Ladner was created as a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River. It is a part of the Municipality of Delta, British Columbia, as well as a suburb of Vancouver. Ladner was Incorporated as a Municipality of Delta in 1879. Ladner was named after the European settlers Thomas and William Ladner, who began large fishing and farming operations in 1868. There once was a ferry that sailed from Captains Cove in Ladner across the river to Richmond. Now, since 1959 there is the George Massey Tunnel which provides the necessary transportation across the river. Ladner, along with the southern community called Tsawwassen, make up the section of South Delta.
The model of government in Ladner is the Delta Municipal Council that is led by a Mayor and six Councillors. Also, there is an elected school board. South Delta, which includes Ladner, is governed by an independent, where as North Delta’s seat is held by the B.C. Liberal Party.
Ladner, as part of Delta, has flat and fertile land, which has made it one of the most important agricultural areas in the Metro Vancouver area due to the Agricultural Land Reserve regulation preserving the land for agricultural use. Ladner’s sister city is Mangalore, India.
Ladner’s average temperature in January is 5.8ºC and average temperature in July is 22.5ºC.
The average annual rainfall is 1,008.1 mm.
Ladner’s Population is estimated at 21,112 people. 38% of the population are immigrants, with 20% being Chinese-Canadian. The Retail trade, service, construction and manufacturing are some of the major sources of employment for the residents. Unemployment rate is about 4.8%. Average family income is about $90,000.
The Retail trade, service, construction and manufacturing are some of the major sources of employment for the residents of Ladner. The unemployment rate is about 4.8%. The median household income (after-taxes) in Delta is $71,590, quite higher than the national average at $54,089. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the median value of a dwelling in Delta is $562,181 which is significantly higher than the national average at $280,552.
Recreation and Culture
Ladner features many nature trails and beautiful scenery, known as a natural playground, Ladner has plenty to offer. There are many islands just off the mainland that area apart of Ladner, many of them are small and only accessible by boat, but the main island, Westham Island, is a popular destination for its numerous organic farms, especially its berry farms. Westham Island is also home to a large bird sanctuary where you can go and see the various birds that are being protected and preserved. A major feature of Ladner is the Ladner Village, where a heritage community lies, with open air cafes and local shops. The Delta Museum and Archives are also in the centre of the Ladner Village, along with a town Clock that is amongst the oldest in the Lower Mainland. There are two malls with supermarkets and modern shops, numerous parks, and the canals that are clean and fresh enough to allow fishing off the banks. Ladner is also the location of the Delta Municipal Hall, the Delta Police Station, and the Delta Hospital.
Every other Sunday during the summer months, the major streets in the Ladner Village are reserved for the Ladner Village Market, which is a popular farmer’s market featuring live music, great food, entertainment, fresh local produce, and homemade arts and crafts. This market hosts many vendors from out of town that sell hand-crafted and locally grown produce, because of this the Ladner Village Market attracts thousands of out-of-town visitors each market day.