LADYSMITH Yellow Point & Cedar Visitor Guide
Small Town. Big Fun.
Ignite your sense of fun with a visit to our popular festivals â€“ the famous Festival of Lights, Arts on the Avenue, Maritime Festival and Ladysmith Celebration Days are just a few of the annual events. Start here to plan your next adventure on the 49th Parallel! Visit tourismladysmith.ca/fun
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Discover Ladysmith Local history Getting here Making the move B&Bs Staying here Downtown Shopping Dining Local arts Arts on the Avenue Live theatre, music Marine welcome Transfer Beach Active lifestyles Hiking trails Celebrations Yellow Point/Cedar Local events Upcoming events
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LADYSMITH Heritage by the Sea
here truly is something for everyone in Ladysmith. Our charming town offers world-class outdoor recreational opportunities, a renowned trail system through picturesque forests, beautiful parks, first-class shopping and dining in the historic downtown area and fun-filled waterfront activities at Transfer Beach. Located literally on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is 26 kilometres south of Nanaimo and 85 kilometres north of Victoria on Highway 1. Ladysmith is easily accessible by land and air, making it convenient for tourists and also an excellent home for city commuters from Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. Founded at the turn of the century by coal baron James Dunsmuir, the town is one of the oldest communities on Vancouver Island. Ladysmithâ€™s downtown core features buildings that were brought here or constructed in the early 1900s. Stroll along the beautiful downtown core, and you will find history everywhere you turn. First Avenue is lined with photographs and pieces of mining equipment that honour the townâ€™s early days as a mining community. While Ladysmith celebrates its heritage, the town has all the modern conveniences and amenities visitors expect. Shopping options include groceries, clothing, home decor, the arts, books, health foods, computers and much more, and there are plenty of dining options. With a population of more than 8,500, Ladysmith still retains a genuine smalltown charm, and the town is known for its abundance of community spirit. Come share in the excitement at one of our legendary annual celebrations, such as the Festival of Lights beginning on the last Thursday of November or Ladysmith Days in August. 4
Ladysmith’s beginnings Kit Willmot Ladysmith Historical Society
n the 1900s, Nanaimo was the hub of a thriving coal industry, with many mines in the area. When the coal seams were becoming depleted, a new mine was opened up at Extension, southwest of Nanaimo, in 1898. James Dunsmuir, the owner, intended to ship the coal through his existing facilities in Departure Bay, Nanaimo, but he had previously had a dispute with the Western Fuel Company, over whose land he would have to lay the railway, and permission was denied. Dunsmuir decided to make Oyster Harbour his shipping port, so in 1898, construction of a railway from Extension to Oyster Harbour was started. Coal handling and shipping facilities were also constructed at the harbour; the wharves www.ladysmithchronicle.com www.ladysmithchronicle.com
were to handle ocean-going ships. Miners started moving to Extension, but Dunsmuir said he didn’t want his miners to live by the mine but at Oyster Harbour. Work started on building houses and shops, and many shops and hotels in Wellington were partly dismantled and brought here on railway flat cars and reassembled. While all this work was going on, the Boers were besieging the British Army in Ladysmith, South Africa. After 118 days, General Redvers Buller led troops to lift the siege. Dunsmuir was at Oyster Harbour in 1900 overseeing progress when news of the relief came, so he re-named the site Ladysmith in honour of the event. Ten of the streets in Ladysmith are named after generals who fought in that war. After the 1914-1918 First World War, demand for coal fell off, and Extension
mine closed in 1931, leaving Ladysmith in the doldrums. In 1933, a violent windstorm blew down thousands of trees on the hills behind Ladysmith. In 1936, Comox Logging and Railway Company came and started salvaging them, bringing prosperity back to Ladysmith. Ladysmith has a very interesting past, and you can find out more about the people and stories behind this town at the Ladysmith Archives or the Ladysmith Historical Society’s new museum. Ladysmith’s archives are located behind the Tim Hortons on First Avenue, and the building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ladysmith Museum can be found at 721 First Ave. Visit www.ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca or call 250-245-0100 for more information. 5
The Trans-Canada Highway spans the east side of Vancouver Island. About 30 minutes south of Nanaimo and about an hour north of Victoria, the entrance to Ladysmith is prominently set along the highway. Visitors from the north and the south can take a picturesque drive and make their way to Ladysmith all year round. Arriving by Ferry Visitors can also come to Vancouver Island by ferry and drive to Ladysmith. There is daily BC Ferries service between Tsawwassen and Victoria and between Vancouver and Nanaimo. Once on the Island, there are bus and taxi 6
options for travelling to and from the ferry terminals. For more information about ferry schedules and fares, visit www.bcferries.com. Flying There are plenty of options for off-Island visitors as well. The Nanaimo Airport is located just 15 minutes away in Cassidy, and Air Canada flies to the airpor t seven days a week from Vancouver. The third-largest airport on Vancouver Island has added a second route to and from Vancouver through Orca Airways. Find more information at www. nanaimoairport.com. There are also float plane flights into Nanaimo, and the Victoria Airport is only about an hour away.
