Sunday Drive to Ladner - Delta

notes from Dad


Here is something you can tell the kids.  In the late 1800's farmers used the Fraser River to transport their fruits, vegetables, and livestock to places like Victoria and Nanaimo.  Roads were few and far between and the river and sloughs were more convenient.  This is why the town of Ladner was built.  It started out as a wharf built on land donated by William Ladner.

If you visit Ladner today, you'll notice several of the heritage buildings are still standing.  Look for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (1890), Old Ladner Baptist Church (1903), and McKee House (1895), now a senior's activity center.  They even have wooden sidewalks in places.  The idea behind these was to get above the water and mud from the dirt road.

Our family recently re-discovered the Ladner area as a nice place to get away from it all, and it's only about 30 minutes from Vancouver.  Mary loves browsing the stores in the old section of Ladner.  Drop by the Delta Museum  on Delta Street, and then treat your family to Uncle Herbert's Fish and Chips which is right next door to the museum.  Other things to explore in the Ladner area:

The dikes at the end of River Road...perfect for hiking or biking, the farms and the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island, the Houseboat community called Canoe Pass on the Fraser River, OWL Orphaned Wild Life Rehabilitation Centre, the corn maze at Bayke Farm (5954 River Road) in the Autumn, and Deas Island are just at few suggestions.

Age group:

All ages

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The peace and quiet of Ladner is only 30 minutes from Vancouver.



To get to Ladner, go south through Richmond from Vancouver, and take the first exit west after leaving the George Massey Tunnel.




All seasons

Educational highlights:

In 1868, brothers William and Thomas Ladner purchased the land on which sits the town that bears their surname. 

Fun for the adult?:

There's something for everyone in the Ladner area: Nathan and Dad enjoy biking on the dike, Jen loves to go strawberry picking on Westham Island, and Mom is always willing to do a bit of shopping.