LADYSMITH Yellow Point & Cedar
Serving Ladysmith, Chemainus and area
Small town. Big fun. On the 49th Parallel.
We invite you to enjoy cafes, boutique shopping, and the historic artifact route in our heritage downtown. Walk or take the trolley bus to the waterfront where you will ﬁnd an award-winning ﬂoating maritime museum, oceanside beach park, kayaking, local history boat tours, and the waterfront art gallery. Our hiking trails, golf course and recreational facilities are other highlights to enjoy. Don’t miss our popular festivals either – the famous Festival of Lights, Arts on the Avenue and Ladysmith Celebration Days are just a few of the annual events! Experience Ladysmith and discover small town charm on the 49th parallel.
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CONTENTS Introduction History Getting here Downtown Shopping www.getawaybc.com
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Event planning Artifact Tour Dining Yellow Point & Cedar Map Trails
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Farms Celebrations Regional map Arts Wireless spots Events
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adysmith is a town known for its innovative spirit and strong ties to its history. Resting on the 49th 2010) sitting about an hour from Parallel, Ladysmith is a growing community (population 8,100 in 201 Victoria and half an hour from Nanaimo. Nanaimo Its downtown core features feature buildings that were brought here or constructed in the early 1900s. The Island Hotel, which was brought here in 1913 was renovated and given its new name, and can still be seen on First Avenue today, as can other early hotels and buildings. The downtown core is filled with history from photos to pieces of mining equipment in homage to the town’s early days as a mining community. But the town has all the modern conveniences and amenities visitors expect, with shopping options including clothing, home decor, the arts and fine-dining. Ladysmith also boasts a growing arts community, outdoor recreational activities, beautiful parks and beaches and plenty to do. There are a variety of summer and winter festivals as well.
Ladysmith Facts ❱ Incorporated in 1904 ❱ Named after Boer War victory ❱ Total land area of 14.82 sq. km. 4
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Ladysmith History ...
Town forged from coal Kit Willmot Ladysmith Historical Society Before coming to the history of Ladysmith, we must go back a few years to that of Nanaimo, a few kilometres to the north. Nanaimo in the late 1800s had become prosperous from the coal coming from the many mines in the area and shipped through the harbour. One of these mines was South Wellington to the south, and when the seams there were nearly worked out, a new mine was opened at Extension about 8 km northwest of Oyster Harbour. James Dunsmuir’s intention was to ship the coal by train to existing facilities at Nanaimo Harbour, but to do so he would have had to cross property owned by the New Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Co.; however, he had previously refused to let that company cross his property, consequently, permission was denied. He decided to build a shipping port at Oyster Harbour and laid a rail track from the mine to it. As the South Wellington mine closed, the miners started moving their houses, shops and hotels to Extenwww.getawaybc.com
sion, but Dunsmuir said he didn’t want his resulting in the closure of Extension mine miners living near the mine and started in 1931. Many people and businesses left building houses at Oyster Harbour. — the outlook for Ladysmith looked bleak. Wh l allll this h activity was taking k g place, pl , H , in 1933, 1933 a violent l d While However, windstorm d the British had been fightingg a blew down thousands of trees on the th war with the Boers in South hills behind Ladysmith and, in 1936, Ladysmith th Comox Logging and Railway Africa. the A Town is Born C set up headquarters and exThe Boers besieged the Co. 1900 - 1912 t British in Ladysmith for tensive workshops in Ladysmith Historical building a started salvage operations. 118 days before General and pamphlet available at archives T and subsequent logging Buller raised the siege in This, op 1900. On hearing the news,, operations, lasted until 1986. Loged s carries on, logs going to the Dunsmuir promptly renamed ging still th (10 ill in i the harbour, or being shipped Oyster Harbour – Ladysmith sawmills streets in Ladysmith are named after Britto other mills. ish generals in that war). In 1902, a copper Much work has been done to preserve smelter started up (“blown in”), refining the heritage of the town. “Heritage By the copper ore brought from Mount Sicker, to Sea” for which it received a prestigious the south, by the Esquimalt and Nanaimo award Ladysmith is a great location in Railway, but the smelter only produced which to live, a vibrant community with until 1912. many interests, a great place to raise a In 1913, the coal miners went on strike family, or retire from the harsh winters of with much damage to mine machinery the Prairies. and there was much bitterness between Ladysmith’s archives are located behind strikers and non-strikers; this lasted until the Tim Hortons on 1st Avenue and is 1914. The demand for coal was falling off, open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. partly due to the countrywide depression Visit www.ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca and partly due to ships converting to oil or call 250-245-0100 for more information. 5
Getting Here ...
