North Delta is a suburban city in the top corner of the Delta triangle, in British Columbia. It is bounded on the northwest by Hwy 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) and the Fraser River. The western boundary is Highway 91 (Annacis Highway) and Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve, and on the east, it's 120 St (Scott Road) and Surrey. Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve is 40 square kilometres (10,000 acres) of natural wetlands along Hwy 91, a massive park crisscrossed with trails.
It's the most populous of the three communities that make up the City of Delta (North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen), at 51,623 (2016 census); and it's growing. In the last two census, its population grew by 2,375 people, an average growth rate of 0.48% from 2011 to 2016. The population has increased largely due to improvements in transportation links with Vancouver and higher density housing. For the most part, North Delta is divided up into a grid with streets running north/south and east/west.
Homes with four bedrooms or more have traditionally been the most popular. North Delta is going through substantial change, with new high rises and higher density housing. At the corner of Scott Road and 80 Avenue, a pair of 14-storey towers stand on the southwest corner of the intersection, with a gleaming new 37-storey apartment building across the street. Delta Rise is the municipality's first skyscraper, with more than 300 units above four floors of office and retail space. Many long term Delta residents are downsizing, putting fresh single-family homes on the market. New townhouse projects are being built... all reflecting Delta's new attitude towards growth, as laid out in the North Delta Community Plan.
Delta has a population of 102,238, and North Delta makes up a little over half of that. It's a family-oriented community, with a median age of 44.4. There are plenty of parks, trails, cultural events, quiet neighbourhoods and excellent schools; with quick access to the best shopping, dining, sports and cultural opportunities in Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. North Delta is a diverse and relatively affluent community, with a median household income of $92,300 (2016 census, Delta).
North Delta has eight main neighbourhoods: Annieville, Canterbury Heights, Scottsdale, Nordel, Sunshine Hills, Panorama Ridge, Sunshine Woods and Sunbury.
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The original settlers to the North Delta area were Norwegian farmers, brick makers and mink ranchers. Annieville was the first town. Annieville has several streams that feed into Fraser River including Collings, Honeymushroom, Kendall, Knudson, Norum and McAdam. There's a beach running along the community's south end. The neighbourhood was once heavily forested, but even with the settlement of the community, it's a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Parks include Annieville Lions Park, Chalmers Park, Cougar Canyon Environmental Reserve, Deas Island Regional Park, Delview Park, John Oliver Park, Gunderson Park, Mackie Park, Sunstone Park and Watershed Park.
Canterbury Heights is a private, peaceful neighbourhood, within walking distance of Watershed Park and Mackie Park. Homes in the area are mostly single-family, typically built in the 70s, on spacious fenced lots. Newer homes have replaced some of the original houses.
Canterbury Heights is known as a family neighbourhood and has a median household income of $109,099. The community is close to schools, transit, shopping and recreation. Canterbury Heights is in the Gray Elementary School and Sands Secondary School catchment area.
Scottsdale is known as the heart of North Delta. The borders of the neighbourhood are 120 Street (Scott Road), 72nd Avenue, 112th Street and 84th Street. Most of the original homes were single-family houses, built in the 70s, on spacious lots. Many have since been replaced with new custom homes, condominiums and executive townhomes.
Scottsdale is so popular because of the shopping and dining on Scott Road, and quick access to Guildford Mall, and jobs in Surrey, Richmond and Vancouver. Chalmers Park and Gunderson Park offer baseball, soccer, other sports fields, playgrounds and walking trails.
The Nordel neighbourhood is bounded by Highway 91, 112th Street, 72nd Avenue and the Fraser River. Nordel is a suburban commuter community strategically located, with immediate access to all the major traffic routes. It's a family-oriented community, with a small-town feel. There is a wide range of home options available, ranging from single-family houses on spacious lots to master-planned planned developments, executive townhomes and luxury properties.
Nordel has some of the best recreational facilities in Delta. Sungod Recreation Centre offers five swimming pools, ice rink, gymnastics studio, weight room, cycling studio, aerobics studios and coffee bar. Planet Ice-Delta has four rinks/ice surfaces: American, Canadian, International and Legends. Burns Bog, in the Delta Nature Reserve, is the largest raised peat bog on the continent. The boardwalk is popular for walks, cycling and observing local wildlife.
Sunshine Hills Woods
Sunshine Hills Woods is made up primarily of large single-family homes, in attractive, well-maintained neighbourhoods. There are also some well-kept condos and townhouses. Sunshine Hills has the highest household median income in North Delta, at $117,632. The community offers a mix of older and newer construction and a range of price points. There are excellent shopping and dining options, including the Sunshine Hills Shopping Centre. For those considering post-secondary education, Sunshine Hills Woods is home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Recreational facilities include the Delta Nature Reserve, Watershed Park and the Sunshine Hills Woods Golf Course. Residents enjoy the Sungod Recreation Centre, a mega indoor sports facility with five pools, ice arena, sauna, steam room, swirl room aerobic and cycling studios, gymnasium, and a weight room.
