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Find out what Ladysmith has to offer for your family, business or retirement lifestyle.


a historic town nestled between the mountains and the sea


Cheri Mactier

Maggie Densmore

Bailey Ellis

Wes Smith

James Chisholm

Susan Hancock

Lisa Gamble

Brittany Pickard-Brown

Michael Pickard

Carol Warkentin

Adam Kelln

Damien Brown

Debbie Simmonds


Welcome to Ladysmith Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre 33 Roberts Street, Box 598 Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A4 Phone: 245-2112 • Fax: 245-2124 • Parks & Recreation Frank Jameson Community Center 810 6th Avenue, Box 220 Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A2 Phone: 245-6424 • Town of Ladysmith 410 Esplanade Box 220 Ladysmith, BC, V9G 1A2 Phone: 245-6400 • Cowichan Valley Regional District 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1N8 Phone: 746-2500 • Fax: 746-2513 •

Table of contents

Welcome statement How to Get Here Facts & Bylaws about Ladysmith Local Contacts Clubs, Service Groups, etc. Health Care in B.C. Motor Vehicle Licensing & Insurance Real Estate Statistics Calendar of Events Waterfront Plan Parks & Recreation

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Publisher: Andrea Rosato-Taylor 940 Oyster Bay Drive, P.O. Box 400, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1A3 Phone: 250-245-2277 • The Chronicle does its best to ensure content accuracy. The Chronicle is not endorsing any product or business contained within.

Dear Neighbour, As Mayor of Ladysmith, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our town – among the fastest growing communities in British Columbia in 2018. I am certain you will find this a warm and friendly place to live. In choosing Ladysmith to live, you have chosen one of the most beautiful places; with over 110 hectares of park space, more than 26 km in trails and sea views sitting right outside your front door. Our seaside Transfer Beach is a fabulous park with an amphitheatre for concerts, weddings and socializing, a spray park for kids to frolic in and warm ocean water for swimming. The Frank Jameson Community Centre features a fitness centre and indoor swimming and therapy pools. The Vancouver Island Regional Library, community health care facility, and excellent schools are just a few of the services available in Ladysmith. Offering a variety of shopping, our heritage downtown also shows the beginnings of Ladysmith with heritage buildings and historic artifacts reminding us how the town was formed over a century ago; first as a coal town and then reborn with the forestry industry. We are

very proud that in 2017, Ladysmith’s very own First Avenue was selected by the Canadian Institute of Planners as Canada’s Great Street during the Great Places in Canada contest. If you wish to take part in one or more of our social clubs or community organizations, I am sure you will be made to feel most welcome. Our community has an exceptional volunteer rate and we hope that you will take an interest in helping to make Ladysmith an even better place to live. If there is anything that I, a member of Council, or Town staff can do to help you as you settle in Ladysmith, please call. With very best wishes for a happy transition into your new community and new home. Sincerely, Aaron Stone, Mayor LADYSMITH RELOCATION GUIDE - 3

How To Get Here Ladysmith to:

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Overview of Ladysmith Ladysmith is situated on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley, adjacent the 49th Parallel. The city is located along Highway 1, approximately 35 minutes from the Departure Bay Terminal in Nanaimo, and 2 hours north of Schwartz Bay Terminal in Victoria. The temperate Mediterranean climate is a huge draw for people relocating from other areas of Canada. The hillside community overlooking the harbour boasts 3 marinas and a large outdoor amphitheater at Transfer Beach Park, along with kayaking, spray park and large exciting children’s playground. Transfer Beach also boasts the warmest waters north of San Francisco. Keeping with the healthy BC lifestyle, Ladysmith residents enjoy several hiking trails as well as numerous outdoor playing fields. A selection of boutiques and restaurants line the heritage main street along First Avenue which was selected as Canada’s BEST MAIN STREET, in 2017 by the Urban Planners Institute. Coronation Mall is located along the Trans-Canada Highway at the south end of town which also offers a variety of stores and services. 4 - LADYSMITH RELOCATION GUIDE

Ladysmith provides a full spectrum of educational facilities from pre-school to senior secondary, as well as having Vancouver Island University only 25 minutes north in Nanaimo. The wellequiped Community Centre has an assortment of interesting classes. With pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness centre Frank Jameson Community Centre has something for everyone. For a complete community profile and other town information visit

Arriving by Ferry

There is daily BC Ferries service between Tsawwassen and Victoria and also between Vancouver and Nanaimo.


