so a trip from downtown Vancouver costs $5.50 ($2.75 evenings and weekends).

Get around[edit]

Delta is quite a large area with limited local public transit, so a car is ideal to see the area. Most of Delta is flat, so bicycling is a popular option as well.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Boundary Bay Regional Park, Boundary Bay Rd, Tsawwassen. Great birdwatching park as an internationally recognized Important Bird Area on the Pacific Flyway. The park also includes Centennial Beach, a popular and relatively undeveloped local beach with tidal flats and a large playground.  edit
  • Watershed Park, 11600 Kittson Parkway, North Delta. Watershed Park is Delta's largest park, which is situated on a large artesian water supply. Eleven kilometers of gravel trails wind their way through the park for cycling, walking, jogging and horseback riding. Parking is ample. Drive slowly on the Parkway; as it leads to a freeway at the far end and is moderately hilly, it is a favoured spot for police radar and big traffic tickets.  edit
  • George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary, 5191 Robertson Rd, Westham Island, +1 604-946-6980, [1]. 9am-4pm. A fairly large piece of parkland on the edge of a scenic island connected to the mainland by a single-lane, century old wooden swing-bridge. The park is home to thousands of ducks, Canadian geese and other species of birds, including eagles and falcons. The park represents a particularly nice diversion for families with children, who can delight and exhaust themselves for hours feeding the ducks with bird-seed available for purchase. There are frequently also displays of birds the facility is rehabilitating for release into the wild, including many species of owls and birds of prey. In the summer, berries and other local produce are available on the road leading up to the sanctuary, at very competitive prices. $5.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Westham Island Estate Winery tasting, 2170 Westham Island Road, +1 604-940-9755, [2]. Daily. The first winery in Delta. Tasting free.  edit
  • Wellbrook Winery tasting, 4626 88th Street, +1 604-946-1868, [3]. A turn-of-the-(19th-20th)-century atmosphere.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Speeds Pub, 604-940-2245. Great pub food with a water front location. cheap.  edit
  • Stanley Restaurant, 11184 84 Ave, Delta, BC, 604-594-1933. Excellent Vietnamese food. cheap.  edit
  • Maguro Sushi, 5241 Ladner Trunk Rd, (604) 582-6620, [4]. 11:30-9:30. Sundays closed.. Tucked away in a strip mall, Maguro offers sushi easily on par with what you will get in Vancouver or Richmond. Portions are generous and prices reasonable, with the high quality of the fish making it a popular spot. $10-20.  edit
  • Lotus Restaurant, 8939 120 St, 7785937366. Closed Tuesdays.. Authentic and Western Chinese food, but the real attraction here is the Dim Sum -- Cantonese small dishes popular as breakfast in Hong Kong. Similar to tapas, the servings are small (3-5 pieces) and meant to be shared. Order 2-3 per person. Most dishes are $3 or so; the $5.50 dishes are much larger portions. Sweet pork buns, shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, spareribs and stuffed rice in lotus leaves are all not to be missed. Dim sum is available daily until 3PM, but on weekends you may be in for a long wait. $5-20.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

The Tsawwassen Inn is a reasonably priced hotel, with good accomodations and is on a major road, making it easy to find, and easy to get to the other areas that may be of interest in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Delta
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