Ladner Travel Blog› entry 15 of 17 › view all entries
May 14th, 2010 – by: hummingbird50
As the crow flies Ladner is only about 35 kilometers from Victoria...but you have to get on the ferry and go to the mainland. The ferry starts here in Victoria at Swartz bay terminal...and takes you on a 1.5 hours ferry ride which dock at Tsawwassen. So I took the 7:45am bus to take me to the 9:00am ferry so I could meet my friend in Tsawwassen at around 10:35am. Ooooooo what a beautiful day it was. The sun was coming up nice and pink first thing in the morning, by the time I got into town, parked my car for the day, took the bus and got on the ferry the sun was well on it's way to warming up.
So on the boat I go, it's beautiful at 9:00am...I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face already, I am sitting outside for a bit and just breathe. People are milling around outside on this warm day, taking in the sights and sounds and enjoying the views, cameras are going off everywhere...I go visit the guys who drove me to the ferry and go have some coffee and good conversation. Before I knew it I was walking off the ferry ...Time had gone by very quickly.
So there I was standing in Tsawwassen wondering where the heck is my friend.
HISTORY OF LADNER
For a great many years First Nations people lived along the Fraser river, turning to the sea and the river for salmon and shellfish. This was the mainstay of their diet. The First settlers of this area were drawn to the fertile land of the river Delta, made up of silt and sand deposited as the Fraser River slows to meet the sea.
In 1868 the brothers William and Thomas Ladner preempted land on either side of the Chilukthan.
In 1873 a wharf was built on property that was donated by William Ladner. Farmers loaded produce, livestock onto steamboats for markets in Victoria, Nanaimo and New Westminister, and then Vancouver. The site became known as Ladner's Landing, where a village grew up to serve the farmers. The area was also rich for fishing, Salmon canneries sprang up along the banks of the river, a small Chinatown was developed nearby.
In 1879, the residents of Ladner joined with others in petitioning the provincial government to incorporate the new municipality of Delta.
The lower mainland region is home to the Tsawwassen First Nation people, with their 700 acre reserve located near the BC Ferry Terminal in Tsawwassen. The Tsawwassen People are one of 54 coast Salish nations who inhabited this land thousands of years ago.
The area comprises of so many things. There is Burns Bog, preserved by the Burns Bog society...nicknames Lungs of Vancouver as the bog acts as a kind of biological filter, helping to clean the air over a very wide area.
There is the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Located on the western fringe of the estuary in Delta. (hmmmm I must go here to). It is the wintering grounds of more than 230 species of birds. like geese, teals, marsh hawks, coots...on and on...who make this their nesting grounds. Some birds stay year around while birds like the snow geese winter there from October to march before heading to Wrangle Island which is on the coast of northeastern Siberia.
There is much to do there, you can fish, water ski, boats, kayaks.
We followed the dike trail which follows the perimeter of the bay from Boundary Bay Park east...to Mud Bay. This is the Boundary Bay Regional Trail and all 29Km is public park. It was a fine morning for our walk.
Soooooooooooo after our little hike and chat...we were hungry so onwards to Ladner for food.
Yiipeeeeee...we stopped in this little deli I had a vegy sandwich and coffee...we sat outside chit chatted some more.
Then to the shops...and a walk around Ladner so I could take some photos.
After lunch...we went to Jacquie's hose, sat ans chit chatted some more...went for coffee.
I had Jacquie take me to the 700pm ferry and back to Victoria I went. The ferry was full of excited people..after enjoying the sun and warmth of the evening, I got on the bus back to the bus depot.
I started to look for my car keys...WHAT THE HECK...WHERE ARE MY CAR KEYS...I CAN'T FIND THEM..........okay panic started to set in. I am keyless...can't start my care without my keys...it is already 10:00pm...no keys...I tore my purse apart...I tore the depot apart...I looked everywhere...no keys...it is a 40 minute drive home...a verrrrryyyyyyy long walk I could be home by Sunday :) No keys...I am still panicking...dumped everything out of my purse...phoned my friend..no keys there...phoned the ferries lost and found...no keys.
So the maintenance person at the depot was kind enough to give me a ride all the way to my house....and he lives no where near where I live...but he drove me home. I got home...I though I am going to dump my purse one more time...took every single thing out of my purse...nothing............not a thing...purse empty but one little zippered pocket I had not opened...I opened it...and damn there they were....first I turned a deep shade of red...because I looked everywhere (so I though)...poor dragon drove me home...and there were my keys...so after turning red...I stated to laugh and cry at the same time....I really liked seeing my keys...
So another friend is driving me into town this morning...so I can go get my my car.
It was a great ferry ride....great friends...and good food......
Thanks for the beautiful day...happy ending...and I want to do that again...so much to see just in my backyard.....
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