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Small Town. Big Fun.

Ignite your sense of fun with a visit to our popular festivals – 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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LADYSMITH Yellow Point & Cedar CONTENTS Spring 2012 Publisher Teresa McKinley publisher@ladysmithchronicle.com

Editor Lindsay Chung editor@ladysmithchronicle.com

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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

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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. Ladysmith’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 town’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

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Ladysmith’s beginnings Kit Willmot Ladysmith Historical Society

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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


GETTING TO

LADYSMITH Driving

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.

Kayaking

Ladysmith Maritime Society is considered an access/launch point for paddlers exploring B.C.’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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Staying Here

B&B Guide Beautiful bed Hawley Place Bed and Breakfast The Perfect Getaway

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Rhonda and Ed Shirley 302 Hawley Place, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1X9 Fax/Ph: 250-245-4431 Your Home for Marine Life Viewing in the Spectacular Gulf Islands • sauna • hot tub • kayaks • beach

www.cedar-beach.com 250-246-9770

120 Clam Bay Rd Thetis Island “A glorious, on-top-ofthe-world setting and a pervading sense of peace...” ~ Hot tub on west facing cliff ~ Private cabin with wonderful view, kitchenette ~ Above ground swimming pool

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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.

Call 250-246-1509 or see www.cufracliffs.com for details and reservations

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

Delight yourself in peaceful lodge accommodations

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

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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

53 acres, 300 sites - if this looks good wait till you see the campsites... - 20 minutes from Ladysmith in South Nanaimo -Turn right at R Rona Roo - Visit our website for online individual site photos and availabilit availability tty calendar - USA Today & Parenting Todayy call it one of the best places to ccamp a in BC

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Downtown

Historic First Avenue L

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.

Visitor Centre:

411 First Ave., Ladysmith

Summer Hours: Daily 9 am-5 pm Off Season: Mon-Fri 9 am -4 pm

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Discover First Avenue

• Canadian Diamonds • Fine Jewellery

Lee’s Goldsmith 516 First Avenue, Ladysmith

Est. 1985

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• custom framing • local art • unique gifts

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Mr Popper’s

Sweet Shoppe

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“Our Own” • Kettle Corn • Fudge • Cotton Candy Also assorted • British Candy • Dutch Licorice

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Safeway, endless solutions & inspiration produce meat fresh baking deli Starbucks

The Perfect Steak for Your Grill Plus... Fresh Local Fish & Shellfish, Free-Range Poultry, Lamb & Beef Homemade Sausage & Deli Meat & Cheese

Bouma Meat250-245-8131 Market

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Caring about the Community

Ladysmith 370 Trans Canada Hwy (Coronation Mall) Store Hours: 7 am - 10 pm; 7 days a week 11


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340 Island Highway, Ladysmith • • • •

3 Floors of Antiques & Collectibles Sales & Furniture Restoration Certified Appraisals Buying Quality Items Open 10 am - 5:30 pm daily

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MEXX • FRENCH DRESSING • ESPE

411A - 1st Ave, Ladysmith 250-245-7779

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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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Fun for Everyone!

Authentic Cantonese & Szechwan Cuisine Fresh Local Oysters Fully Licensed - Draft Beer

Parks, Recreation & Culture

Daily Smorg at 5 pm Proudly serving Ladysmith since 1999

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Check out our Summer Activity Guide for information on daycamps, programs, swim & fitness schedules, drop-in sports & special events! follow us on twier or facebook: ladysmithparksrecreationculture

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We are bursting with recreational activities & fun-filled events for all ages!

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• Homemade Desserts • Rated Best Cheesecake on the Island • Homemade Bread • Soups and More • Breakfast the Old-Fashioned Way

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Bistro-Style Meals • breakfast • lunch •dinner

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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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The Arts

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&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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

and find a treasure to take home. To find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on, visit www. ladysmithwaterfrontgallery.com or call 250-245-1252.