Set course for Driving ... The Trans-Canada Highway spans the east side of the Island. The entrance to Ladysmith is prominently set along the highway, so visitors from the north and south can just take a picturesque drive and make their way to Ladysmith year round. Flying ... Off-Island visitors have plenty of travel options, too. The Nanaimo Airport is located in Cassidy. Air Canada flies to the airport from Vancouver seven days a week. See www.nanaimoairport.com for more information. Float planes: See www. harbour-air.com/. Ferry ... Visitors can also come to the Island by ferry, and drive to Ladysmith.There is daily ferry service between Vancouver and Victoria, and Vancouver and Nanaimo. The closest ferry terminal to Ladysmith is at Duke Point.Visitors can go from Tsawwassen to Duke Point and drive south to Ladysmith.There is a ferry terminal in the City of Nanaimo at Departure Bay and connecting to Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver. For information and ferry schedules, see www.bcferries.com. Sailing ... Visitors sailing themselves to Ladysmith can book moorage at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina by calling Mark Mercer at 250245-1146 or reserve a spot by visiting www. ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca or by calling Rob Waters at the Ladysmith Marina at 250-2454521 or visit www.ladysmithmarina.com. Kayak ... Starting May 14, the BC Marine Trails Network opened the Marine Trails. Ladysmith Maritime Society is considered an access/ launch point for paddlers exploring B.C.â€™s coast.Visit www.bcmarinetrails.org for more information. 6
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rab your friends and start your shopping day early with a great breakfast at one of our many restaurants. Ricky’s at Coronation Mall has killer bennies or Renee’s downtown, open at 5 a.m., will serve up breakfast with thick slices of fresh homemade bread and eggs anyway you like them. Coronation Mall Coronation Mall, in south Ladysmith, has 20 shops and services including the town’s only government liquor store, a major food store, drug store, travel agent, banks, fast food and coffee shops. The friendly volunteers at the Community Police Station in Coronation Mall are always available for questions or a visit.
First Avenue First Avenue downtown offers great shopping and a historic walk with centuryold buildings as the backdrop. Award-winning businesses such as Bouma Meats, Old Town Bakery, Renee’s Soup and Sandwich, Chopstix Salon and Ladysmith Health Food store are all on First Avenue. Plus you will find clothes, housewares, jewelry, pet supplies, real estate agents, shoes, restaurants, a drug store, books, the community newspaper, computers, auto and craft supplies, hairdressers, a quilt shop and hand-crafted bath salts — all there for you to discover. You will find the shops modern and the staff and owners friendly and excited to answer questions.
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adysmith is a gorgeous spot for events such as weddings, family reunions or anniversary celebrations. The Kinsmen shelter is perfect for informal receptions at the beach. For an indoor venue, try Aggie Hall (250245-6424) or the Terrace Room at Printingdun Beanery (250-245-7671), with access to fabulous views. Church and com-
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munity halls also offer options for event planners. Check out the Ladysmith Royal Canadian Legion (250-245-2273), the Eagles Hall (250-245-2457), St. Mary’s Church Hall (250245-3414), Cedar Heritage Centre (250- 722-2100), and Cedar Community Hall (250722-2442). For a full list of vendors or venues, call the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce at 250245-2112.
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ander Ladysmith and catch glimpses of the town’s past.Take the Heritage Route, a self-guided tour through the town. It touches on the town’s mining, forestry, rail and marine history. The tour links the downtown core with Transfer Beach Park. Pick up a brochure at the Ladysmith Visitor’s Information Centre. Then, begin exploring. Stop by the Ladysmith archives. Track down the Fordson tractor, or the ship anchor at the roundabout. View the metal collage featuring historical photos. Don’t know what a Fordson donkey is? Find it downtown. Then, head to the waterfront. Spot the weigh scales from Ladysmith’s time as a coal shipping port.There is also a locomotive built in 1923.
