Delta South is a unique and beautiful riding. It has been said that everyone knows Delta South – it is the place you go through to get anywhere else! Bounded by the Fraser River to the north, Boundary bay and the international border with Point Roberts, Washington on the south, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Highway 91 on the east, Delta South is anchored by the towns of Tsawwassen and Ladner.
The population of Delta South based on the 2006 Census was 45,295. Slightly older and more affluent than the province as a whole, the people also have a higher percentage of married families in single-family dwellings, and the average value of those dwellings is higher than the average. Our unemployment rate is relatively low, and the percentage of professional and technical workers is high.
Delta South includes the territory of the Tsawwassen First Nation, which ratified the first modern urban treaty in British Columbia in 2007. Our riding is unique in its rich agricultural history, and farming is still carried out on some of the finest land in Canada by the descendents of many of our pioneer farming families. It is our vibrant food-producing sector in the midst of BC’s largest urban area that truly sets Delta South apart. Of course, an environmental gem in the middle of our riding, and indeed of the province, is Burns Bog, an internationally recognized raised bog that has been called “the lungs of the Lower Mainland”.
Given our strategic location, transportation is extremely important in Delta South. BC Ferries provides routes to Swartz Bay (Victoria) and Duke Point (Nanaimo) on Vancouver Island, as well as the Gulf Islands and Prince Rupert. Highways and rail lines carry people and goods from the ferries and the Port of Vancouver facility at Deltaport to points throughout the province and beyond. As well, Boundary Bay Airport offers facilities and services for private planes and small airlines.
With parks, beaches, urban townscapes, and some of the best weather in Canada, we are lucky indeed to live in Delta South! And to our visitors, welcome – we know you’ll enjoy yourselves here, and will want to come back soon.