The Nanaimo Airport is the third largest airport on Vancouver Island and is located just five minutes away in Cassidy. You can also find float plane flights into Nanaimo, and the Victoria Airport is only about an hour away. Denise Tutte

Agent for the Island Lifestyle

250 924 4808

516 - 1st Avenue, Ladysmith (Next door to Old Town Bakery)

Vancouver Island’s First Choice in Real Estate since 1887 LADYSMITH RELOCATION GUIDE - 5

Facts about Ladysmith and Bylaws Population Ladysmith’s population is currently an estimated 8,949 people according to 2018 community profile.

Citizen Age Ladysmith’s median age is 47, according to the 2001 Canadian census

Local Government The Town of Ladysmith is governed by a Mayor and six town councillors. Municipal elections are held every 4 years in October.

Cost of Living

Dog Licenses: Due at the beginning of each year. Residents can buy the new tags from January 1st – January 31st from City Hall. · As of February 1st fees increase New dogs and puppies pay the January rate. Limit of 3 dogs per household. *Please consult City Hall for prices and further information*

Garbage Pick-up/Recycling/Organic Waste: Information can be reviewed on the Town of Ladysmith Website (schedules are on website) www. or phone 245-6400 or visit in person at City Hall 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, BC.

Being somewhat of a bedroom community, while still remaining a truly special town in its own right, the cost of living has remained lower than that of some of Ladysmith’s neighbors. Ladysmith is part of the Cowichan Valley, an area where the cost of living is even more affordable.

Business Licenses:


Snow Removal:

Ladysmith was named one of the ten prettiest towns in Canada by Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine in 2000. The town has also won first place in the 5,000 - 10,000 population category “Communities in Bloom” contest in 2003. In 2002, the Heritage Society of BC awarded the town 2 special honours.

Noise Restrictions: Bylaw #1478 – Residents can review a copy at City Hall. Complaint forms are available at City Hall if someone needs to make a complaint. · Construction can take place from 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.


Applications can be accessed on the Town of Ladysmith website Due yearly for $100. This $100 fee is an inter-municipal license which allows a business to be registered in Ladysmith, Duncan, Lake Cowichan and North Cowichan. In the event of a snowfall, property owners and residents are reminded that a Town Bylaw requires you to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your premises. Removal should take place no later than 10 a.m. on each day of a snowfall. For more information check out the Town of Ladysmith website

Marriage Licenses: The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is designated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Vital Statistics Agency as Marriage License Issuer for the city of Ladysmith , British Columbia . Licenses can be issued Monday through Friday during office hours.  Only one member of the couple is required to apply for a marriage licence, but he or she must apply in person, and show primary identification for both parties.  The cost of a marriage licence costs $100, and is non-refundable.  For more info contact the Chamber at 250-245-2112 or  Visit Vital Statistics BC

Fox & Hounds

British Pub-Style Restaurant

• Traditional British Menu • Courtyard Patio • Children Welcome • 16 Draft Beers on Tap Open 7 days a week 11:30 am 11 High Street, Ladysmith

Start planning your tropical get-a-way!


Congratulations Graduates of Ladysmith Secondary School and Stz’uminus Community School

Classical & CASUAL


Tel: 250-245-7114 Tel: 250-245-7114 Fax: 250-245-5268 Fax: 250-245-5268 #3-370 Davis Road, Mall Ladysmith, BC Coronation -


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#3-370 Davis Road, Ladysmith, BC


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Service Times: Sep-May 9am & 11am


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June-Aug 10am

“A place for kids and teens” “To help you take your Spiritual next step”

Livestream Sunday 9a.m.