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Arts on the Avenue A

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&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a thing. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Live local talent shines I

f you love live enter tainment, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

org to find out about upcoming shows, tickets and times.

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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Welcome to LMS Community Marina Close to Town

The many shops, restaurants and services in downtown Ladysmith are only a 10 minute walk or a comfortable trolley ride away.

Harbour Tours

July & August 10:30 & 2:00 Daily other times by request (weather permitting)

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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.

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Active Living

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.

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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.

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Explore Ladysmith’s trails L

ove to explore nature on foot? Ladysmith’s beautiful harbour setting and hillside landscapes offer more than 26 kilometres of hiking and walking trails with easy access for residents and visitors to the many natural areas in the community. Christie Falls may be among Ladysmith’s best-kept secrets. The Bush Creek waterfall is located above the Ladysmith Spor tsmen Club Bush Creek Hatcher y. It’s easily accessed when the hatchery volunteers are doing maintenance Sunday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Otherwise, visitors will have to park outside the hatchery gate and walk two and a half hours to the tiered falls. One of the most well-known trails in Ladysmith is the Holland Creek Trail. Holland Creek Trail winds 5.8 kilometers along both sides of Holland Creek.The trail appeals to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and two major access points for the Holland Creek Trail provide ample parking. Access the trail at the dip on Dogwood Drive or at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Methuen Street. The 1.2-kilometre Rotar y Lookout Trail is accessed near the log bridge at the top of the Holland Creek Trail. Enjoy spectacular views of the town, harbour, Gulf Islands and, on a

Heart Lake clear day, Mount Baker. Hear t Lake Loop is a challenging 6.4-kilometre hike that rewards you with incredible views. The hike will take about two hours to complete. Initially, the trail is very steep, but there are rest stations along the way. The trail, which you can access from Davis Road Par k or Holland Creek Trail, follows the lake then meanders to Holland Creek. Intersecting with the Hear t Lake Loop, the Stocking Lake Loop is a beautiful, winding hike that takes you to Stocking Lake.

This challenging 9.3-kilometre trail begins at Davis Road Park and takes about two hours and 40 minutes to hike. Looking for something near the ocean? The one-kilometre Marine Walk trail star ts at Transfer Beach and ambles through the trees to the waterfront. The trail then passes the Maritime Society wharves and follows an old abandoned railway path and ends at the Government Wharf. The Estuary Trail is a shor t 10-minute walk along the edge of the Ladysmith Harbour, which

offers great views of marine waterfowl and mammals. In the fall, salmon can be seen entering Holland Creek. When the tide is low, you can enjoy a shoreline walk to beautiful Transfer Beach Park and connect to the Marine Walk. The Estuary Trail can be accessed from a small parking lot at Kin Road. Ladysmith is also par t of the Trans Canada Trail. The Ladysmith section of the trail begins at the intersection of Chemainus and Davis roads and ends at the intersection of Christie and Strathcona roads.

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Celebrations

Maritime Festival T

here will be pirates everywhere during the Ladysmith Maritime Society’s famous Ladysmith Maritime Festival in May. This free, fun-filled family festival takes place May 25-27 at the Ladysmith Maritime Society building and marina. Pirates are a big theme at the event, and everyone is encouraged to come in their best pirate costume and practise their pirate speak. It all gets started May 23, when pirates will take over Ladysmith’s downtown for the annual pirate walk. A Stz’uminus Cultural Dinner May 25 at the Stz’uminus First Nation Cultural Centre celebrates community. There will be a wide variety of activities all day May 26 and 27, and the Maritime Festival offers a particularly fun time for kids, with a pirate treasure hunt, clowns, a kids’ zone, face painting, a petting barn and pony rides, arts and much more.The bullhead fishing derby is always popular. For those with interests in maritime

