The Ladysmith Community

Fall in love with Ladysmith’s small town charm

Ladysmith, on southern Vancouver Island, is a highly desirable place to live, work and play. Families, retirees, entrepreneurs and investors have all made it one of Canada’s fastest growing communities.

You’ll find it on the 49th Parallel in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. (“Cowichan” is a First Nations term that means “land warmed by the sun.”) Ladysmith is a compact, turn-of-the century town with dynamic energy and a full complement of services and amenities. From Holland Creek you’re within a few minutes walk of the major mall, trails, and the 9-hole Ladysmith Golf Club.

Much of the town is built on hillsides that front the beautiful Ladysmith Harbour. The small town charm and community pride are evident in the well-maintained architecture and streetscapes. They honour the heritage of this former logging and mining community that was originally inhabited by the people of the Stz’uminus First Nation.

Ladysmith’s easy connections for travel and business

Ladysmith gives you fast access to Nanaimo Airport (10 minutes away) and its connections to the world through hubs in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. You’re an hour’s drive to renowned Victoria, and 20 minutes to the ferry terminal connecting you to Vancouver and the rest of B.C.

This proximity to major urban centres and transportation networks makes the town a natural choice for business owners seeking a high quality of life in a well-connected, strategic location.

Family life in Ladysmith

Education, recreation and culture are among the many attractions for families of all ages. Small schools, beaches, an abundance of parks and trails, shopping and community theatre are just a few of the things that make Ladysmith so family-friendly.

Transfer Beach, the heart of town, fills with locals and tourists who enjoy sun and sand. In the summer Transfer Beach is also home to the Tuesday Farmer’s Market. From Holland Creek you’re just minutes away from a family stroll down the Marine Walk or estuary trail, paddling a kayak, swimming, or just hanging out on warm day. And outside your door is Holland Creek trail, ranked by Trip Advisor as one of the top things to do in Ladysmith.

The annual winter Ladysmith Festival of Lights is the largest family-oriented celebration on Vancouver Island. Starting in the last weekend of November, it draws more than 20,000 people from around the Pacific Northwest. They come to see hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights adorning trees and buildings throughout town, and enjoy entertainment, a festive parade and a fireworks display. To know the latest news and events in Ladysmith and our development Register With Us!