“A Heart to Serve our Community”


Local Contacts Real Estate


460 Realty Century 21 Harbour Realty Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Pemberton Holmes Remax Ocean Pointe Realty

250-591-4601 1-800-817-7717 250-245-2252 250-924-0113 250-245-3700

New Residents Services Welcome Wagon Ladysmith NewComers Club

250-245-0799 250-924-3319

Health Care Hillside Medical Centre Ladysmith Family Practice Clinic Ladysmith Community Health Centre Nanaimo Regional Gen. Hospital Cowichan District Hospital

250-245-2235 250-739-5784 250-739-5777 250-755-7691 250-737-2030

Emergency Services Ladysmith Fire Department Ladysmith RCMP Ambulance

250-245-6436 or 911 250-245-2215 or 911 250-245-3231 or 911

Dental Care Dr. Holly Blaikie Ladysmith Dental Dr. Suzanne Otterson Family Dentistry Orca Family Dental Care

250-245-8558 250-245-8515 250-245-0356 250-245-2900

Future Care Arbour Cottage Res. Home Care Four All Seasons Retirement Lodge La Rosa Gardens Ocean View Seniors Manor

250-739-2587 250-245-4237 250-245-1016 250-245-2900

Preschool/Child Care Boys & Girls Club 250-927-2426 Ladysmith Preschool Society 250-245-4712 LaFF Family Resource Program 250-210-0870 Nutsmuaat Lelum Daycare & Preschool 250-245-0994 Sense of Place Youth Project 250-797-2316 Pacific Care 250-756-2022 Strong Start 250-754-5521 Kidz-R-Brite 250-245-8276


Ladysmith Intermediate 250-245-3351 Ladysmith Primary 250-245-3912 Ladysmith Secondary 250-245-3043 Ecole North Oyster Elementary School 250-245-3330

Churches Bethel Tabernacle Fellowship Baptist Church First United Church St. Mary’s Catholic

250-245-8221 250-245-5113 250-245-2183 250-245-3414

Utilities BC Hydro 1-800-224-9376 Shaw Cable 250-760-1999 Telus 250-310-2255 FortisBC 1-888-224-2710 Town Services 250-245-6400

Ladysmith Services 49th Parallel Grocery Store Home Hardware Building Centre Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle Ladysmith Taxi Post Office Save-On Foods Grocery Store Saltair Taxi Take 5 Print & Design Media Vancouver Island Regional Library

250-245-3221 250-245-3441 250-245-2277 250-729-6204 250-245-3722 250-245-8147 250-268-2114 250-245-7015 250-245-2322

Movers Allied Van Lines Budget Car & Truck Rental Let’s Move It UHaul Co.

250-753-1842 250-760-7368 250-667-0060 250-246-2882

Government Agents Economic Development 250-245-6415 Services BC 1-800-663-7867 Town of Ladysmith 250-245-6400 CVRD 250-746-2500

Quality Vitamins, Premium Cosmetics, Specialty Groceries, Bulk Foods, Herbs, Sports Nutrition, and much more!

Ladysmith Health Food Store Mon-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm Closed Sundays 531 First Ave, Ladysmith 250-245-2123

• beautiful local art • unique gifts • custom framing

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Bayview Framing & Art 539 First Ave., Ladysmith


Monday to Saturday, 10 - 5 Locally owned and operated

421 First Ave., Ladysmith, BC



Groups and Organizations Support Groups

Adoptive Parents Ministry Al-Anon Alcoholics Anonymous Big Brothers and Big Sisters Cancer Society Heart and Stroke Foundation Ladysmith Food Bank LaFF Family Resource Program Narcotics Anonymous Options for Sexual Health Rainbows Support Group for Children Red Cross Medical Equip. Loan Services Seniors Office (LRCA) Stroke Recovery


