Named for one of the founding families, it developed as a center for farming and fishing. The ferry at Captain's Cove allowed for access across the river to Richmond, British Columbia. The George Massey Tunnel provided a permanent connection in 1959.
Paired together with its suburban neighbour to the south, Tsawwassen, these two communities make up the unofficial region known as "South Delta".
Ladner had a population of 21,360 in the 2001 census