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Delta's flat topography, rich soils and longest frost-free, growing season in Canada have made Delta an important agricultural area. More than 80 per cent of planted acreage is vegetables. Greenhouse crops, dairy cattle, sheep, deer, hogs, llamas and recreational horse facilities are all part of Delta's farming community.
Delta comprises three separate residential neighbourhoods: Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen.
Ladner is the oldest of Delta's three communities. It is home to approximately 20,000 residents. Ladner is Delta's administrative centre; the municipal hall and a new leisure centre are located here. Delta Museum is in historic Ladner village, where you'll also find many acclaimed restaurants and specialty shops. Ladner Harbour, a fishing port, is home to many vessels in the Fraser River fleet.
The Fraser River Delta is one of the most significant estuaries for birds migrating between the Arctic and South America on the Pacific Flyway. Huge flocks of Snow Geese spend the winter at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located on Westham Island. The Ladner Business Association organizes the annual Ladner Snow Goose Festival in November.
Residents enjoy Deas Island Regional Park, 70 hectares of marsh and meadows. The island is accessed by a causeway at the upstream end. Visitors can picnic, hike, horseback ride, canoe, row and bar fish at the park. The Teddy Bear Festival happens here on the second Sunday in August.
Ladner's proximity to the George Massey Tunnel makes Ladner a popular choice for a large commuting population. The Transit Exchange has a park-and-ride facility, providing a practical link to many destinations.
Housing options include subdivisions for families and seniors, townhomes and low-rise apartments clustered around the heart of town, and floating homes that form a distinctive community at Canoe Pass.
North Delta is Delta's largest urban community. Its population has more than doubled since 1971 . The oldest established neighbourhood is Annieville, located on the Fraser River and named for Annie Laidlaw, wife of a cannery owner. Most residential neighbourhoods are situated on the glacial uplands known as the North Delta Mlls. The majority of homes are single-family. Residents can stroll and bird-watch at Watershed Park and Delta Nature Reserve, located on Burns Bog. Burns Bog is the largest self-contained raised bog in the world. It provides a home to 150 known species of animals and 200 known plant species, and is an important area for migratory birds.
Townhouses and apartments are adjacent to 120th Street, also known as Scott Road, the main north-south thoroughfare and boundary with Surrey. Scott Road is the focus of North Delta's commercial activities. Large shopping malls and plazas offer a vast retail selection. Nordel, considered by many to be the social heart of North Delta, has community facilities and retail and commercial outlets.
Comprising the bulk of North Delta's economic heartland, Nordel Way Business Park, River Road and Annacis Island Business Park are high-tech industrial areas.
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