Ladysmith is situated on the 49th Parallel in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Tucked in at the base of hillsides and fronted by the beautiful Ladysmith Harbour, our turn-of-the century town is a highly sought-after place to live, work and play. Ladysmith is full of small town charm while offering a full complement of services and amenities.
The Community Vision Report
“A Community Vision for a Sustainable West Coast Town” is a powerful resource for all who might be involved in the future development of Ladysmith. It outlines in clear terms the community’s preferences for future development regarding fundamental policy approaches as well as in physical and experiential character. The ‘Public Preference Handbook’ is available:
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Ladysmith is a business friendly community
Ladysmith is located in a highly desirable location on southern Vancouver Island. Its mild climate and proximity to major urban centres and transportation networks makes it a natural choice for business seeking a high quality of life in a well-connected, strategic location. The Town recognizes that these characteristics must be augmented by forward-thinking policies, strategies and programs designed to ensure that the community is positioned as a destination of choice for business.
Festival of Lights
The town’s annual Festival of Lights, always held the final Thursday of November, is a great family outing and a huge attraction for those from far and wide. Upwards of 20,000 people attend, coming from all over Vancouver Island as well as from the Lower Mainland/Vancouver area and other areas of the Pacific Northwest.
The afternoon gets under way with a big craft and gift sale at the Aggie Hall, and there is a community spaghetti dinner hosted by one of the local service clubs. As dusk falls the bright Christmas lighting and displays in the store windows come into play. The merchants located all along the town’s main drag (First Avenue) and on several of the small side-streets stay open throughout the evening. By 4 p.m. there is street entertainment on First Avenue, complemented by various concessions hosted by local businesses and service clubs. The night is capped off with the lighting of all the lights, and wonderfully festive parade and fireworks display.