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Ladysmith Travel & Tourism
Accommodations, Activities, Attractions, Restaurants & Information
You can get to Ladysmith by Bus (Coach) from Victoria and Nanaimo and from the BC Ferry Terminals in Nanaimo and Swartz Bay, just north of Sidney BC.
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For transportation information for Vancouver Island please check our transportation page. You will find information about getting to Vancouver Island and travel information for getting around the Island as well. Quality Maps for sale can be found on our Maps Page. This information is constantly changing so we are connecting you directly with the service providers so you can find current information.
Two smaller airlines offer services right to the Cowichan Region; Hanna's Air Saltspring contact number 1-800-665-2359 and Harbour Air contact number 1-800-663-4267.
Regional / Pacific Coastal
Mountain Air / AirBC
Rail - 1-888-VIA-RAIL
Ladysmith is located right on the 49th Parallel (US Border with the rest of Canada). Ladysmith is a quaint town on the hillside overlooking spectacular Ladysmith Harbour. Ladysmith is one of the oldest communities on Vancouver Island, founded at the turn of the century. Many of the older restored buildings in the community create a definite Edwardian charm.
The community was originally a recreation and dormitory complex for miners and coal from Nanaimo was shipped from Ladysmith harbour. When James Dunsmuir, owner of the mines, received word on March 1, 1900 that the British forces had finally relieved their besieged countrymen in Ladysmith, Natal-South Africa, he decided to name his new town "Ladysmith". Many local streets are named after the British Generals who served in the Boer war.
Enjoy a stroll along 1st Avenue and see many restored historic heritage buildings evoking memories of a frontier past based on forestry and coal mining. Be sure to watch for the historic plaques placed on many of the as you stroll through town. A unique piece of art on Main Street tells the story of Ladysmith in a collage of artifacts welded together representing the various eras.
Ladysmith is surrounded by mountains, streams and lakes, and it is a great departure point for enjoying island hiking, hunting, camping, fishing and much more.
The Christmas season is highlighted by the annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights on the last Thursday in November. Enjoy Ladysmith's breathtaking Christmas displays. From late November and throughout December you can enjoy a number of Christmas experiences including craft shows, entertainment, a spectacular sail past with decorated water craft, a Santa Claus Parade and Coronation Mall's Moonlight Madness.
something unique try Bungy Jumping at the "Bungy Jumping
Zone" just 10 minutes north of Ladysmith on the Nanaimo