Angels Abreast Dragon Boat Team Badminton Fuller Lake Staking Club Horseshoe Club Ladysmith Baseball Association Ladysmith Dragon Boat Ladysmith Golf Club Ladysmith Homing Pidgeon Club Ladysmith Karate Ladysmith Kyokushin Karate Ladysmith Pickleball Ladysmith Steelers Football Mid-Island Racing Pidgeon Club Mid-Isle Soccer Club Orca Swim Club Outreach Martial Arts Sealegs Kayaking

Youth Organizations

Air Cadets Bethel Youth Group Canadian Girls in Training Candy Stripers - Volunteers Girl Guides of Canada Junior Lifeguard Club Ladysmith Ambassadors Ladysmith Boys and Girls Club Scouts Canada Youth Advisory Coalition Cedar Girls Irish-Celtic Dance Club


BC Transit Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Central Island Child & Family Services Coastal Animal Services Community Accountability Program COPS - Citizens on Patrol Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre Ladysmith Community Health Centre Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Ladysmith Resources Centre Assn. Meals on Wheels Search & Rescue Senior’s Outreach Program Speed Watch Vancouver Island Regional Library Welcome Wagon, Ladysmith

Service Clubs and Organizations Catholic Women’s League Fraternal Order of Eagles Historical Society - Archives Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith Ladysmith Arts Council Ladysmith Camera Club Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Ladysmith Community Gardens Society Ladysmith Downtown Business Assn. Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Ladysmith Little Theatre Ladysmith Maritime Society Ladysmith Museum Ladysmith Newcomers Club Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club Ladysmith Seniors Centre Society Ladysmith Singers Ladysmith Sportsmen Club Ladysmith Yacht Club Lions Club of Ladysmith Probus Club Red Hat Society Rotary Club Royal Canadian Legion Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary Toastmasters Women’s Business Network

For more information or a complete listing of local and area services, clubs, etc. please contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 250-245-6400 or the Ladysmith Resources Association at 250-245-4079 or the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce 250-245-2112.


Professional General Contractor

•Construction •Renovations

•Licensed •Insured •WorkSafe Approved

Contact Information Office: 250-324-0015 Cell: 250-246-6780

love our furniture, love our prices! 12 Roberts Street Ladysmith BC 250-245-6533

New Home Decor • Curated Collectables

Welcome to Ladysmith Barristers - Solicitors - Notaries Public Serving our communities for over 30 years

Robson,o’connoR llp L AW O F F I C E Real Estate – Mortgages – Wills Estates – Powers of Attorney Business – Family – Elder Law Lawyers: Dave O’Connor, Martin Sanderson & Paul Nettleton LADYSMITH 250-245-7141 DUNCAN 250-597-0464


Healthcare in British Columbia Health Insurance BC Web Site

Coverage During the Waiting Period

Use this site to search for information, fill out forms online, download applications and find contact information: For specific information on medical and healthcare benefits in BC, visit benefits.html

New residents from other parts of Canada should maintain coverage with their former medical plan during the waiting period. New or returning residents arriving from outside Canada should contact a private insurance company for coverage during this period. eligible.html#when

For New Residents

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If you are a new resident in BC, you will need to apply for: 1. MSP (health care coverage) The Medical Services Plan (MSP) insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures. All residents of BC must enroll with MSP.

PharmaCare provides financial assistance to British Columbia residents for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. Further information on this program can be found at html

When does Coverage Begin? New residents or persons reestablishing residence in BC are eligible for coverage after completing a waiting period that normally consists of the balance of the month of arrival plus two months. You should apply for MSP coverage immediately after arriving in BC, rather than at the end of the waiting period, to allow time for your application to be processed.

