The Town of Ladysmith is located about 23 kilometres south of Nanaimo and 88 kilometres north of Victoria. The population is 8,243 (2010) and rapidly growing as more and more people discover the beauty of this hidden gem.

About the Town of Ladysmith

As a community, Ladysmith has a strong spirit and immense pride. Originally designed and laid out in 1904 by coal baron James Dunsmuir, as a community for his mine workers, the town has evolved into a diversified and vibrant community that delights locals as well as visitors with its natural setting, thriving commercial centre and full range of services and amenities.

The historic downtown provides a locally-owned unique shopping experience, offers world class cinnamon buns at the Old Town Bakery on First Avenue, and fresh sandwiches on home-made bread at In the Beantime Café on High Street. Ladysmith prides itself on being a community that offers activities, festivals, outdoor recreation and special events to suit every taste. The Festival of Lights in the downtown area, taking place each year from late November through to January, is not to be missed. Visitors and locals also flock to Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and picnicking with many families spending hours of enjoyment at the water-park and playground structure.

Reasons to live in Ladysmith

Today, the town is a thriving, progressive community. The emphasis on sustainability in recent years has earned the Town of Ladysmith an award as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada every year since 2012.

Being ‘green’ has become a way of life and the Town’s Sustainability Vision outlines key pillars of sustainability for the Town. These include green buildings, innovative infrastructure, healthy community, low impact transportation and more. Visit the Town of Ladysmith website at for more information about their sustainability vision.

Ladysmith is also a bustling hub for young families and offers a multitude of resources and programs to meet the needs of children, from infancy to graduation. The Ladysmith Family and Friends Program offers a Monday-Friday drop-in centre for children and their caregivers that is attended by 5,000 families per year.


With nature trails (the Heart Lake Loop and Holland Creek Trail system are perfect Sunday morning hikes), sports fields and parks; as well as, beaches, a natural 8 kilometre harbour, and so much more, it’s no wonder Ladysmith has become a sought after place for people to call home. With a small business friendly attitude and its focus on sustainability in the long term, Ladysmith is a community for the future.

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