Owned and operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society
a registered charity serving the Ladysmith community since 1985

Dockside Office T: 250-245-1146

About Us

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The Ladysmith Maritime Society is a 280-member non-profit charitable organization that has been in continuous operation since 1985.

The purpose of the Society as stated in its constitution is to serve the community by:

  • Protect and promote Ladysmith’s maritime heritage including
    • Development and operation of a maritime museum
    • Foster expertise in the construction, maintenance, and restoration of heritage boats
    • Promote tourism activity in the harbour
  • Protect and promote public access to the waterfront
  • Operate a marina for the benefit of Ladysmith area residents including
    • Provide moorage and services for local and visiting boaters
    • Provide services for heritage and other vessels, including heritage vessels owned by the Society
  • Operate as a non-profit society under the BC Society Act
  • Operate as a registered charity recognized by the Government of Canada
  • Hold and operate properties and facilities of the Society

In addition to moorage, the Society offers the following amenities and services:

  • Harbour tours operating in the warmer seasons
  • An annual Maritime Festival that attracts more than 3000 visitors
  • An award winning floating Maritime History Museum that includes west coast heritage vessels
  • A gathering place for local and visitor marine events
  • Moorage and site support for Cowichan Independent Living, a sailing program for those with disabilities
  • A water safety program for children called “Kids Don’t Float”, that provides the free loan of pfd’s to children on our marina’s docks
  • A children’s dock with a marine-life viewing¬†portal
  • Site support for the BC Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program to provide nesting habitat and monitor the blue-listed Purple Martin

LMS has developed its facilities in accordance with the community’s vision for the waterfront and with a focus on increased economic benefit for the community from marine tourism. The Ladysmith Maritime Society has a proven track record since July 1985 of operating a highly successful non-profit charitable society.

The Directors, numerous LMS members, volunteers and three full-time staff persons are actively involved in the day-to-day activities of making the LMS Community Marina a success.