Elaine Wilkinson 460 Realty 250-714-5502

#102-626 1st Avenue Ladysmith, BC

Our Team Loves to Talk to Customers Passport Photos While You Wait Friendly Knowledgeable Service Hallmark Gold Crown Collection

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Drug Mart, Ladysmith Coronation Mall, 370 Davis Rd


Open 7 Days a Week Mon - Fri 9 - 9, Sat 9 - 6, Sun 10 - 6



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Motor Vehicle Licensing & Insurance in BC Driver’s License If you are new to BC and drive a vehicle, you need to obtain a BC driver’s licence within 90 days after moving here. This can be done at the LCU Insurance office in Ladysmith. New residents who hold a Canadian, American, Austrian, German, Swiss, Japanese or South Korean licence can usually complete their licence exchange the same day, provided they bring all necessary documents. Visit moving-bc Note to students: If you normally reside out of province but are attending a recognized BC educational institution, you can continue using your valid non BC driver’s licence. Automobile Insurance All motorists in BC must carry basic automobile insurance. For residents, it is provided through ICBC’s Basic Autoplan: autoplan/basic/Pages/default.aspx


Address Change If your address has changed, your driver’s licence and insurance policy will both have to be updated. You must let ICBC know within 10 days of moving. Note that the procedures for changing the address on your driver’s licence and your insurance policy are not the same. Driver’s License 1. Online: 2. Phone: 1-866-775-0011. 3. In Person – LCU Insurance in Ladysmith Automobile Insurance You will need to visit an Autoplan broker in person to change your address on your policy. For a list of Autoplan brokers, Visit:

Ladysmith Community Marina

where history and hospitality meet for fun! Welcome to our marina community Come to the waterfront and enjoy: - Full Service Marina - Paddling Centre - Heritage Vessels - Harbour Heritage Centre - Museum & Sea Life Centre - Oyster Bay Cafe- Harbour Tours - Maritime Festival & Kid’s Pirate Day - Dine On The Dock, Music & more ... plus the best views in town!

for more information: T: 250 245 1146 611 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith, BC


“New & gently used books” 535 First Avenue Ladysmith, BC


For Your One-Stop Shopping In Ladysmith . . . • Fresh Produce • Fresh Meat • Fresh Deli • Darrell’s Deals of the Week and •Starbucks


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

Ladysmith has truly been discovered as a desirable community to live,

Ladysmith has truly been discovered as a work and play. In 2019, the BC Small Business Roundtable named our desirable community to live, work and play. Town among the province’s top three business-friendly communities in 2019, the BC Small Business in recognition of us fostering small business success. Round-table named our Town among the province’s Welcome to Ladysmith! top three business-friendly communities in recognition of us fostering small business Mayor Stone and Council Town of Ladysmith success. Ladysmith has truly been discovered as a desirable community to live, work and play. In 2019, the BC Small Business Roundtable named our Ladysmith has truly been discovered as a desirable community to live, Town among the province’s top three business-friendly communities Ladysmith has truly been discovered as a desirable community to live, in recognition of us fostering small business success. work and play. In 2019, the BC Small Business Roundtable named our work and play. In 2019, the BC Small Business Roundtable named our Welcome to Ladysmith to Ladysmith! Town among the province’s top Welcome three business-friendly communities Town among the province’s top three business-friendly communities Mayor Stone and Council inrecognition recognitionofof fostering small business success. Town of Ladysmith in usus fostering small business success.

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Calendar of Ladysmith Events January

Light Up The Night; Arts Council presentation January 1st. Polar Bear Swim at Transfer Beach; Saturday night before Arts on the Avenue. Arts on the Avenue; A one day street Arts Festival. come join the chilly fun! Featuring original juried art works for sale by local February artists. BC Heritage Week LMS Harbour Tours; Music on the Dock and Dine Coldest Night of the Year; fundraiser for the on the Dock. L.R.C.A.



