Ladysmith Maritime Society

A Community Marina

We’re your gateway to the Gulf Islands.
And to downtown Ladysmith, BC.
Tie up and stay awhile, but you may never leave.

We’re your gateway to the Gulf Islands. And to downtown Ladysmith, BC. Tie up and stay awhile, but you may never leave.

Good Day

Owned and operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society, we are proudly a non-profit marina serving the community since 1985. We are committed to capturing and sharing that waterfront history with our communities on both sides of the harbour, and with our visitors.

Our sheltered community marina rests in the Ladysmith Harbour, just a short 10-minute walk to town.

Whether you’re a local looking for something to do, or a visitor tying up for the night, you’re sure to find more than you expected on our docks!

Our location, on the water and on land, lends itself well to student field trips, community activities and tourist visits. Special interactive programs have been developed to give children and adults unique waterfront experiences that will enhance understanding of our local maritime history.

Take a harbour tour, visit our museum, see our wonderful heritage vessels, grab some good food at the Oyster Bay Café and watch the purple martins, or visit our LMS Welcome Centre.

There’s something for everyone!

Thank You Huy ch q’u


With over 950 feet of visitor moorage and a 3,000-square-foot floating Welcome Centre, we are a popular stop for traveling boaters. Use the Marina Office, complete washroom, shower and laundry facilities, fireside lounge with a large TV, Oyster Bay Café, and free WiFi.


Our heritage museum, festival, special events and harbour tour activities are run entirely by volunteer members. If you feel that you would like to be a part of these activities, please accept our invitation to become a member.


We invite you to become a member of the Ladysmith Maritime Society. We are a fun and friendly bunch who love boats and being on the water. We have activities that are sure to capture your interest, and you don’t have to own a boat to join us!

Upcoming Events

After a wonderful 2023 Summer Season, we are busy preparing for 2024!

Even in the Winter Season, you can still get involved. Become a member, or join our team of volunteers.

At the end of the year, we host our AGM. To attend and vote for new Board of Directors, you must be a member in good standing. So drop into the Welcome Centre to pick up a form and pay your dues.

Enjoy A Meal

Oyster Bay Cafe

The Oyster Bay Café, located in the Welcome Centre, opened in the spring of 2014 and serves freshly made culinary delights for breakfast and lunch. In 2015, the talented chefs from In The BeanTime Café began to run the show and created a menu with a distinctive emphasis on local, seasonal seafood.

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Local Resources

Ladysmith is a picturesque, historic seaside community with small town charm. It is tucked in at the base of hillsides and fronted by a beautiful harbour on mid-Vancouver Island. Nature surrounds us.

Downtown is just a short 15-minute walk and is perfect for exploring all year-round. It's famous for the views, walking trails, heritage and culture. It's also known for straddling the 49th Parallel that divides Canada and the U.S. (Want a photo of the marker? Head to our Aggie Plaza near downtown.)

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