Tsawwassen is a seaside community in the southwestern part of Delta. It is the location of the BC Ferries' flagship Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal providing foot-passenger and motor vehicle access to Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Boundary Bay Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports in Canada, is located ten minutes away.
Tsawwassen is situated on the northern end of a peninsula flanked by the Straight of Georgia to the west and Boundary Bay to the east. The southern boundary of Tsawwassen borders on the United States. To the north, Tsawwassen's nearest neighbour is the town of Ladner, which is also part of Delta.
Located on Westham Island, on the wetlands of the Fraser River, the Reifel Bird Sanctuary is home to over 230 species and is the annual migratory stop for some 1.5 million birds on the Pacific Flyway. Over 20,000 snow geese travelling south from Siberia every November make an especially breathtaking spectacle.
Historic Ladner is a charming community of unique boutiques and restaurants. During the summer make sure to visit the Ladner Village Market, a three-block long open-air market of fresh produce, handmade jewelry and had-crated treasures.
Centennial Beach has one the region's warmest and cleanest soft-sand beaches, as well as picnic facilities, beach volleyball, and nature trails.
Walk dykes, marshes, and meadows, and visit a one-room schoolhouse built in 1909, a Queen Anne style home built in 1905, and the historic Delta Agricultural Hall.
An impressive stretch of dyke trail runs beside Mud and Boundary Bays east of Tsawwassen. The Boundary Bay Regional Trail, which includes the East Delta Dyke Trail, winds around both bays, skirting the mudflats that once extended much farther inland. Today's dyke is a much sturdier version than the crude ones built at the turn of the century. You can put in a full day cycling 20 kilometres one way between the Surrey-Delta border and Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen. There are always shorebirds to entertain you, and towards evening the sky around Mount Baker lights up in the southeast.
The sun, the wind, and the beautiful waters of Boundary Bay call visitors to experience the sheer exhilaration of windsurfing. In Tsawwassen, on the south side of the BC Ferries causeway is a beach that attracts anglers and windsurfers. The best time to catch the breeze here is after storm blowing from the south.
The Tour de Delta was introduced to the cycling community in 2001, with the inaugural event attracting more than 200 professional cyclists from across Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand. Since that time, with great weather, challenging courses, and enthusiastic spectators, the Tour de Delta has been a continuous success.
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