Loggers Sports Exhibition; Labour Day Sunday at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre. A fundraiser for May Cops for Cancer Terry Fox Run; Starting at the Frank Jameson Annual Rotary Garden Tour; A unique opportunity Community Centre. to visit private gardens in Ladysmith. Ladysmith Maritime /Heritage Boat Festival. October Help celebrate our rich maritime heritage. Family Tour de Rock. oriented activities, artisans and more! Spring Art Tour; Ladysmith and Chemainus



Cedar & Yellowpoint Artisans Assoc. Country Christmas; A self guided tour of a variety of crafts and artists. Ladysmith Festival of Lights; The last Thursday of November Witness a spectacular evening of festivities. Spaghetti dinner and Light Up Parade. July Family entertainment, Fireworks and a lot more! Cinnamon Bun Fun Run; A 5K or 10K run through Canada Day Celebrations; Celebrate Canada’s Birthday with a day of fun, sun, and music at Ladysmith in support of the Ladysmith Food Bank Transfer Beach. Family oriented December Concerts in the Park; (Transfer Beach) put on by Christmas Lights Harbour Cruise; Mount Brenton the Resource Center Sundays in the summer. Power & Sail Squadron. A floating Christmas parade Brits on the Beach; All British car show held at and carols, taking place in the Ladysmith Harbour Transfer Beach off Transfer Beach. LMS Harbour Tours; Music on the Dock and Dine LaFF Breakfast with Santa; Join your family & on the Dock. friends for breakfast and Santa! August LDBA Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk; Ladysmith Days; The BC Day long weekend’s Fun for the whole family. There are carollers, excitement begins with a Rotary pancake breakfast musicians, arts and crafts for kids. Ladysmith Fire Rescue Santa Claus Parade; The and a Kinsmen parade through historic downtown Sunday before Christmas. Various stops throughout Ladysmith on the Saturday. Entertainment and games at Aggie field, top off the days fun! On Ladysmith. For event dates and other information stop in at Sunday there’s music, entertainment, family games, swimming, food fair, fireworks and more! Ladysmith the Visitor Centre or check the event calendar at Show and Shine ; You won’t want to miss this show! Check out one of a kind autos along First Avenue. Fun, prizes and trophies. Ladysmith Maritime Festival Kids Pirate Day; Face painting, crafts, bull head derby and more. Home Town Tourist; Weekend National Aboriginal Day; June 21 at Transfer Beach Amphitheatre


Ladysmith Waterfront Plan As a new resident to the Town of Ladysmith, you’ll quickly discover that the heart of this community lies with the year-round picturesque beauty of our public waterfront. From the family-friendly beach access for swimming and kayaking at Transfer Beach Park, to arts and heritage displays nearby at the historic Machine Shop overlooking the popular community marina, our gateway to the Salish Sea is an ideal gathering place for local events, cultural activities and leisurely walks. Ladysmith was among BC’s fastest growing communities last year and our proximity to the Nanaimo Airport and BC Ferries terminals makes travelling and weekend gateways easy. In 2018, Ladysmith Council with the support of our partners Stz’uminus First Nation, the stewards of this unceded territory for over 5,000 years, adopted the Waterfront Area Plan as a forward-thinking vision for our two communities’ shared future.

weekend rain or shine catch tireless volunteers restoring the 7,000-tonne Comox Logging and Railway Company Locie #11. Ladysmith Council’s desire for the future is that the Arts and Heritage Hub become even more of a gathering place. Together with our community partners we envision creating a place complete with new artist studios and other potential commercial uses that both residents and visitors can appreciate. Last year, the Town was fortunate to receive $1.8 million in federal Gas Tax funding to complete architectural upgrades to the Machine Shop as a result our award-winning WAP created with assistance from DIALOG and lead architect Norm Hotson – the visionary behind Vancouver’s Granville Island. We’re thrilled that these necessary improvements are being done to upgrade this historical asset for the benefit of both present and future generations.

The large blue Machine Shop on Oyster Bay Road is highlighted in the WAP as the central anchor within the area we now refer to as the Arts and Heritage Hub.

Ladysmith’s pristine West Coast waterfront, with its many mature Arbutus trees, is cherished for its greenspace, park amenities such as the splash pad, playground and amphitheatre.

