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a delightful little town with charming Edwardian surroundings; a energetic and scenic community. Take a leisurely stroll along 1st Avenue and see the results of the revitalization program, which has restored a number of these historic heritage buildings. The buildings and sites evoke memories of a frontier past built on coal mining and forestry. Located on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is a picturesque town built on the hillside overlooking the glistening waters of Ladysmith Harbour. One of the oldest settlements on Vancouver Island, the community known as Oyster Harbour was established in 1899 by James Dunsmuir, son of Vancouver Island`s prosperous coal-mining family.
Ladysmith is located on south central Vancouver Island off the Island Hwy. The quaint and Ladysmith city centre is surrounded by heritage buildings housing shops, flowered hanging baskets dripping in dew and restored artefacts are on display along the city streets remembering our history. As you enjoy the variety of shops and boutiques take notice of fitting plaques describing its history. A unique metal collage stands on Main Street to tell Ladysmith`s story through the use of artefacts welded together representing the various eras in the town`s growth. Ladysmith enjoys ocean views from high up on a rolling hill with a marina, piers, a log sort, walking trails - The Holland Creek Trail System winds approximately 4 kilometres along both sides of Holland Creek, offering an attractive walking route through the area of Ladysmith. The trail appeals to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
Ladysmith and the surrounding waters are a world center of Oyster production. The annual OysterFeast celebration held the 1st Sunday every May where local oyster producers and area restaurants take advantage of fresh local oysters. Ladysmith Festival of Lights is the most spectacular on Vancouver Island; with hundreds of thousands of decorative lights, a wonderful parade and one of the Island`s best fireworks shows. The coastlines of Ladysmith is filled with green space, walking trails, pebbled beaches, mountain biking trails and marine bird wildlife viewing opportunities. The shoreline beaches of Ladysmith are covered in patches of sand, weathered rocks, and driftwood. At low tide one can walk all along the Ladysmith shoreline to the sandy shores of Transfer Beach, in Ladysmith Harbour, offering warm saltwater swimming or visit the newly constructed amphitheatre on the beach. This charismatic seaside town rich with its heritage buildings and flowering baskets was named “One of the 10 Prettiest Towns in Canada” by Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine. Sunny location, colourful harbour, dramatic ocean views and its proximity to larger centres make this an ideal vacation spot.