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Life on the farm, the river, the ocean and the town.
Ladner and Tsawwassen are located in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, and the surrounding fields, wetlands and waterways are vital stopovers for millions of birds on their annual migration.
One of the best places to observe all kinds of birds is at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner. Take River Road West, and turn right for the bridge to Westham Island. Just before the bridge is a small park where often you’ll have a close-up view of Steller sea lions sunning on the docks.
Ladner and the surrounding farmlands will make you want to get out and walk or bike. Traffic is minimal, and the terrain is flat. Downtown you will find historic buildings, hometown merchants and a compelling local museum.
Have a drink or bite to eat while you watch boat traffic on the peaceful and picturesque Ladner Slough. The Ladner open market is not to be missed – it’s held on Sundays, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25 and September 8.
More suburban than village, Tsawwassen’s main drag, 56th Street, is jammed with restaurants, boutiques, personal service establishments and supermarkets. Fortunately, the town center has been able to avoid the chain store glut that afflicts so many of our cities in North America.
Tsawwassen also illustrates why obesity rates in Vancouver top off at 12 percent versus 27 percent just across the border – the recreational facilities are simply superb.
Everywhere you look, there are people biking, walking, swimming, playing ball or throwing Frisbees. Get out of the car and join them. Take a hike on the dyke at Boundary Bay Regional Park or chill at Centennial Beach, a great place for a swim or a picnic.
For more info, visit deltachamber.com.
What the Locals Know:
LAUNCH A KAYAK: Paddle the Ladner slough, a calm and peaceful way to while a summer day away.
GO SWIMMING: Go for a swim in the warm waters off Centennial Beach.
RIDE A BIKE: The long, winding farmlands separating Ladner and Tsawwassen make for an excellent journey.
TAKE A CRUISE: Walk onto a ferry at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and take a return cruise to Vancouver Island through the Gulf Islands.