Welcome to the Ladysmith Community Marina, a unique waterfront experience of heritage and hospitality.
Enjoy the many amenities at the Welcome Centre including the Marina Office, free WiFi, fireside lounge with a big screen TV, meeting room (available for rent), washrooms, showers, laundry facilities and pump out. Enjoy culinary delights at the Oyster Bay Café, open daily May 18 to September 3, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.
NEW! Enjoy use of our new Paddling Centre which offers launch access to the harbour for anyone with a canoe, kayak or paddle board. And when you’re not out on your water vessel, you can safely store it at the Centre for a low quarterly fee. The Paddling Centre is located on C dock where you can safely paddle out to open water. In the spring of 2018 we will also offer unique courses to help you improve your paddling skills. Check back for details.
We are located in Ladysmith Harbour, on Vancouver Island BC, in the heart of the Gulf Islands. As you enter the harbour, we are the first marina on your port side.
The marina is conveniently located; just a 10-minute walk gets you to either Transfer Beach (swimming, kids’ water park, kayak and paddleboard rentals) or shops in downtown Ladysmith.
If you need to connect further afield, the Nanaimo airport is an 11-minute drive from the Marina.
Once in Ladysmith, take the highway exit marked Transfer Beach, towards the waterfront (Roberts Street becomes Transfer Beach Road on the water side of the highway). Turn left just after the railway tracks onto the gravel road, which is Oyster Bay Drive. Continue approximately 300 meters until you see the large blue building; affectionately referred to by the locals as the “Expo Building.” Watch for signs pointing you to the Marina and Oyster Bay Café. Space is extremely limited in the lower parking lot but you are welcome to tackle the two hairpin turns to the shoreline or park on Oyster Bay Drive and walk the stairs to the lower parking lot and Marina access ramp. If you have physical limitations and cannot find parking below, please call 250-245-1146 and one of our friendly staff will meet you at the top of the stairs with a shuttle!
We do NOT have a boat launch here. Please continue to the government wharf on Ludlow Road for that type of access.
We are proudly a non-profit marina, operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society since 1985. Our volunteers work hard to make this marina a “must-go-to” destination, and visitors tell us that we are “the friendliest marina on the west coast.”
In June of 2015 we were certified as a 3-anchor Clean Marina under the Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) program for environmental best practices (that’s 3 out of 5). The designation recognizes industry leading marinas, harbour authorities, yacht clubs and boat yards that meet GSA’s rigid environmental standards.
There’s always something interesting happening at the Ladysmith Community Marina. Join us May 26 for our Heritage Boat Festival, and June 2 for the Kids’ Pirate Day, or at one of the popular Friday evening Dine on the Dock, held throughout the summer.
In its second year is the Sea Life Celebration event on Sunday, August 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. This is great fun for families and a perfect opportunity to discover the underwater creatures of Oyster Bay Harbour. Divers will bring some of these creatures to the surface and attending marine biologists will transport them to touch tanks where everyone can have a closeup experience with these wonders and learn about their unique and fragile environment.
In July and August, drop in with your voice, harmonica, guitar, etc. on Tuesday nights for open-mic Music on the Dock or attend one of our free Talk on the Dock afternoons to learn about this beautiful area and its rich heritage.
NEW this summer! Movie on the Dock – July 18 and August 15. Admission will be FREE but you might need a dinghy! Check back to see what’s playing.
Tai Chi on the Dock – Our volunteer instructors have decided to go sailing! Stay tuned for the next session.
Life at our Marina is relaxed, friendly and inviting. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you again and again!
Take a tour of our marina. We hope you enjoy what you see.