Ladysmith Maritime Society is considered an access/launch point for paddlers exploring B.C.â€™s coast through the BC Marine Trails Network. Visit www.bcmarinetrails. org for information. Sailing Visitors sailing themselves to Ladysmith can book moorage at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina by calling Mark Mercer at 250-245-1146 or reserve a spot online by visiting www. ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca. Sailors can also call Rob Waters at the Ladysmith Marina at 250-245-4521 or visit www.ladysmithmarina.com for moorage opportunities. www.ladysmithchronicle.com
Moving to Ladysmith W
ith all the warmth and charm of small-town living and a full range of services and amenities, it’s easy to see why so many people are proud to call Ladysmith home. Ladysmith’s temperate climate is a huge draw for people relocating from other areas of Canada., and once they get here, they quickly discover just how much this hillside community has to offer. If you are thinking of moving to Ladysmith, the Chamber of Commerce is happy to help. The Chamber of Commerce has developed a Ladysmith Relocation Guide, and you can find answers to your questions about schools, churches, temporary accommodations, real estate agents, transportation and more by visiting the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce at 411B First Ave.
or contacting the Chamber Office at 250-245-2112. L a d y s m i t h h a s a n a c t i ve Newcomers Club that is a nonprofit social club for people who are new to Ladysmith. The club welcomes new residents and offers friendship to singles and couples new to Ladysmith. The club organizes a variety of fun activities such as walks and restaurant outings so people can get to know one another and get to know the community. For more information, contact the Chamber Office or contact the Ladysmith Newcomers Club at 250-2459344. Ladysmith also offer s the Welcome Wagon to newcomers. Ladysmith’s civic-minded businesses support the Welcome Wagon in providing new residents with a warm welcome with
free information and gifts. The local Welcome Wagon is another great source of support and information to newcomers. Call 250-245-0799 to learn more. Swing by City Hall at 410
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B&B Guide Beautiful bed Hawley Place Bed and Breakfast The Perfect Getaway
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nwind and experience Ladysmith on a completely different level by visiting one of our many charming bed and breakfasts. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you in the heart of beautiful Vancouver Island. Dotted throughout the region, each bed and breakfast offers a different experience. Whether you are looking for seclusion and quiet in the woods or a stunning view of the ocean, our full complement of accommodations is enough to keep you entertained and relaxed on this visit and many more visits to come. Soak up the local knowledge from your friendly hosts, and relax in the comfort of their homes. Staying in a bed and breakfast gives you a unique opportunity to interact with the local people, who are happy to suggest activities in the area and will share their passion for this beautiful part of the world. Stop by the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Centre on First Avenue to find out more information about local B&Bs. They will be happy to help you tailor your trip. You can also learn more about local bed and breakfasts through the Ladysmith and Area Accommodations Association. Visit www. ladysmith-bc-accommodations.com for more information.
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Fiddick’s Farm B&B located in Cedar-by-the-Sea • Spectacular Views • Lap Pool and Spa • Quiet Restful 1431 Ivor Rd, Nanaimo, BC 250-722-2507 250-751-5963 ﬁddickfarm@shaw.ca www.island.net/~ﬁddick
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12 rooms overlooking a kiwi farm, pets on approval, children OK, a great place for groups. 8
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Rooms with a View
t the end of a busy day exploring Ladysmith and the area, settle down in a variety of accommodations. You’ll find a range of bed and breakfasts, oceanside cabins, camping and a motel. A local bed and breakfast can give you the chance to experience the area on on a very local level. Holiday House Motel, located right on the Trans-Canada Highway, offers easy access to Transfer Beach, the marina, picturesque downtown and shopping at Coronation Mall. Comfortable rooms offer beautiful harbour views. Looking for camping ideas? Near Ladysmith, Rondalyn Resort on Timberlands Road offers family RV and tenting, while Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Park has 300 sites on 53 acres just 20 minutes north of Ladysmith.
