Things To Do in Ladysmith
Historic Ladysmith has something for everyone from lazy days at the beach, taking in the rich and colourful history or taking a walk in the amazing natural beauty that surrounds this vibrant welcoming town of Ladysmith BC.
Take a break and enjoy one of our many locally owned restaurants and pubs.
Enjoy the many unique boutique shops on historic 1st avenue, Ladysmith is unique in that most of the stores are in the original historic buildings and doesn’t have ” big box” retail so you truly get the local west coast Vancouver Island experience.
Check out the year around events taking place including the world famous Ladysmith Christmas Light up and Ladysmith Days celebration.
Transfer Beach Park – Is the gathering place for community and visitors it has a Water spray park for the kids – Ocean Swimming – Kyack and Paddleboard Rentals – Picnic Tables -Food Trucks – Picnic Shelter for groups – Amphitheatre that hosts Logger sports and festivals – Historic information and Artifacts throughout the Park – Bird Watching and an off-leash Dog Park (note* no dogs are permitted in the beach and park area).
You access Transfer Beach off the Highway 1. Google Map
Heritage and Artifact Walks
Our past comes alive in the many life-size heritage artifacts lining First Avenue and displayed in the Ladysmith Museum. Our historic downtown is easily accessible by car, bicycle or foot to explore the artifacts while visiting our one-of-a-kind businesses and cafes. On your way to Transfer Beach Park, you can stop at the Waterfront Art Gallery to admire and collect the work of local artists and visit the Railway District. On the water’s edge, the Harbour Heritage Centre and floating Maritime Museum will entertain visitors of all ages. Download map here
Ladysmith is beside the ocean so there are lots of activities to do on and in the water, there is a roped off swimming area at Transfer Beach with sandy beach and a water park for the kids as well as Kyack and SUP Rentals. Take a stroll down to the Ladysmith marina where you can have lunch at the Oyster Bay Cafe Explore our Maritime Museum and vessels, visit the Harbour Heritage Centre, take in underwater action at the Sea Life Centre, learn about our working waters with a guided tour of Ladysmith Harbour, or simply relax, take in the coming and going of boats and soak up the peaceful waterfront ambiance.
Art Galleries and Tours
The best place to connect about everything art in Ladysmith is the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery
See our list of Galleries and artists here
- Estuary Trail
This 10-minute walk along the harbour offers views of the marine environment. At low tide enjoy a shoreline stroll to Transfer Beach Park and connect to the Marine Walk. See salmon entering Holland Creek in the fall. Access from a small parking lot located at Roland Road.
- Heart Lake Loop
This challenging 6.4 km trail takes about 2 hours to hike. Spectacular views of the Town, Gulf Islands and Mount Baker make the climb worth the effort. The trail start is very steep. Access is from Davis Road Park at the Holland Creek Trail
- Heritage Artifacts Walk
This route highlights Ladysmith’s history of coal mining, forestry, rail and marine industry connecting our living heritage downtown to the working waterfront and Transfer Beach Park. The Ladysmith Heritage Walk I: Artifacts brochure is available at the Visitor Centre and City Hall. Download Heritage Artifacts Walk Here
- Heritage Buildings Walk
Ladysmith’s iconic streetscape was created virtually overnight, with many buildings transported from Nanaimo at the turn of the century. This diverse group of heritage structures is a vibrant legacy and source of community pride. The Ladysmith Heritage Walk II: Buildings brochure is available at the Visitor Centre and City Hall, and provides a great walking tour around the Town. DownloadHeritage Buildings Walk Here
- Holland Creek Trail
This trail winds 5.8 kilometers along both sides of Holland Creek. The trail appeals to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Highlights include Crystal Falls and the Colliery Dams. Salmon spawning occurs every fall. The trail is wheelchair accessible with assistance from the Methuen / 6th Avenue entrance west to the Upper Colliery dam. Access is from Dogwood Drive, 6th Avenue & Methuen (location of the Kinsmen Shelter and washroom), Davis Road Park, or Mackie Road.
- Marine Walk
Part of the Trans Canada Trail this 1-kilometer walk starts at Transfer Beach and ambles through the trees to the waterfront. The trail then passes the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina and follows an old abandoned railway path to the Government Wharf.
- Rotary Lookout Trail
This 1.2 kilometer trail is accessed near the log bridge at the top of the Holland Creek Trail. Enjoy spectacular views of the town, harbour, Gulf Islands and on a clear day, Mount Baker.
- Stocking Lake Trail
A challenging 9.3 kilometer trail that begins at Davis Road Park and takes approximately two hours and forty minutes to hike. There are views of the Gulf Islands from this beautiful winding hike that intersects with Heart Lake Loop.
- Ladysmith Golf Club course is owned by the Town of Ladysmith and is operated & managed by the Ladysmith Golf Club Society, a nonprofit society run by a volunteer board of directors.
Today, everyone from the age of six and up is welcome to enjoy this beautiful course. The nine-hole par 3 course takes approximately one hour to play but is quite challenging. There are two ravines to drive over, and the greens are large and tricky. The course will test your short iron game and you’re putting skills. More
- Cottonwood 18 hole Golf coursee has an excellent reputation for it’s beautiful greens and well-designed course for golfers at every level, a quality restaurant and event services facility and affordable golf. More
Ladysmith Harbour is the largest nesting colony on Vancouver Island for the Western Purple Martin.The Ladysmith Maritime Society co-operates with the BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program by attaching nest boxes to dock pilings, watches for spring arrival of Purple Martins, helps count adult birds, and in banding nestlings. The birds and their nestlings can be conveniently observed using our on-site ‘nestcam’. More
For general information on birds in our Area visit Vancouver Island Birds
Nanaimo Wine Tour | Cowichan Valley Wine Tour
Vancouver Island has so many great wineries; we’d be crazy to let you skip them! Join us for a 6 hour tour to three wineries leaving from downtown Nanaimo along the Vancouver Island wine route in the Cowichan Valley. More info
Events and Festivals
There are many events all year please check out our MyLadysmith calendar for more information.
Ladysmith has 4 main annual events.
For quick bites to eat, a relaxing cup of coffee, pub grub or a sit-down meal, you’ll find whatever you’re craving in Ladysmith for food and entertainment here. Check out our Food and Drink listings