Panorama Ridge is known for some of North Delta's best views. The area is defined by 64 Avenue, Scott Road, Mud Bay and King George Hwy. It's a low crime neighbourhood, with Hwy 10 passing through the north end, providing quick access. Most of the homes are single-family houses on spacious lots, but there are some condo complexes.
There are two schools in the neighbourhood: Panorama Park Elementary and Ecole Panorama Ridge Secondary. Delta Golf Club is in Panorama Ridge. Mud Bay Park offers a tranquil waterside habitat with plenty of birdlife, and Serpentine Fen is a scenic park with trails and wetlands.
North Delta was built by pioneers who came to fish and farm, settling in Annieville and Sunbury. Sunbury is a historic neighbourhood located on the banks of the Fraser River, just east of Tilbury. Sunbury extends south to the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR). The ecosystem surrounding the Fraser River estuary is thriving with wildlife, and there are several parks. Sunbury Park offers a playground, as well as baseball and soccer fields. Sunbury Hall offers local sporting events, a meeting place and farmers market.
The small-town environment, combined with its proximity to the Surrey area make Sunbury a good choice for families. The George Mackie Library and North Delta Recreation Centre are minutes away. Students attend Brooke Elementary School and Sands Secondary School.
North Delta's climate is classified as warm and temperate, with the Csb Köppen-Geiger climate classification. Temperatures are mild, without extremes; with more rainfall in the winter than in the summer.
The highest average temperatures are 24 ºC, and the lowest is 0 ºC. The yearly rainfall is 1,228 mm, and the yearly snowfall is 35 cm. The city receives the highest rainfall in November, averaging 196 mm, which works out to 16.03% of the annual rain. January is also a very rainy month, with 167.3 mm, and December gets 155.7 mm.
North Delta has a median household income of $92,300, but some of its neighbourhoods have median incomes well above $100,000. The unemployment rate is 5.3% (2016 census), 1.7% lower than that of Canada for the same period. North Delta's unemployment has dropped an average of -0.46% per year over the past 15 years, reflecting positive economic conditions for the community. North Delta's highway connections make it a fantastic commuter town, but there are plenty of opportunities within the community.
Agriculture is a substantial contributor to the economy of Delta. It's vital to Delta's economic, environmental and social sustainability, and the community strongly promotes buying and eating local. Most of Delta's farmland is located in the Agricultural Land Reserve. This restricts urban sprawl and promotes compact, family-oriented, walkable communities. Farms add to the rural character of North Delta — and the area produces some of BC's best vegetables, nursery plants and turf — but other significant industries drive the local economy, and provide jobs.
Key Delta business sectors include aerospace, communication, construction, deep sea and river shipping, energy, manufacturing, tourism and transportation. Canada's biggest container terminal, GCT Deltaport, is Delta's largest economic driver. Located in neighbouring Tsawwassen, the state-of-the-art terminal is the first semi-automated facility in the country and serves as the Gateway to the Pacific. In addition to jobs at the deep seaport, the terminal creates many opportunities in transportation and warehousing.
North Delta is served by Delta School District 37, with fourteen elementary schools and five secondary schools. Students kindergarten through grade 7 attend Annieville Elementary School, Brooke Elementary School, Chalmers Elementary School, Cougar Canyon Elementary School, Devon Gardens Elementary School, Gibson Elementary School, Gray Elementary School, Heath Elementary School, Hellings Elementary School, Jarvis Elementary School, McCloskey Elementary School, Pinewood Elementary School, Richardson Elementary School and Sunshine Hills Elementary School.
Immaculate Conception Delta is an independent elementary school located in North Delta, British Columbia. Established in 1959, the school enrols students kindergarten through grade 7. The school offers a well-rounded academic program for the children of the Immaculate Conception Parish community.
Grades 8 through 12 attend Burnsview Secondary School, Delview Secondary School, North Delta Senior Secondary, Sands Secondary and Seaquam Secondary.
26.5% of North Delta's residents have earned a university degree. Colleges include Delta Community College, Discovery Community College, Douglas College - Surrey Training Centre and Northeast of North Delta. University options are Aureus University School of Medicine, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University - Surrey Campus.