Comfortable rooms with harbour views. Close to Transfer Beach, shopping and marina. Complimentary breakfast for B&B rooms.
Holiday House Motel toll-free reservations 1-888-310-2299 ofﬁce reservations 250-618-5830 540 Esplanade (Trans Canada Hwy) www.ladysmithholidayhouse.com
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adysmith’s downtown honours the town’s rich heritage and celebrates its present and future by offering a wide variety of shopping and dining options that appeal to everyone. Century-old buildings serve as the backdrop for a lovely walk along First Avenue. This year, the Town of Ladysmith began recognizing buildings in the downtown core that are of historical significance in the community by installing heritage plaques on seven buildings on First Avenue and Buller Street. The plaques, which can be found on the outside of the buildings, feature a historical photo of the building and a brief history. Inside these buildings are friendly business owners and
staff eager to help you find just what you’re looking for. You’ll find computers, books, health food, auto supplies, craft supplies, banks, a credit union, realtors, a law office, financial services, hairdressers, a bakery, coffee shops and much more along First Avenue. While strolling down Ladysmith’s main street, you’ll discover many signs of the town’s past.The Heritage Route, a self-guided tour through the town, links the downtown core with Transfer Beach Park and teaches you about mining, forestry, rail and marine history in Ladysmith. Spend some time looking at the historical photographs featured in the metal collage on First Avenue. Learn
more about old equipment by explor ing the town and tracking down the the Fordson donkey, the Bull Block, the Ore Cart, weigh scales, a locomotive built in 1923 and many more unique heritage artifacts. Go one step further and visit the new Ladysmith Museum, at 721 First Ave. The museum is run by volunteers, and it features a wide selection of artifacts, photographs, interesting facts and stories. Find historical information at the Ladysmith Archives behind Tim Hor ton’s, then extend your heritage tour to the waterfront and visit the Maritime Museum and take a historic boat tour of the Ladysmith Harbour.
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ove to shop? Whether you are looking for a mall or for unique boutique shops, you can shop ‘till you drop in Ladysmith. Stroll along historic First Avenue in downtown Ladysmith and discover great shopping inside century-old buildings. Inside these beautiful revitalized heritage buildings, you will find friendly store owners who are excited to answer your questions. Along First Avenue, you will find a grocer, a meat shop, a health food store, hair salons, a bakery, a soup and sandwich diner, clothing, housewares, jewellery, pet supplies, real estate agents, shoes, restaurants, a drug store, books, the community newspaper, a computer store, auto supplies, craft supplies and more. It’s all there for you to discover at your own pace. Coronation Mall in south Ladysmith is right on the Trans-Canada Highway and offers a variety of shops and services. You’ll find the town’s only government liquor store, a major food store, a drug store, travel agents, banks, hairdressers, a sit-down family restaurant, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. The friendly volunteers at the Community Police Station in Coronation Mall are always happy to answer questions and visit. Complete your Ladysmith shopping experience by taking the trolley through town. The red and green trolley blends the old with the new — there is air conditioning, but the seats are made of wood. Pulling on the stop cord makes a bell ring.
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ave you worked up an appetite exploring our beautiful town? Satisfy your sweet tooth, your craving for pizza or your plain-old hunger pangs in Ladysmith. You’ll be able to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely sit-down meal in town. At the south end of the town, there are many options at Coronation Mall, including sit-down meals, fast food and coffee and sweet treats. Whether you’re looking for a quick treat or a long, relaxed meal out with family or friends, you’ll find it downtown. You can enjoy home baking, bistro-style meals, fresh-roasted coffee, Asian cuisine, Greek dishes, fast food, pizza and much more in Ladysmith’s restaurants and coffee shops. You can also find all the supplies you need for a picnic at the beach at one of our grocery stores. Start heading north of town, and you’ll find fast food, pizza, pubs and a variety of dining options to satisfy any craving in Cassidy, Yellow Point and Cedar.
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Showcasing local artists T
he only ar t galler y between Victoria and Nanaimo, Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery celebrates local art by hosting shows every month and offering a unique gift shop. A group of dedicated artists and volunteers opened the gallery in 2006, and it has grown exponentially over the years. You can find the galler y in the historic Expo Building on Oyster Bay Drive, which was once used as a train repair shop during the mining boom. The integrity of the building has
been preserved, with the architecture being incorporated into the gallery. Huge beams, high ceilings and breathtaking views of the harbour only add to the extraordinary art found in the gallery. Membersâ€™ art is featured in 12 thematic shows a year, which include all kinds of art created by students, international artists, and everyone in between. You will find two-dimensional work, three-dimensional pieces and photography gracing the walls and the gift shop.