pursuits, there will be harbour tours, heritage boats, tall ships, naval vessels and displays by the Ladysmith Maritime Society heritage museum.There will also be Coast Guard demonstrations. This year’s festival will also feature the grand opening of the new Visitor Reception Centre at the Ladysmith Community Marina. Music plays a big part of the Maritime Festival. There will be a rich selection of entertainers this year, ranging from the multi-faceted ensemble of 35 professional musicians who form the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific, Canada’s Navy band on the West Coast; to the always popular two-time Juno Award-winning folk singer Valdy, who is this year’s featured artist. Don’t forget to wander around the many ar tisan stalls and discover the treats being offered by food vendors. For more information about the Ladysmith Maritime Festival, visit www. ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca.

Ladysmith Days F

or more than 40 years, residents and visitors have counted down the days to Ladysmith Days in August. Once again, a wide variety of exciting activities for the whole family have been planned in the community. An annual two-day event run by a group of local volunteers, Ladysmith Days celebrates all the talented entertainers in Ladysmith with an exciting lineup of musicians, singers and dancers. This year, Ladysmith Days will take place August 11 and 12. A wide range of events and activities for the whole family will take place on First Avenue, at Aggie Field and at Transfer Beach. There will be new events and old favourites throughout the weekend. The long list of Ladysmith Days activities includes pancake breakfasts, a bullhead fishing derby, a street market along First Avenue, a parade, the presentation of the Citizen of the Year Award, fun children’s activities, a Ladysmith Has Talent competition, live music, craft and food vendors and a colourful fireworks display. Learn more about Ladysmith Days at www.ladysmithdays. com. 26

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Festival of Lights F

rom the last Thur sday in November until the first Sunday in January, Ladysmith comes alive with shimmering lights. This year promises to be even more spectacular than usual, as Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. “I don’t know if we can make it bigger and better,” said Festival of Lights Society member Duck Paterson. “The goal of the committee is to make it more memorable. We always have lights, we always have an amazing parade, most of the time we have control over the weather, and we always have a great fireworks show. Our thinking is ‘let’s try to give people something to remember.’ ” For the 25th-anniversary Festival of Lights, the society is looking at special entertainment and new decorations. “It’s going to be an amazing show, and we hope people will remember it just a little more,” said Paterson. The Festival of Lights started in 1987 when Bill Fitzpatrick and a couple of Ladysmith merchants agreed that new and more festive street decorations were needed to complement www.ladysmithchronicle.com

Ladysmith’s successful heritage revitalization project. The early focus was to decorate the downtown core, but this expanded to include the Coronation Mall and the blocks surrounding the downtown area. Over the years, the scale of the light display has grown from just a couple of strings to many thousands. Every year, the community comes together to celebrate Light Up Night the last Thursday in November. Santa Claus flips a switch, and the town is filled with sparkling Christmas lights. Light Up festivities include live entertainment, a spectacular parade, a huge fireworks display, concessions and souvenirs. More than 200,000 twinkling Christmas lights are strung up in the streets, on rooftops and on buildings, and the colourful lights are left up until mid-January. The Festival of Lights has become a major attraction, bringing more than 20,000 visitors from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Pacific Northwest and points beyond. Keep up to date on all things Festival of Lights at www.ladysmithfol.com. 27


Cedar & Yellow Point

Discover the countryside N

orth of Ladysmith, you’ll find beautiful rambling country roads, friendly farmers, talented artists and a variety of beaches, parks and trails in Yellow Point and Cedar. On a broad forested peninsula that juts out into the waters of Stuart Channel in the Strait of Georgia, this beautiful rural area faces DeCourcy, Ruxton, Pylades, Valdes and Thetis islands. The main road into Yellow Point is Yellow Point Road, which is accessible from Cedar Road. There is plenty to discover nestled among the evergreen forests and picturesque waterfront.Take your time and enjoy the natural beauty of Cedar and Yellow Point. Agritourism is an important boon to several of the farms in the Cedar and Yellow Point area. You will also find a thriving art and theatre scene in this area. Discover the farms, galleries, studios and shops on the famous self-guided Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour and Country Christmas Artisan Tour. Visitors looking for outdoor walks and hikes

