Present-day Delta, British Columbia, is 180-square-kilometres of city in the greater Vancouver area. Flanked by the Fraser River to the north, the border of the United States to the south, Surrey to the east, and the Strait of Georgia to the west, this booming metropolis had humble beginnings.
Archaeologists believe the area surrounding the Alex Fraser Bridge to have been home to Aboriginal settlements over 8,000 years ago, and also suggest additional settlement sites along the Strait of Georgia over 4,000 years ago. It wasn’t until the creation of British Columbia and the gold rush boom in 1858 that European settlers were drawn to the area. They soon realized the area’s potential for agriculture and fishing, thanks to the close proximity of the Fraser River and its rich soil. Shortly after, the first commercial cannery on the Pacific coast opened up in Annieville, providing prosperous employment for fishermen, as well as aboriginal women and Chinese immigrants.
What’s Delta Like?
At a population of 100,000, Delta is the largest municipality in the greater Vancouver area, and also one of the fastest-growing industrial hub. Delta is comprised of three neighbourhoods: North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwasen. More than half of the municipality resides in North Delta. Its affordable housing and location attracts immigrants and Canadians alike, and allows for an easy commute to neighbouring cities and industrial areas.
In contrast, Tsawwassen is particularly wealthy—home to luxury waterfront apartments amongst single-family dwellings and low-rises. From here, the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal connects the mainland to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. For road-trippers, Tsawwassen provides the only road access to Point Roberts, Washington.
Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of the many scenic parks and trails, whether it be by foot, bike, or even by horse. Owing to its location on the Pacific Flyway, more than five million migratory birds and bird watchers flock to the area each year. A favourite location for this activity is Boundary Bay, whose shallow waters also draw windsurfers and paddle boarders.
Events in Delta
Just over a hundred years after its founding, Delta is now a small, bustling city with arguably some of the most moderate temperatures in Canada. That balmy weather is perfect for enjoying the city’s packed calendar of events throughout the year.
The annual Tour de Delta kicks off the summer, a three-day competitive cycling event with more than $25,000 in cash prizes. Athletes can also compete in the Delta Triathlon, which boasts scenic courses for the whole family.
The Luminary Festival lights up the city in autumn with their Parade of Lights, and also features other popular events such as a Concert in the Park, best costume and lantern contests, and vendors for the young and old alike. Prefer more high-flying entertainment? Aircraft enthusiasts can find themselves in awe of aircraft acrobatics at the Boundary Bay Airshow, featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
When winter creeps back over the city, children aged 12 to 18 can compete for the title of Delta Idol. This singing competition is hosted by Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture, and showcases the talent of local youth.
Cannabis in Delta
Nearby Vancouver’s cannabis scene has gone from strength-to-strength since legalization, with a calendar that now includes classes for baking edibles and becoming a cannabis sommelier. It’s become a city where people are serious about their bud.
Sadly, there are currently no dispensaries selling cannabis in Delta. That’s a shame, considering the area; Delta’s gorgeous beaches and trails make for perfect turf for exploring with a joint.
Still, while there aren’t any dispensaries in the city just yet, all is not lost for cannabis enthusiasts. Highgarden Marijuana is a mobile marijuana dispensary that services Delta and other nearby cities with an incredible range of products.
If you’re a first-time user, chances are you’ve come across two terms you don’t quite understand: ‘sativa’ and ‘indica’. Put simply, sativa and indica are categories of cannabis that historically grew in different areas of the world. They’re also thought to have different effects when consumed.
For instance, indica-dominant strains often provide a powerful ‘body high’, which can inspire feelings of sleepiness and relaxation. Migraine and headache sufferers tend to turn to these strains for pain relief. If you’re having trouble sleeping or your feet are aching after a long day of hiking Delta’s trails, smoking one of these strains could help relax your body and calm your mind, possibly leading to a better night’s sleep. Just be mindful if you have any plans; smoking an indica won’t make it easy to peel yourself off of the couch.
Sativa strains are thought to be the total opposite. While indica-dominant strains can tend to make users sleepy, relaxed, or even a little peckish, sativa is thought to have an energizing and creative effect. That makes these strains a great choice for consumption before hitting the trails.
But cannabis is not quite as simple as that—marijuana is still not fully understood, your results may vary by a number of factors, and hybrid strains of proportionally equal sativa and indica influence exist—but the best thing to do is explore. Don’t forget: Highgarden Marijuana is your go-to mobile dispensary, a virtual ‘hemporium’ of edibles, extracts, and premium flower with hundreds of strains for you to find your favourite from—all delivered right to your door.