During the first weekend in August (BC long weekend) Ladysmith puts on its biggest event of the year! 3 days of fun-filled activities including a parade, logger sports, fishing derby, First Nations events, pancake breakfasts, fireworks, etc. Visit www.ladysmithdays.com.more
Ladysmith is most famous for its yearly Festival of Lights held the 3rd Thursday of November! Come and experience a town completely lit up with lights. Santa switches on the lights at approx. 6pm, there is a parade, arts and crafts fair, food and drink along First Avenue which is closed to traffic on this magical night. An absolutely amazing...more
This art gallery is run by the non-profit Arts Council and feature many local artists' work - paintings, sculpture and photography. The gallery is located in a historic building overlooking the Maritime Museum which is also worth a visit as they have a Maritime Museum and boat tours in the summer months.The art gallery is open most days. Call to...more
In Ladysmith you can go sailing on an America's Cup boat. At Page Point Marina they have two sailboats that have sailed in past America's Cups. You can stay at this beautiful marina at the Inn and go for a sail! The Inn has a gourmet restaurant and a small spa.SORRY NO LONGER IN BUSINESS.more
There are great hikes in Ladysmith:Holland Creek Trail - 5.8 km and part of the Trans Canada TrailHike to Heart Lake - Beautiful lake at the top. There is a 6.4 km marked trail that starts at the head of the Holland Creek Trail bridge. You can choose: difficult, moderate and mild.You can pick up a trail guide with all three of these hikes on it at...more
Our wonderful non-profit Maritime Society in Ladysmith has opened a small maritime museum and it is very well done. It is located right on the docks at the Maritime marina so after you check out the museum stroll the docks looking at boats, sit on one of the benches and watch the birds or go on a harbour tour (by donation and also put on my the...more
Go for a free Boat tour of Ladysmith Harbour with a historical commentary. Watch the tugboats at work, see eagles, seals, racoons, starfish and other wildlife and sealife. All this takes place on a small boat that holds approx. 8 people.The Ladysmith Maritime Society offers these tours 2x/ day in the summer months weather permitting.more
On the outside this restaurant looks pretty unappealing but once you taste the food and then look at how cheap the prices are you will want to eat here over and over. The service is fabulous too!Serve Vietnamese, Chinese and Canadian food. My favourite is #V5 - Rice, marinated chicken and a large spring roll (only $6.95CAN)more
This cafe is absolutely fabulous!!!! It is by far the best place to eat breakfast or lunch in Ladysmith. The food is tasty, fresh and affordable. The service is top-notch. Daily specials. Breakfast - eggs, yoghurt, wraps, etc.Lunch - Soup, sandwiches, wraps, saladsBaked goods to die for. Coffee ground on the premises and top quality tea available....more
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Go to this store if you want old-fashioned service and products. The owners have run this store forever. Dig through piles of clothing, old shoes, carpets, work clothes, panties and bras galore, boxes of everything. Enjoy the smell of grandma's attic but in a downtown store. Don't be in a hurry though as when you purchase something you get to watch...more
Warning - should you head to the local bar The Sporty and declare you are a tourist wanting a local bar experience people will definitely treat you to Lucky Beer - the most popular beer in town. Just because it is the most popular beer doesn't mean it is the best tasting (although locals would argue it is).
Not that there aren't great things to see and do in Ladysmith but we all wish there was a tourist trap in Ladysmith but there isn't!!!! We need more tourism in our little town so please come and make one of our great sights, shops, beach a tourist trap!!!!
If you are coming to Ladysmith in any month other than July or August and even then you should really bring an umbrella and a rain jacket as it rains here a lot and can also be windy.
Casual clothes are the norm here!
Every year in May Paddlefest is held in Ladysmith. This event features kayaking vendors, lessons, clinics, talks, tradeshow, etc. Two days long, free admission. Check their website for exact date in May - www.paddlefest.ca