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On the banks of the iconic Fraser River, just outside of Vancouver, lies the suburban locale of Ladner. Originally founded as a fishing village in 1868, it was first called Ladner's Landing after Thomas and William Ladner who were the originally settlers on the land. They came over from Cornwall, UK during the Californian gold rush and eventually made their way north to the Fraser River, where they became farmers and fishermen. As farming and fishing grew in the area, Ladner became a hub for these industries. Eventually the area became more and more accessible and it is now colloquially known as part of the "South Delta."
Ladner is an important part of the lower mainland and, as such, has grown to be a community that offers much to residents in the way of recreation and resources, helping everyone enjoy all that the lower mainland lifestyle has to offer. For example, just east of Ladner is an area known as Burns Bog, which is a preserved area of land that acts as a biological cleanser for the actual city of Vancouver. Members of the community can arrange for tours of the bog, which are very educational. Ladner also boasts the Delta Nature reserve, which is located in the bog itself. There are many trails within the nature reserve for residents to use as well as some boardwalk areas. The hikes within the reserve are known for the way they make nature so readily accessible. Lots of wildlife, birds, and beautiful greenery and plants are present on the trails—they're an easy way to drink in natural beauty, relax after work, or spend time together as a family. Another big hit among locals is Boundary Bay. In low tide, the bay is full of beautiful tide pools that people of all ages have fun exploring for sea life and other natural oddities. If the outdoors aren't your thing or if the season isn't right to take advantage of them, Ladner also has two public swimming pools, a community center, a skating rink, a gymnasium, and a library for residents to use.
One of the great elements of Ladner is the proximity to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, which is how visitors, or anyone for the matter, get to the Gulf Islands. Ladner's link to this coastal beauty through the closeness to the ferry is nearly unparalleled. In the locale itself, you will notice that Highway 17 runs straight through the community and down to the ferry terminal. Running opposite of this highway is Lander Trunk Road, which divides the community between the East and West. Most residents prefer to drive themselves, but public transportation in Ladner is also provided by the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority. For more information about local bus schedules and routes, contact TransLink.
Ladner is part of the British Columbia school district number 37 which encompasses schools in Ladner, Tsawwassen, and the North Delta. It has five elementary schools that feed into one secondary school. Ladner also boasts a program designed to help autistic children and those with related disorders. This is a specialized program that is located within Ladner and endeavors to meet the needs of children with severe developmental difficulties who can’t function well in traditional school settings.
Ladner is actually a distinct community within the Delta municipality, and therefore falls under the Delta catchment when it comes to census statistics and tax rates. In 2011, the National Household Survey found that for this area the median home value is $562,181 and the median income is $71,590, both quite higher than the national average. The 2013 municipal tax rate in Ladner itself was 3.3206.
One of the most iconic events in Ladner every year is "May Days," also known by the name "Ladner Pioneer May Days." It coincides with Victoria Day and has been running since 1896, which makes it the longest running festival in the Delta. Events in Ladner include a parade, a carnival, and other events put on by local residents. Ladner is a very unique place to live because, despite all the modernization and advancements in this world, this community has managed to progress while retaining the small town charm that it has always been known for. Just the number of major TV and film productions that use it as a backdrop for the iconic "small town" alone should bear witness to the beauty of Ladner. It isn't just a beautiful township, however, it is also a vibrant community with a lot to offer the residents who call it home.