Welcome to the Ladysmith Community Marina, a unique waterfront experience of heritage and hospitality.
Enjoy the many amenities at the newly built Welcome Centre, including the marina office, free Wi-Fi, fireside lounge with a big screen TV, meeting room (available for rent) washrooms, showers, laundry facilities and pump out. Sample culinary delights at the Oyster Bay Cafe, open daily May 18 to September 3, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Explore our Heritage Museum and vessels, visit the Harbour Heritage Centre, take in underwater action at the Sea Life Viewing 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 monthly fee. The Paddling Center 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, kid’s 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.
To find us from Ladysmith, turn off the Island Highway at the traffic light intersection at Roberts St. toward the waterfront onto Transfer Beach Road. Cross the rail tracks and turn left onto the gravel roadway, which is Oyster Bay Drive. Watch for signs pointing you to the Marina and Oyster Bay Cafe. You can park at the top of the hill above the marina and take the stairs to the lower lot, or space permitting, in the lot below next to the ramp.
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 Clean Marine BC member under the Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) program for environmental best practices. 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 events, “Dine On The Dock“, held throughout the summer.
In it’s second year is the Sea Life Celebration event on Sunday, August 12th – 10 am to 2 pm. This is great fun for Kids and 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 close up experiences with these wonders and learn about their unique and fragile environment.
In July and August, drop in with your guitar on Thursday nights for “Music On The Dock“, or sign up for one of our “Talk On The Dock” programs and learn about this beautiful area and its rich heritage.
NEW! This summer we will hold two evenings of “Movie on the Dock“! Admission is free! Check back to learn more on the date and featured film.
NEW! This spring and fall we will also offer Tai Chi classes! Again, check back on our News & Events page for details.
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.