In 1898 James Dunsmuir needed to build a coal shipping port. Not being one to take his time, he loaded buildings from the town of Wellington onto rail cars and moved them south to establish the pioneering town of Ladysmith.
Situated on the 49th Parallel, Ladysmith has 9 buildings listed in the British Columbia Register of historic Places. There is so much to do and see in Ladysmith, you need to go there and enjoy the Downtown and Transfer Beach!
Climb aboard the trolley and explore the beautiful Ladysmith Harbour and their Downtown with its cafes, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and enough history to entertain each of us. I do tend to drive from Nanaimo to Ladysmith to walk, wander, saunter and see what's in their beautiful shops.
While wandering about this heritage town we stumbled across the Traveller’s Hotel and noticed a band of swastikas girdling the building. This disturbing image was clarified by a plaque that explained in 1913 the swastikas on the brick façade symbolized good luck in Sanskrit and were commonly used as decoration during these times. My how times would change.
For you adventurous types there are numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including golfing, water sports and hiking their renowned trail system. Transfer Beach offers a myriad of things to do.like playgrounds, beach, kayak rentals, a
Here's a link for visitors to the Ladysmith area, and we encourage everyone to park the car, wander about and stop at the bakery for the largest LARGEST cinnamon buns anywhere!