don’t have to go far. The area offers a great range of trails, as well as many opportunities for paddling at freshwater lakes. Hemer Provincial Park on Holden Lake is a great place to paddle, and the park boasts a great trail system. The 93-hectare park offers bass and trout fishing and a short network of forested trails that lead through the woods to the west side of Holden Lake. Take a walk back in time on the Morden Colliery Park and Trail. The trail runs along an old rail grade used to move coal from the mines of South Wellington to Boat Harbour during the early years of the 20th century. At one end of the trail is Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park, and you will find Hemer Provincial Park at the other end. The Nanaimo River separates the two pieces of this pretty 3.4-kilometre woodland trail. You can also visit nearby Quennell Lake or Roberts Memorial Park, a 14-hectare park located on Yellow Point Road. A peaceful walk through second-growth forest leads to a sandstone beach. Enjoy picnicking, swimming

and fishing in this serene little haven. Listen for barking sea lions and keep your eyes open for great blue herons and the occasional Pacific Loon. Other good picnic spots include Yellow Point Park, which offers extensive and beautiful forest hiking trails, and Blue Heron Park, a beach park with picnic tables, good beach access and swimming. Don’t miss the Cable Bay Trail. Cable Bay is a must-see for the mid-Island explorer. There is a lot of sandstone to explore here, especially at lower tides. The 56-hectare Nanaimo River Regional Park is one of the few remaining natural forests along the lower reaches of the Nanaimo River and a good example of mature coastal Douglas fir ecosystem. A developed trail network provides walkers, cyclists, swimmers and nature lovers with lots of room to play in the woods and along the river. While exploring this beautiful area, be sure to enjoy the area’s wonderful selection of lodgings, restaurants and pubs.

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un on the farm awaits you in Cedar and Yellow Point. These rural communities offer a variety of agritourism opportunities that are fun for the whole family. Yellow Point Cranberries is a family-owned and operated cranberry farm on Yellow Point Road. The 43-acre farm produces more than 20 specialty preserves from its farm fresh cranberries and offers tours. For more information, visit www.yellowpointcranberries.com. Yawning Acres is a 60-acre working and hobby farm in Cedar. This farm on Cedar Road offers activities throughout the year, including corn roasts, haunted hay rides at Halloween, a pumpkin patch and more. Call 250-713-6304 or 250-722-2719 for more. Visit Hazelwood Herb Farm in North Oyster, and you will find a wide variety of delicious culinary products, all made at the farm, including jellies, breads, teas and herb oils. Find out more information at www.hazelwoodherbfarm.com. Visit the farm animals at The Petting Farm at Cedar Woods. Pick veggies fresh from the gardens, walk the wooden trails, enjoy the barbecue and picnic area and more. Visit www.pettingfarmcedar.ca for more. McNab’s Corn Maze on Yellow Point Road offers an extensive pumpkin patch and corn maze, as well as hay rides and pick-your-own pumpkins. Learn more at www.mcnabscornmaze.com. While exploring the area’s farms, stop in at the Cedar Farmers’ Market, Cedar Swap Meet and the Cassidy Farm Market and Deli.The Cedar Farmers’ Market is held on the fields by the Crow and Gate Neighbourhood Pub at 2313 Yellow Point Rd. and is open from 10 a.m. to early afternoon Sundays from Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving. The Cassidy Farm Market and Deli can be found across the Trans-Canada Highway from the Nanaimo Airport. The Cedar Swap Meet is held Sunday mornings at the Cedar Community Hall.

