Totems in Stanley Park, Vancouver
Tsawwassen is a delightful seaside community in the southwestern part of Delta, close to the US border. It is situated on the northern end of a peninsula flanked by the Straight of Georgia and Salish Sea to the west and Boundary Bay to the east. It is a popular area, particularly in the summer, as many head to Centennial Beach that has one the region’s warmest and cleanest soft-sand beaches, as well as picnic facilities, beach volleyball, and nature trails. 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. 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. You can put in a full day cycling 20 km / 12 mi 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.
Nearby is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary located on Westham Island, on the wetlands of the Fraser River and 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 traveling south from Siberia every November make an especially breathtaking spectacle. Just north of Tsawwassen, is historic Ladner village, a charming community of unique boutiques and eateries.
Bordering the United States to the south, and Ladner to the North, Tsawwassen is accessible by Hwy 99 from the north or south via the Hwy 17 exit.
This region is considered the ancestral home of the Tsawwassen First Nation, and this is where the region gets its name. The Coast Salish People may have lived in this region for 4,200 years, as this is the age of the oldest archeological site found in the area. Eight different prehistoric villages have been unearthed in this region.
The first group of European settlers in the region was the expedition of Jose Maria Gervete, a Spanish Explorer, in 1791.