Discover the Flavour of Ladysmith
INCLUDES: Ladysmith, Diamond, North Oyster, Yellow Point
You don't want to miss these:
- Heritage Downtown - many local bakeries, restaurants, artisans, coffee shops
- Transfer Beach Park - amphitheatre, children's water park, ocean kayaking
- Ladysmith Fisherman's Wharf
- Ladysmith Museum - Located at the Ladysmith Maritime Society
- Spectacular pre-Christmas Festival of Lights
- Local Festivals: Ladysmith Days
- Arts on the Avenue
Ladysmith is the Cowichan Region's most northern town and the western-most Canadian population located right on the 49th Parallel. The town has an unusual seaside hill setting that offers spectacular views over the ocean and gulf islands. It is no wonder that the town was voted one of Canada's ten prettiest towns by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine. Ladysmith is also one of the greenest towns in British Columbia, with a municipal council that was quick to become an early adaptor to pioneering environmental initiatives.
Downtown Ladysmith offers a rare and remarkable flashback to another era with its vintage strip of buildings, many erected circa the town's founding in 1900 and now occupied by local merchants of all kinds: bakery, butcher, restaurants, artisans, coffee shops and book shops, and more.
Another jewel of Ladysmith is Transfer Beach Park located right on the seaside and featuring a community marina, waterfront amphitheatre, art gallery, kayak rentals, kids playground and water park, beachcombing and picnic areas. Make sure you take the Marine Walk that traces the shoreline of the park.
There is always so much to do in Ladysmith - besides the great shopping and eating, taste the forested hiking trails on Hollands Creek high above Ladysmith or view the otter-happy estuary near Coronation Mall. More serious hikers can find challenges and amazing views of Mount Baker at Heart and Stocking Lake Regional Park.
Since 1987 the Christmas Festival of Lights that takes place at the end of November has become one of the largest attractions on Vancouver Island, bringing visitors from afar to watch the parade and the spectacular fireworks display.
There's always lots happening in Ladysmith. Other Festivals that you don't want to miss in Ladysmith are: Summer Farmer Markets (Tuesdays) & Concerts in the Park Sundays, the Maritime Festival at the end of May, Arts on the Avenue featuring a street filled with art, food entertainment and fun on the last weekend in August, Ladysmith Show & Shine. The Yellow Point Players provide year-round live theatre at the Ladysmith Little Theatre.
A little history...
Ladysmith... for more on the history of Ladysmith visit the Ladysmith website and the local museum.