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

MARINA OFFICE:  250-245-1146 or VHF 66A

Educational Programs

Educational Programming

Free to School Groups!

The Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) is proud to provide teachers and students with interesting and educational tours that expand understanding of our local heritage. These tours are FREE, courtesy of the LMS and the Ladysmith & District Historical Society (LDHS).

During the months of May and June, we offer two choices for full day (10 am – 2 pm) educational field trips:

1. LMS Education Program: Harbour Heritage Centre, Maritime Museum, Sea Life Centre & Harbour Boat Tour; or
2. Combination Education Program with the LDHS at the Ladysmith Museum and the LMS at the Harbour Heritage Centre.

A hands-on project with materials, provided free of charge, is part of each Education Program. We divide the classes into smaller groups, so they are manageable for our volunteers and fun for our students.

To schedule your class field trip, please go to the Booking Form link below and send the completed form to us at vimarmot@shaw.ca. Depending on teacher’s requests we may focus on local fishing, oyster, coal or forest industries, sea life of the Harbour, heritage boats or Stz’uminus First Nation culture.

Educational Programs need to be booked soon for your field trip in May or June, Monday to Friday. Please list 3 dates that would work for you on the Booking Form, then we will confirm which date is available for your class trip.

We look forward to providing students with an amazing experience.

If you have questions, please phone Shirley – LMS volunteer Museum/Heritage/Education Program Coordinator at 250-245-3075 or send an email to vimarmot@shaw.ca

Field Trip #1

Visiting the floating Maritime Museum

Arrival: 10 am – The class will meet at the Harbour Heritage Centre, 610 Oyster Bay Drive. After a brief welcome, the class will be divided into 3 groups of approximately 8 to 9 students. Each student will put a snack in their pocket and then Groups 1 and 2, with their leaders, will head down the walkway in front of the blue building, then cautiously cross the road and down the stairs to the ramp which leads to the Ladysmith Community Marina.

GROUP 1 will be outfitted with lifejackets at the base of the ramp, then go on the “Maritimer” boat for a tour of Ladysmith Harbour. The Harbour Tour is conducted by a LMS certified operator who adheres to all safety procedures and standards. The tour operator will share waterfront cultural and industrial history and point out local sea life during this adventure. Tours are dependent on good weather and if the tour boat ride has to be cancelled, alternate learning experiences will be provided in the upstairs room of the dockside Welcome Centre or under the big tent.

GROUP 2 will spend time in the Maritime Museum experiencing the walk-in display representing an old 1889 ship captain’s cabin and learning about safety on the water. Then they will walk to the Sea Life Centre gazebo to get a first-hand look at some of our sea creatures. Also there may be opportunities to learn about the Purple Martins.

All aboard the Maritimer for a harbour tour

GROUP 3 will remain at the Harbour Heritage Centre for a guided tour and slide show, and will create a take-home, hand-made project.

By lunch time the three groups will have rotated to each station.

LUNCH: The gathering place for Lunch will be under the big tent in front of the Welcome Centre at the marina. All three groups with their teacher, group leaders and LMS educators will enjoy their own bag lunch there.

CONCLUSION: A short review or game will bring each education program to a close.

DEPARTURE: is approximately 2 pm to accommodate your bus schedule.

Kids love to watch the fish below through the glass window in the floor

Field Trip #2

Arrival: 10 am – Once the class gets off the bus they will meet at the LDHS Ladysmith Museum, 721 First Avenue, Ladysmith.  The class will be welcomed and divided in to 2 groups of approximately 12 students.

GROUP 1 will be taken on a guided tour the Ladysmith Museum and focus on the forest industry.

GROUP 2 will spend time with our curator and volunteer educators in the Museum’s downstairs activity room having hands-on experiences with some of the tools used in the forest industry in the early days.

When rotation of the groups is completed, the students will have a snack and then be driven by bus or cars to the LMS Harbour Heritage Centre at 610 Oyster Bay Drive.

LUNCH will be outside if the weather is good or inside the building if that is a better option. Both groups with their teachers, group leaders and our volunteers will enjoy lunch together.

Ladysmith Museum on First Avenue

There will be a guided tour of the Harbour Heritage Centre and a slide show on your topic of interest, followed by a hands-on take home project for both groups.

If time allows we can take both groups on a short walk to the Heritage Park to see the original steam Locomotive #11 and Humdirgen.

CONCLUSION: A short review or game will bring each education program to a close.

DEPARTURE: Approximately 1:30 pm – 2 pm to accommodate your bus/car schedule.

Please use the Booking Form link below, type in your information, then save the completed form to your desktop. It will automatically save as a pdf. Next, attach the pdf on your desktop in an email to: vimarmot@shaw.ca

Booking Form

Teacher Instructions

Educational books that support our Programs are available at the LMS Welcome Centre, Maritime Museum, and Harbour Heritage Centre or use the convenient order form here.

Please make your payment to Shirley Blackstaff and mail a cheque to her at: 10825 Edgelow Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1X6

Order Form for books