It’s a place where you can browse the latest show at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, learn about history at the Harbour Heritage Centre, and every

The Town listened to residents in consultation for the WAP and over 50 per cent of the area will be preserved as publicly-accessible parkland as we work over the long term to remediate and protect the ecology of our harbour following decades of industrial use. Our vision for Ladysmith’s vibrant waterfront over the coming decades incorporates a balance of residential, commercial and cultural spaces that makes walking delightful while also being fully-accessible for everyone. Whether you’re a recent retiree or new family, Ladysmith is a diverse, inclusive and inviting community that you’ll quickly grow to love. Welcome home.



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WHAT IS RESPITE CARE? Being a caregiver can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be an all-consuming responsibility. Caregivers may feel fatigued or drained as they are often on duty 24 hrs a day. Respite care gives caregivers a much-needed break in order to recharge and relieve family caregivers of their usual caregiving duties and responsibilities. Having some time off can give caregivers time to attend to their own lives such as work commitments, looking after their own children; or, they take the time to rest, read, shop, exercise, or catch up with friends. Caregivers can benefit from receiving anywhere from a few hours per week to an extended period of respite care. Here are some options for how caregivers can receive respite care: • Having a professional in-home care provider to help with care needs may be provided through regional home care programs, such as Home & Community Care 250-7395749. • For longer respite care temporary accommodation at a professional retirement home or long term care facility provide a safe and secure environment. Many of these organizations offer for short term stays allowing the caregiver that much needed break. • Spending time at an adult day program can provide daily or weekly breaks and provide both structure and social interaction for the person in need of care. • A trusted family member, friend, or neighbour can act as a companion, or take on tasks to help a caregiver. It is also important to recognize in advance when you might require respite. It is a good idea to plan in advance. Why do caregivers need respite care? Respite care is crucial for the overall well-being of caregivers because without it they are susceptible to experiencing feelings of extreme stress, including anger or resentment towards the person in their care or other family and friends in their lives. Making respite care easy Of course, with all the benefits of receiving respite care, there are some challenges. It can be difficult emotionally for caregivers to leave the person they are responsible for in the care of someone else. Caregivers may experience feelings of guilt, worry, or a loss of control that could prohibit them from seeking the respite care they need. The Ladysmith Family Caregivers is a support group for Caregivers 250-597-7708. Respite care prevents caregiver burnout and is a necessary tool to support a caregiver’s success. LADYSMITH RELOCATION GUIDE - 23

Parks and Recreation Ladysmith Area

- Transfer Beach Amphitheatre - Aggie Hall & Fields - Kinsmen Park - Gourlay-Jane Park - Holland Creek Ball Park - Bob Stuart Park - Mackie Park - Harbourview Park - Forrest Field (artificial turf) - Frank Jameson Centre

Yellow Point Area - Hemer Provincial Park - Blue Heron Park - Roberts Memorial Park - Elliots Beach Park - Raven Park - Yellow Point Park

Saltair Area

- Saltair Centennial Park - Stocking Creek Park - Dianna Prince of Wales Park Contact Ladysmith Parks and Recreation for more information on parks and trails at 250-245-6424


Transfer Beach

Transfer Beach is a starting point for paddle boarding, kayaking, water sports, outdoor activities or just plain relaxing in Ladysmith. Adjacent to the spray park is the Kinsmen playground, basketball court, sand volleyball, and the covered picnic shelter. Across the street from the main park area is the off leash dog park. A long-standing fixture of Transfer Beach area is the horseshoe pit.

Holland Creek Trails

The Holland Creek Trail is a 5.8 Km trail that runs along both sides of the Holland Creek. The two major access points are Methuen St and Dogwood Drive with parking available at both. The trail appeals to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Other trails that can be accessed from the Holland Creek Tail are Heart Lake Loop, 6.4 km, Stocking Lake loop, 9.3 km, and the Rotary Lookout Trail, 1.2 km. At Transfer Beach, enjoy the Marine Walk, a 1 km trail that starts at Transfer Beach and follows the waterfront ending up at Ladysmith Fishermen’s Wharf. The Estuary Trail, just south of Holland Creek estuary, is a short 10 minute walk along the edge of Ladysmith Harbour offering views of marine and waterfowl.

