LADNER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Ladner is located on the along the south side of Fraser River at the mouth of the delta at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and is directly across from Richmond. Ladner, along with Tsawwassen comprise the larger area of South Delta both of which belong to the Corporation of Delta. The marine location provides many options for fishing, kayaking and floathome living. Ladner is still largely rural and agricultural with a cluster of businesses and residential areas that are mainly located around the shopping areas (Ladner Village) and close to the highway intersections leading in and out of the town. Ladner's proximity to the Deas Island tunnel and 2 major highways (99 & 17) and 2 major arterial routes (Highway 10 and Ladner Trunk Road) provide easy access to Vancouver - about 20 minutes, BC Ferries - about 10 minutes, Vancouver International Airport - about 25 minutes, the Canada/US Border - about 15 minutes and several other communities including Richmond, New Westminster, Surrey/White Rock & North Delta.
Ladner is also home to Westham Island. Here you find an abundance of local produce, a fruit winery and the Reifel Bird Sanctuary which provides a safe haven for several species of migrating birds throughout the year.
The convenient location, availability of employment, cautious new residential development accompanied by quality services and an average rainfall that is about 30% less than Vancouver proper still attracts new residents albeit at a slower pace than neighbouring communities. This is due in part to a community plan focused on growth that supports a sustainable community that doesn't place great stressors on social programs and infrastructure. Ladner has an overall feel of a smaller town, heritage buildings (even new ones by design) and an easy, relaxed lifestyle. It's a perfect location for golfing and marine activities. The population is approximately 24,000.
The Official Community Plan (OCP) encourages a diversity of housing forms at a range of different prices in order to accommodate all ages, income ranges and family structures. A significant portion of the new development is modest medium density close to the main thoroughfare across city centre and smaller lot single family homes.
You can walk or cycle on a system of dyke trails, watch birds in the natural wetlands, pick fresh berries from the farms (or buy them ready picked!) ramble through the historic Boundary Bay Airport or bike along the many back roads or water's edge. There are two community centres, pools, numerous parks and an ice rink all centrally located. Ladner is home to the Vancouver Giants practice facility and there is a major focus on youth sports including lacrosse, soccer, hockey and baseball.