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ungry? Ladysmith has a variety of eclectic dining options. Award-winning Ricky’s at Coronation Mall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In a hurry? KFC, McDonalds and the newly renovated Dairy Queen, are at the south end of Ladysmith and A&W in north Ladysmith. Esquires Coffee and Starbucks at Coronation Mall serve heavenly coffee and tea options. Downtown, voted Best on the Island, Old Town Bakery is where you will find eye-popping, mouth-stretching cinnamon buns — the line-up starts early, but it’s worth the wait. Transfer Beach Grill is an authentic Greek experience where you are greeted like a family friend coming to dinner. Dragon City Restaurant, Wigwam Restaurant and the Phoenix satisfy your Asian food cravings. For the best pizza, Roberts Street Pizza’s lip-smacking pizza and pasta are to go. Printingdun Beanery offers bistro-style meals in a heritage surroundings and was voted the Best Place to Kiss.You can also catch a show at In the Beantime or the 49th Parallel Cafe. Looking for a view? Try the menu at the Page Point Bistro with spectacular views of the ocean and equally spectacular meals.
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everal Ladysmith businesses are working together to bring residents and visitors a fresh taste of Island life. On select weekends from June to September, Ladysmith-based Island Estuary Bed and Breakfast is offering Gourmet Kayaking Weekends — three days of snorkeling, kayaking and paddling adventures in the waters off Ladysmith and Elliot Beach. Thanks to a partnership between the B&B, Sealegs Kayaking and Edible BC, participants can look forward to chefprepared meals, cocktails and appies, coastline tours and watching local wildlife. Island Estuary B&B owner Lynda Diamond says the weekends are about getting back in touch with pleasure. According to Diamond, it is also the only package of its kind in the area. “It appeals to people that like an outdoor adventure but with the comforts of home, as well as people who appreciate good food that’s seasonal and local.” Whether it’s spot prawns from Cowichan, fresh meat from Bouma Meats or wine from nearby vineyards, you can guarantee that everything is local, Diamond said. Last year, Island Estuary B&B paired up with Sealegs Kayaking to offer a similar package, however this year, accommodation has been added to the offering. Hawley Place B&B is also on board this year to provide some of the accommodation for the kayak weekends. The kayaking weekends will take place June 24-26, August 5-7 and September 9-11. For more information, call at 250-245-0665, or visit www.islandestuary.ca
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Yellow Point and Cedar ...
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ellow Point and Cedar are coastal stops north of Ladysmith. They are rural and on a forested peninsula into the Stuart Channel. It faces DeCourcy, Ruxton, Pylades,Valdes and Thetis Islands.The main road into Yellow Point is aptly named Yellow Point Road. The road is accessible from Cedar Road. The Crow and Gate British Pub is a popular stop in the hamlet. Cedar is home to the Harmac Pulp Mill, as well as a secondary school, and a small, but attractive shopping centre. Agritourism is an important boon to several of the farms in the Cedar and Yellow Point area, but there is also a thriving art and theatre scene. Discover it for yourself. The rural nature of both Cedar and Yellow Point make it a natural place to visit for cyclists, joggers, hikers and those wanting to take a pleasant, peaceful drive to get away from bustling centre. There are also opportunities for paddling at freshwater lakes. Hemer Provincial Park on Holden Lake is a great place to paddle and boasts a trail system. You can also visit nearby Quennell Lake or Roberts Memorial Park with a 14-ha. park located on Yellow Point Road. Listen for barking sea lions, sea gulls, great blue heron and the occasional Pacific Loon. Walk through the forest to discover a beach perfect for swimming and fishing. For a swim on the other side of Ladysmith’s harbour, visit Elliot’s Beach. Elliot’s Beach, is accessible from Brenton-Page Road, off of the Trans Canada Highway, north of Ladysmith. Drive for about 9 km, following Shell Beach Road to the end.
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