Moving To / From Ladysmith
The coal mines and fine harbour brought development to Ladysmith in the late 1890s. The town was designed as a recreation outlet and sleeping quarters for the coal miners. James Dunsmuir, a son of a prosperous coal mining family, originally named it Oyster Bay. He later changed the name to Ladysmith when the British won a victory in South Africa’s Boer War, in honour of the Ladysmith in Natal Province.
Today, Ladysmith is a picturesque town with beautifully restored heritage buildings. The economy is based on commercial fishing (with an abundance of oysters), lumbering, coal mining and farming.
The Town of Ladysmith is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island, overlooking Ladysmith Harbour. Ladysmith is located on Highway #1, 85 km north of Victoria, 24 km north of Duncan and 23 km south of Nanaimo.
The population of Ladysmith numbers approximately 7,538.
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Ladysmith has an average July temperature of 17.9°C and an average January temperature of 2.3°C. The average annual precipitation is 1162 mm.
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Ladysmith & District General Hospital
1111 - 4 Ave.
PO Box 10
Ladysmith Festival of Lights
Held annually in November, the festival includes a parade, fireworks and the lighting of thousands of decorative lights.
Black Nugget Museum
Artifacts and memorabilia tracing the history of Ladysmith and the surrounding area. Located in the former, historic Jones Hotel.
Transfer Beach Park
This park offers a playground, swimming area, basketball and volleyball courts and an amphitheatre.
Holland Creek Trail System
5.8 km of walking trails that follows both sides of the Holland Creek and meander through the downtown area.
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Protecting your goods in transit
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