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Take your time on the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour N

estled among the evergreen forests and picturesque waterfront, there are many unique studios, shops, galleries and farms to discover during the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour. Pick up a tour map at the Ladysmith Visitor Centre on First Avenue or download a map at www.cyartisans.com. Take your time exploring the countryside just off the TransCanada Highway between Nanaimo and Ladysmith. The tour is a wonderful way to spend a day driving in the country and discovering Cedar and Yellow Point, meeting artists and new friends. You can’t get lost, and if you do, it will be fun. The ver y popular Cedar Farmers Market beside the Crow and Gate opens on Mother’s Day. Be there early for the fresh farm products. Adding to the charm of the tour, the meandering country roads, the cedars, the smell of sea, quaint beaches and spring air is the artists. JoVic Pottery is right across the road from the Page Point Inn. Hazelwood Herb Farm has a tremendous array of herbs and farm made culinary products. Fredrich’s Honey is so fresh you can smell the flowers.This fully-operational apiary produces and sells honey and bee products. Fresh cranberries, farm tours and more than 30 culinar y treats are available at Yellow Point Cranberries. Bob Belhouse creates digital photography. Honeysuckle Gift Cottage is a unique combination of English country garden and art nouveau. Award-winning artist Claudia Lohmann’s distinctive paintings

are wor th the experience. Intricate and elaborate designs are featured on canvas, as well as up-cycled pieces. Just across the road, you will find Bar ton & Leier Galler y, well known for original art and a unique line of giftware, as well as a great garden. Well wor th the drive, discover Goatwillow Studio Gift Shop, which offers something unique with a touch of humour and charm. The Doll House Gift Shop has been on the tour since the very first day, creating teddies, dolls, children’s clothing and more. There are some incredible Bed and Breakfasts and remarkable restaurants on the tour. Try the Page Point Inn right on the water on Ladysmith Harbour, the Mahle House and the Cedar Plank, or drop in for refreshments at the Crow and Gate Pub or the Wheatsheaf Pub.

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hether you’’re hoping to spend a day by the water or in the hear t of the town, Ladysmith has so much to offer. There’s always something to do at Transfer Beach, as these boys and this cyclist can attest, and we have many special events, including car shows and festivals.

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Upcoming Ladysmith Events August 26: Arts on the Avenue arts festival along First Avenue. August 26: Mike Alviano plays Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m.

May May 25-27: Ladysmith Maritime Festival at the Ladysmith Maritime Society. Community Marina and docks May 27: Rotary Club Garden Show, Tour and Sale. Show and Sale at Aggie Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15.

September September 16: Terry Fox Run at Frank Jameson Community Centre.

June June 27: Ladysmith leg of the GutBuster Trail Running Series. Starting and finishing at Transfer Beach, the race goes through Holland Creek. June 22: Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course.

July July 1: Celebrate Canada Day at Transfer Beach. July 1: Ladysmith Resources Centre hosts Kemal Evans Band for Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m.

July 8: Bluegrass Fever plays Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. July 15: Brits on the Beach Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Transfer Beach.. July 15: Doug Cox and Anela Kahiamoe perform during Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. July 29: The Naden Band performs at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. for Concerts in the Park.

August

November

August 5: Elfsong performs for Concerts in the Park at Transfer Beach Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. August 11-12: Ladysmith Days celebration. Fireworks, parade, live music and much more. Visit www.ladysmithdays.com. August 18: Show and Shine Car Show on First Avenue. The show starts at 10 a.m. August 19: Original rock band Kings Without performs at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. for Concerts in the Park.

November 11: Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the Ladysmith Cenotaph and Empty Chair Ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Legion. November 22-25: Annual Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Association self-guided Country Christmas Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 29: 25th Anniversary Festival of Lights Light-Up parade, activities and fireworks. The Festival of Lights continues until mid-January.

December December TBA: Ladysmith Fire and Rescue Santa Claus Parade. December TBA: Breakfast with Santa at Aggie Hall. December 8: Mount Brenton Power and Sail Squadron Christmas Sail Past at Transfer Beach.

January January 1: Polar Bear Swim at Transfer Beach. 34

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