Our Town.

A Short Walk

Ladysmith from water

So you've docked at our Marina and need groceries, clothing, a bank, Post Office, or want to sample Ladysmith's famous cinnamon buns at the Old Town Bakery. Downtown is just a short 10 minute walk up the hill.

Ladysmith is a year-round destination so there’s always something for you to see and do here. Check out our famous Festival of Lights, Vancouver Island’s largest family winter festival. And summer is the time for a family outing on Transfer Beach, live music in a seaside amphitheatre, art tours, and ocean cruises. (Don’t forget you can golf and birdwatch year-round!)

First Avenue

Places to Eat and Drink

There are many reasons Vancouver Island is also known as Canada’s Food Island, and you’ll find many of those reasons right here. Ladysmith restaurants include award winning menus, desserts to die for (we’re known for our cinnamon buns and cheesecake), unique settings, and friendly service and ambiance.


Historic First Avenue is the heart of our vibrant downtown and shopping district. There you’ll discover a variety of amenities, shops and services within an easily accessible 5 to 10 minute walk. You can explore quaint boutiques, antique stores and vintage shops while soaking up the character of one of Canada’s Great Streets.

Town of Ladysmith

Nestled on the eastern shores of spectacular Vancouver Island, the Town of Ladysmith features all the warmth and charm of small town living with a full range of services and amenities. Ladysmith is a growing community located just 88km north of Victoria and 23km south of Nanaimo.

Tourism Ladysmith

What are you in the mood for? From fine seaside dining to cozy English pubs to award-winning cinnamon buns, you can indulge your inner foodie in Ladysmith. Don’t miss First Avenue, where unique stores can satisfy your inner shopper.

Upcoming Events

Discover Maritime Heritage with the Ladysmith Maritime Society

Ahoy, Ladysmith community!  It’s that time of the year when we throw open the doors of our maritime haven and welcome you to a day filled with nautical wonders. Join us on Monday, 19 February 2024, from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm, as we share the maritime heritage that makes our town truly special.

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