Sports and Other Recreation

Not all recreation fun is concentrated at the beach. You can find baseball fields, soccer fields (turf), tennis courts, and a skate board park located throughout the town. Tee up for a round of golf at Ladysmith Golf Club, a 9-hole par 3 course located at the south end of town. The Cottonwood Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course, located just north of Ladysmith. For indoor activities visit the Frank Jameson Community Center on 6th Avenue. Here you can find recreational programs designed to fit anyone’s lifestyle. Relax in the warm soothing waters of the oasis and therapy pools, sauna, and whirlpool, or swim a few laps in the regular pool. There is a fitness and wellness center, an on site physiotherapy clinic and a multi-purpose room.

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Ladysmith Festival of Lights The Ladysmith Festival of Lights (FOL) is a volunteer group that has decorated the town of Ladysmith with traditional Christmas theme for over three decades now. Although much has changed over those years, for example going from incandescent lights to LED technology, the show is still the largest TURN ON on Vancouver Island. Celebrated on the last Thursday in November, Light Up as literally put Ladysmith on the map. Initiated in 1987 with just a few merchants and a little over 500 festive lights and even fewer spectators this huge family event has grown to over a quarter million lights, a multitude of amazing decorations and an audience that exceeds 25,000 people for the once night. Not just lights, that Santa makes a special trip to Ladysmith to turn on, Light Up Night also features and amazing craft fair, a huge parade, a community spaghetti dinner, spectacular fireworks and lots more. Although the “turn on” is one night the lights stay on until the second Sunday in January. Everything that the locals and visitors see during the season is done by volunteers which in itself is amazing. For the set-up, which is held on

the second Sunday of November, a call goes out to the community and dozens of folks step up! It’s time for families, friend, neighbours and just strangers to come together and help make Ladysmith the Light Up Capital of B.C. Volunteers from the local Fire/Rescue Dept. as well as B.C. Hydro, V.I. Tree Service also assist and the local seniors prepares a delicious hot lunch for all the volunteers. Eight weeks later they all go back into action to start the take down which happens on the third Sunday in January. Festival is always open to new ideas and new faces. The volunteers meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Festival building at 1163 Fourth Ave. For information folks can call Alex at 250-245-5334 or Greg at 250-616-1748. Folks can also find out more at the Festival of Lights website which is



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Ladysmith Kinsmen The Ladysmith Kinsmen were founded, into the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada, on February 20, 1952. Kin Canada is an all-Canadian service organization made up of dedicated volunteers who serve their community’s greatest need through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects. Since its founding, Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs across Canada have contributed more than $1 billion to Canadian communities and disaster relief programs beyond our borders. The Ladysmith Kin are probably “famous” for their work in building some amazing playgrounds in our community such as Brown Dr. Park and Transfer Beach where the club also spearheaded the Town’s 100th anniversary project which is the spray park.

The local club also hosts both the Ladysmith Days parade and the Light Up Night parade. Sponsoring a great variety of youth sports teams and leagues is also an important goal locally. The club puts a great emphasis on family and participating. The local Kin volunteers bought the first ambulances the town had and in 1963 they built the local health unit, which now is the home to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. The members also built the building for the Festival of Lights society to house and maintain the huge array of decorations. These and many many other community projects are what makes the local Kinsmen members keep moving forward to be part of making Ladysmith a really heat place to call home. Like many other groups the local Kinsmen are always looking for new members. Fellowship is one of the larger cornerstones of Kin and locally it has been a huge part of the club’s success. Meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month folks interested in seeing what the club is all about are always welcome. For information please call Duck at 250-245-2263 or go to the club’s web site at



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