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The Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery at 610 Oyster Bay Dr. is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Drop by and take your time to look around
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rts on the Avenue is a one-day extravaganza of art on the street that takes place every summer right in the heart of downtown Ladysmith. Started 14 years ago, the one-day festival brings artists and art lovers together under huge white tents on First Avenue. This year, the festival will take place Sun., Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get there early so you donâ€™t miss a thing. This yearâ€™s featured artists are Victor and Josee Duffhues of JoVic Pottery.Victor is renowned for throwing a perfect pot, and potters from Europe have been known to work with him to perfect their technique. During Arts on the Avenue, a sea of white tents line the streets, and tucked under those tents, gorgeous art is on display for sale. If you love art, this is the place to discover everything from paintings to jewellery, pottery, carving, metal pieces, photography, painted glassware, hand-woven items, artisan food and community groups. Meet the artist, enjoy the day and take home a treasure. Live music by local artists fills the air, dancing entertains the crowds, and children have their own hands-on art station where they can paint, draw and create interesting crafts throughout the day. Visit www.artonavenue.com for more information.
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f you love live enter tainment, youâ€™ll find plenty of opportunities to catch live theatre and live music in Ladysmith. The Ladysmith Little Theatre offers the ver y best in local shows. The theatreâ€™s home is the old Diamond School House on Christie Road. Built in 1912, Diamond School had originally been a one-room school, and an additional room was added during the 1950s. The Ladysmith Little Theatre opened its doors in March 2004 and has been growing and building a reputation for providing high-calibre community theatre. This year, the theatre put on its first musical. Find out more about show schedules and ticket prices at www. ladysmiththeatre.com. The Yellow Point Drama Group also hosts shows in Cedar. The group has been providing high-quality community theatre in this area since 1952. Visit www.yellowpointdramagroup.
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Live music There are a lot of talented singers and musicians in Ladysmith, and the town offers many opportunities for them to take the stage. In the Beantime CafĂŠ often hosts live music, and this intimate, cozy coffee shop hosts an Open Stage the second Saturday of every month. The 49th CafĂŠ brings in live music every month, and many of the acts who play in this comfortable cafĂŠ are local. Dur ing the summer months, the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association presents live music on the waterfront. Concer ts in the Park is an annual concert series that offers live music at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre Sunday nights in July and August. Performances this year range from big band and original rock to bluegrass and acoustic folk pop.
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Maritime Museum July & August 10am-4pm daily Visit our award-winning, floating Maritime Museum and be transported back in time to when fishing, coal mining and logging shaped a way of life in Ladysmith Harbour, and view our heritage boats. Groups are welcome to call 250-245-0109 to arrange special visiting times. Donations are welcome.
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arine visitors to Ladysmith will receive a beautiful welcome when they arrive at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina. The Ladysmith Mar itime Society’s Community Marina Visitor Facilities Project, which includes a new floating twofloor Marine Reception Centre that embraces the beauty of West Coast design, has been completed and is ready to welcome visitors. The 3,000-square-foot Marine Reception Centre features many amenities that are important to marine visitors — such as showers, washrooms, laundry, hospitality meeting space and Wi-Fi access. The centre also houses the marina office and a special
events area for hosting group functions. A sewage pump-out was installed near the outer edge of the marina for use by all users of the harbour. Pump-out facilities are limited in the Cowichan Marine Corridor and Gulf Islands — the station will be a major draw to the area and will improve the environmental health of the harbour, which is an historically significant food source for the Stz’uminus First Nation and an important site for the local shellfish industry. A number of accessibility improvements were made during the project. The ramp and docks linking the shore to the floating Visitor Reception Centre were widened and
made more stable to accommodate users of all ages, as well as wheelchairs, carts and increased foot traffic. Electrical upgrades were also completed. The Ladysmith Mar itime
Society’s new Marine Reception Centre can be booked for meetings, conferences, weddings, social events and rendezvous. For more information, visit www.lmsmarina.ca.
• Offering independent and Assisted Living Supports and Service in our modern building located within an urban setting, and in close proximity of all shopping, health and social amenities. • There are a number of studio, onebedroom and two bedroom suites; many suites feature a den and most suites have French balconies. • A combination of government-funded and market suites. • Assisted Living Services to support daily living • Engaging activities, entertainment and recreation • Social and activity programs • Transportation services
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A life well-lived, here.
