Operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society
a registered charity serving the Ladysmith community since 1985

MARINA OFFICE:  250-245-1146 • FAX: 250-924-6109 • VHF 66A

Sea Life Centre

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath our waters?

The warmest harbour north of San Francisco!

A Sea Star from Ladysmith Harbour

Visit our Sea Life Centre and discover magical and mysterious creatures from Ladysmith Harbour!

The dockside Sea Life Centre is located just south of the Welcome Centre

The floating Sea Life Centre is located just south of the Welcome Centre on our docks and contains wonderful, informative displays, touch tanks, and a viewing portal in the floor where you can peek at passing fish.

Learn about local sea stars, mussels, oysters, sea grasses and how our ancestors used our ocean’s resources. Find out how this fragile environment is endangered and what you can do to help us preserve, protect and promote this marine environment.


LMS’ most recent addition to environmental education is a Sea Life Centre built in 2016. It is a floating gazebo on a 20′ x 20′ dock surrounded by a viewing shelf and fence that displays photographs with descriptive sea life identification.

The Centre is a special place where touch tanks showcase our sea life and provide hands-on experiences that involve divers, marine biologists, and students from our Ladysmith and Stz’uminus communities. The viewing section in the middle of the floor also provides the perfect opportunity to introduce people to the magic and wonder of the sea life of Ladysmith Harbour.

Our Sea Life program teaches visitors of all ages about sea life, inspires them to protect it and allows them to explore how sea life and oceans contribute to all of our lives.



Teens gain marine experience at the Sea Life Centre

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

At the Sea Life Centre (on the dock, just south of the Welcome Centre)

Hands on Experiences!

  • Collect Creatures
  • Examine Specimens
  • Identify Sea Life
  • Games
  • Art Project



Wonderful creatures in the touch tanks

(left) Just some of the shells collected along our shore.

(below) Rick, Amy and Tami collecting mussels and phytoplankton.