"Rural charm on the Fraser River" Ladner by Carmanah
Ladner Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 26 photos
Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49° 05' North, 123° 05' West
Population: 210,360 (2001 Census)
Incorporated: late 19th century
Ahh, Ladner. What to say about Ladner.
Ladner is small and not very exciting, but it has a lot of charm. It's located on the south side of the mouth of the Fraser River. Technically Ladner is one of several communities within Delta - a large agricultural municipality, but it still retains its own identity and name.
Whenever I visit Ladner, I feel like I've gone back in time. Not too far back in time, but far back enough that it still resembles the feeling of my childhood. Ladner really hasn't changed all that much, which is really amazing considering how practically every other community in Greater Vancouver has been rezoned to death and developed so much it's hardly recognizable. I like Ladner very much for this lack of change.
If you drive west along the river from the village of Ladner, you will eventually get to a rickety wooden one-lane bridge connecting to Westham Island. The island has many small, independent farms open to the public. You've got U-pick farms where you can pick your own pumpkins, strawberries, blueberries or raspberries, tayberries, marionberries, etc. Of course, the nearby ditches often have wild blackberries growing, which as everybody knows, are free for the taking. Other farms sell wild honey, fruit jellies, fresh lamb, and fresh, organic vegetables (tomatoes, corn, beets, carrots, garlic, potatoes, etc). One farm even has a winery in which they sell wine made from all the various berries grown on their property.
Then there's one of my favourite places in the whole wide world - the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary. This takes up a large chunk of the north-western corner of Westham Island. The land and nearby land is federally protected and is home to a large wetland ecosystem. Twice a year thousands of snow geese feed in nearby fields during their migration along the coast. Of course, the resident birds - the bald eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, Canada geese, coots, red winged blackbirds, chickadees, finches, mallard ducks, wood ducks, harlequin ducks, woodpeckers, and dozens more - can be found year round.
- Pros:The bird sanctuary, the farmland and U-pick farms, the rural scenery, the snow geese that visit during the migrations, the quaintness of the main village, the quaintness of the waterfront
- Cons:Not very exciting.
- In a nutshell:Rural charm
For 50 cents a bag you can buy some lovely birdseed for the creatures in the George C Reifel bird sanctuary. The ducks... more travel advice
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