Summer Incentive Rates starting at $1250 per month Our Philosophy all inclusive We encourage residents to enjoy an active, independent lifestyle. We can provide you with as much or as little help as you require.
Our Values We are people supporting people and we want everyone to feel cared for, respected and secure. Staff are hired to meet our all-round standards.
Our Staff We believe our staff have chosen their vocations because they thrive on helping others.
Our Committment “Respect for our residents, our staff, and our community”
Suites Moving Quickly
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Transfer Beach Park
On the shores of the Georgia Straight, just a short walk from downtown Ladysmith lies the town’s premier park — Transfer Beach Park. This centrally-located 28.33-acre park on the waterfront is considered the pride of Ladysmith and is a major gathering spot for activities and community events. Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, Transfer Beach Park boasts beautiful views of the harbour. There are plenty of amenities at the park, including food concessions, waterbased businesses, a children’s spray park, a beach volleyball court, a horseshoe pitch, an off-leash dog area and fully equipped and accessible bathrooms. The Kin Hut and a wide expanse of grass and trees provide the ideal picnic area. To access Transfer Beach Park, turn 22
onto Transfer Beach Boulevard from the Trans-Canada Highway or take a short walk or drive from Ladysmith’s downtown core. One of the most popular activities at Transfer Beach is kayaking, and Ladysmith is known as a kayaker’s paradise. Sealegs Kayaking and Marine Adventures offers guided kayak tours; snorkel adventures; stand-up paddleboard rentals; kayak rentals and sales; Hobie Cat pedal, paddle and sail boat rentals; clinics and lessons through its Eco Adventure Centre right at Transfer Beach Park. No experience is necessary, and you receive a free lesson. Paddle the protected waters of the Ladysmith Harbour, and you just might spot seals, purple martins, eagles and other local sea and wildlife. Bud and Sheryll Bell and their four girls
have lived and worked in Ladysmith for the past 21 years. They have offered sea kayak tours, lessons, sales and rentals from Transfer Beach since 1997. They have expanded over the years and now offer gourmet adventures, stand-up paddle boarding and a Snorkel with the Seals tour.
Staying active outside W
ith mild winters, a temperate climate and amazing views, Ladysmith is a golfer’s dream destination. The Ladysmith Golf Club is a nine-hole, Par 3 course located right next to Coronation Mall. The club, which has been offering a fun, lowcost golfing experience since 1980, recently renovated the interior and exterior of its clubhouse. A well-groomed course with various slopes, Ladysmith Golf Club is fun for golfers of all levels. There are plenty of tournaments throughout the year, and the friendly staff offers lessons as well. Call 250-245-7371 for more information. Slightly north of town, Cottonwood Golf Course offers a public 18-hole, Par 72 course that has built and maintained its reputation on beautiful greens, a well-designed course for golfers of every level, affordable golf, and a quality restaurant and event services facility. Contact the pro shop at 250-245-5157 for tee times or lessons. Head south of Ladysmith, and you’ll find Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. Established in 1948, Mount Brenton is a scenic gem with plenty of creeks, ponds and tower-
ing firs. These combine to make a challenging course for golfers of every level. Call 250-2469322 for more information. Golfing is just one of many ways to stay active outdoors in Ladysmith. Ladysmith hosts a number of running races throughout the year. Ladysmith’s Holland Creek Trail is one of the stops on the GutBuster Trail Running Series. This year’s race takes place June 17 and starts and finishes at Transfer Beach Park. Ladysmith has an active running group, the Ladysmith Striders, who participate in many races across Vancouver Island. Ever y year, the Strider s organize the Cinnamon Bun Fun Run. Held “around the time when November turns to December,” the Cinnamon Bun Fun Run is a popular 10-kilometre or five-kilometre fun run/walk that raises money and donations for the Ladysmith Food Bank. Each September, Ladysmith hosts the Terry Fox Run, a non-competitive event where people get together to raise money in Terry Fox’s name. This year’s Terry Fox Run will be held September 16.
Rentals, Sales, Tours, Lessons
A great family sport! FAMILY FRIENDLY PAR 3
• Our course is great for all levels • Rentals available • Drop-Ins Always Welcome
Family Sundays Only $25. Must be accompanied by an Adult. Maximum 3 juniors Stand-up Paddle Boards Snorkeling, Kayak Sailing
www.sealegskayaking.com Transfer Beach, Ladysmith 250.245.4096 www.ladysmithchronicle.com
2 for 1 Golf Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Ladysmith Golf Club 380 Davis Road (just above Coronation Mall) South Ladysmith
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