Ladner: A Historical Fishing Village

Ladner was once made as a fishing village on the banks of Fraser River. It is now a community of the municipality of Delta in British Columbia, Canada. Ladner is also known as a suburb of Vancouver and together with Tsawwassen, make up the “South Delta” region. Its marine location provides locals with the options for kayaking, fishing and even floats home living. Today, Ladner is still considered as an agricultural town with a cluster of residential and commercial area that are congested in the town center (Ladner Village).

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Named after William and Thomas Ladner, who settled in the area in 1868, the city was once popular as farming and fishing village.  And just like the many settlers who easily gained access to rich land, they also knew that the sloughs and rivers afforded easy transportation roads when the roads are nonexistent or rudimentary. In the year 1873, a wharf was donated by William Ladner. In here, the local farmers loaded all their livestock and produce for markets n Nanaimo, New Westminster, Vancouver and Victoria. This part of town was then known as the Ladner’s landing, where the village grew to serve its local farmers. The early settlers also took advantage of the river. Salmon canneries where developed along the river banks.


Ladner’s convenient location, new residential development and employment opportunities attract new residents to this area. Their community plan highly focuses on developing a sustainable community that doesn’t put stressors on infrastructure and social programs. Ladner can be viewed as a small town with beautiful heritage buildings and an easy, calm lifestyle. It is a perfect neighborhood for marine activities and golfing. The city’s real estate market is made up of waterfront houses, riverfront condo units, duplexes, ranch style homes, and floating homes. Ladner is a popular choice among families because of its close knit feel. The median price for a detached home in Ladner is around $680,000. Expect to pay around $350,000 for an apartment and $480,000 for a townhome.

Shopping & Entertainment

There are two main shopping areas on Ladner Trunk Road but a lot of locals also head to nearby Richmond and shop at Lansdowne Shopping Center, Richmond Center, Future Shop, Ikea and other stores. The Ladner Village Market is also a popular destination especially during the summer. Some of the famous recreational facilities in town include Captain Cove’s Marina and the Ladner Yacht Club.


Ladner is bound by the Strait of Georgia to the west, North Delta by the east, Fraser River by the north and Tsawwasen by the south. Ladner is also divided by Highway 17. The Ladner Trunk Road is one of the major roads in town. The River Road currently runs from the northern end of Highway 17 to Surrey and North Delta.


Public schools in the city are managed by the School District 37 Delta. Some of the most notable schools in the town include Delta Secondary School, Delta Manor, Port Guichon, Hawthorne and Neilson Grove Elementary. There are also private institutions in the area such as Delta Christian and Sacred Heart School.

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