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ladner and tsawwassen.
These cities offer a glimpse of life between the river, the ocean
and the farm.
The next to last stops on the northern arc of Waterside communities, Ladner and Tsawwassen, provide visitors with contrasting views of life on the river and beside the ocean. Like Point Roberts, these two towns are right under the “blue hole.” While you may see nothing but clouds to the north, east, west and south, above you are blue skies. Hence, the palm trees.
Ladner and Tsawwassen are located in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, and the surrounding fields, wetlands and waterways are stopovers for millions of birds on their annual migration. One of the best places to observe birds is at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Take River Road West, and turn right 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 Ladner Slough.
More suburban than village, Tsawwassen is more than a way station for visitors en route to Point Roberts. The main drag, 56th Street, is packed with restaurants, boutiques, personal service establishments and supermarkets.
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 dike 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.
Things to do in Ladner and Tsawwassen:
Enjoy a Picnic: Pack a picnic and climb down the stairs to the beach overlooking
Georgia Strait at Fred Gingell Park.
Ride a Bike: Ride your bike through the farmlands separating Ladner and Tsawwassen.