There are eight shopping centres in the North Delta area. Scottsdale Centre is an indoor and outdoor shopping centre on 120th Street (Scott Road), with more than over 40 stores and services. Anchor stores include Save On Foods, Wal-Mart and Dollarama. Nordel Crossing Shopping Centre is an open shopping centre with 28 stores. Anchor stores include Save On Foods, Blockbuster and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Scott 72 Shopping Centre is an open-air centre on 120 Street, with more than ore than 45 stores. Anchor stores include London Drugs, Staples and White Spot. Delta Shoppers Mall is a five-building strip mall oat the corner of 120 Street and Nordel Way. The centre is anchored by Jysk. Kennedy Heights Shopping Centre is a shopping plaza on 88 Avenue with 29 stores. Anchor stores include Dollarama and Lordco Auto Parts.
Nordel Centre is a shopping plaza on 84 Avenue, with local and franchise outlets. Anchor stores are Pharmasave and Timbr Mart. Named after the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, New Orleans Square is a shopping plaza with 9 stores. Anchor stores include Canadian Tire and Mark's Work Wearhouse.
There are quite a few restaurant choices in North Delta. Fresh Cravings serves an all-day breakfast. For family dining, there's a White Spot and Denny's. For a quick bite or pub fare, you have Salty's Fish & Chips and Open 20 Public House.
Many of the North Delta's residents are of Indian heritage, so you'll discover some great Indian restaurants, like Chand's Restaurant, Desi Dosa Madras Restaurant, Mirch Masala Restaurant, Tandoori Flame Surrey-Delta and Tasty Indian Bistro.
For Japanese cuisine, there are Akari Japanese Restaurant, Minori Japanese Restaurant and, Todai Sushi. If you're craving Chinese food, you'll want to try Chand's Restaurant, Lotus Restaurant or New Ruby Restaurant. Other Asian restaurants include Pho Stanley Restaurant, Asian Jazz, La Meza Grill and Thai by Thai.
For a taste of the Mediterranean, there are Apollo Pizza, Greek Fellas Restaurant and Greek Village Restaurant. For a date night, or special occasion, North Delta has a The Keg Steakhouse + Bar and Cactus Club Cafe.
77.74% of North Delta's residents are vehicle drivers. Most commuters take Highway 91 through Richmond to get to the south side of Vancouver; a trip taking about 35 minutes. Others take Hwy 99, which is about 32 minutes. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is only 21 min (25.4 km) via Hwy 99. For those who work in Surrey, the commute via 96 Ave is only 10 minutes.
Delta has become a major gateway for Canadian trade with the rest of the world. The GCT Deltaport is Vancouver’s largest container terminal. With all those goods coming into port, and incoming shipments from the US, Delta moves a lot of freight. Roughly 70% of Vancouver’s imports and 55% of its total incoming container volume move out by rail from Delta.
Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, Highway 99 (Fraser Delta Thruway), Boundary Bay Airport and its proximity to the US border have made Delta the ideal location for businesses that need to move a lot of cargo. Some of the main arterial roads in North Delta are River Road, Nordel Way, and 120th Street (Scott Road).
There is no major transit exchange in North Delta, but bus routes provide residents of North Delta connections to nearby SkyTrain stations such as Scott Road Station and 22nd Street Station, among other destinations.
Arts and Entertainment
The North Delta Centre for the Arts is nearing completion. It will be located adjacent to the North Delta Recreation Centre on 84th Avenue. North Delta has been sharing the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. The Tsawwassen Arts Centre is situated in neighbouring Tsawwassen. The venue has a theatre with a raised stage, a visual art gallery, and two multipurpose rooms. Delta arts groups use the facility for performances and recitals; and arts, theatre, music and dance classes.
The George Mackie Library offers an excellent selection of books and publications, a book drop, wi-fi and public internet stations, colour copying and printing, and quiet places to read and study.
Sports and Recreation
North Delta has some excellent parks. These include 89a Avenue Park, Annieville Lions Park, Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve, Cory Drive Park, Delview Park, Gunderson Park, North Delta Community Park, Sunbury Park, Sunstone Park and Watershed Park.
Sunshine Woods Golf Centre & Driving Range is located right in North Delta, and the Delta Golf Course is just south, in Newton. North Delta is home to three recreational complexes. The Sungod Recreation Centre offers both a swimming pool and an indoor ice rink. Planet Ice Delta (named Great Pacific Forum until recently) is an ice arena at the base of the Alex Fraser Bridge.
North Delta Recreational Centre is North Delta's oldest sports complex. The facility provides an ice rink, 6 curling sheets, and an outdoor pool.
Investing in North Delta
North Delta offers an exceptional quality of life, particularly for families. Delta's estimated household average income is 30% higher than the Canadian average, and housing is more affordable than it is in Vancouver.
The air is fresher, scenery's breathtaking, the temperatures are mild and comfortable; excellent recreational and outdoor options abound, and the schools are great. North Delta homeowners enjoy safe, clean and quiet neighbourhoods. Residents enjoy the stable prosperity of a community that makes it very attractive for businesses to choose North Delta as their preferred location.
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Listing information last updated on April 5th, 2020 at 2:45am PDT.