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


Welcome to the Ladysmith Community Marina, a unique waterfront experience of heritage and hospitality.

Enjoy the many amenities at the Welcome Centre including the Marina Office, fireside lounge with a big screen TV, washrooms, showers, laundry facilities, pump out and free wifi. Enjoy culinary delights, during the summer months, at the Oyster Bay Café (open seasonally). Please note: as of Friday, June 19, 2020 the Welcome Centre and Marina Office are open again for transient moorage guests and the general public. Washrooms, showers and laundry facilities during COVID-19 are only available between 9am and 5pm daily (regular office hours). 

Explore our Maritime Museum and vessels, visit the Harbour Heritage Centre, take in underwater action at the Sea Life 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.

Our Paddling Centre 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 quarterly fee.  The Paddling Centre is located on C dock where you can safely paddle out to open water.

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, kids’ 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.

Once in Ladysmith, take the highway exit marked Transfer Beach towards the waterfront (Roberts Street becomes Transfer Beach Blvd on the water side of the highway). Turn left just after the railway tracks onto the gravel road, which is Oyster Bay Drive. Continue approximately 300 meters until you see the large blue building; affectionately referred to by the locals as the “Expo Building.” Watch for signs pointing you to the Marina and Oyster Bay Café. Space is extremely limited in the lower parking lot but you are welcome to tackle the two hairpin turns to the shoreline or park on Oyster Bay Drive and walk the stairs to the lower parking lot and Marina access ramp. If you have physical limitations and cannot find parking below, please call 250-245-1146 and one of our friendly staff will meet you at the top of the stairs with a shuttle!

We do NOT have a boat launch here. Please continue to the government wharf on Ludlow Road for that type of water access.

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 one of the friendliest marina on the west coast.

Recently reviewed and re-certified in November 2018 as a 3-anchor Clean Marina under the Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) program for environmental best practices (that’s 3 out of 5). The designation recognizes industry leading marinas, harbour authorities, yacht clubs and boat yards that meet GSA’s rigid environmental standards.

Mark your Calendar for 2020

Heritage Boat Festival May 30, 2020 (last Saturday in May) – Please note: Cancelled due to COVID-19

Kids’ Pirate Day June 6, 2020 (first Saturday in June) – Please note: Cancelled due to COVID-19

Sea Life Celebration August 9, 2020 (second Sunday in August) – Please note: Cancelled due to COVID-19

Dine on the Dock Various Friday evenings June through August – Please note: May be cancelled due to COVID-19, please check back for updates.

Music on the Dock Evenings in July and August, with some evenings hosting an open-mic and others with a featured artist. Please note: May be cancelled due to COVID-19, please check back for updates.

Talk on the Dock afternoons to learn about this beautiful area and its rich heritage. Stay tuned for the next talk.