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Ladysmith

Ladysmith has won many beauty awards over the years so a visit to this town will make you smile. With turn-of-the-century Edwardian architecture that has been preserved you can follow the Heritage Walk Route along award-winning First Avenue for a look at the turn-of-the century buildings and enjoy the quaint boutiques and cafes. Located near Ladysmith Harbour, Transfer Beach is a popular destination with kayaking, swimming, picnicking, and more. The Waterfront Art Gallery is located nearby.  Explore the many wineries, cidery, craft beers and distilled beverages that are made in the Cowichan region and sample some culinary delights all farmed locally. If you like a good walk or hike, Holland Creek Trails are suitable for all abilities. Waterfalls, forests and lookouts provide lots to see along the way and in October salmon spawn in the creeks.

Location

Ladysmith is located 28 km (17 mi) south of Nanaimo and 23 km (14 mi) north of Duncan on Trans Canada Highway 1 on Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

In 1884, James Dunsmuir, the owner of the Wellington Colliery Company, was given a land grant from E&N Railway, privatizing the land which would eventually become Ladysmith. The community he founded in 1899 was originally known as Oyster Harbour and served as a company town for miners. Coal bunkers and wharves dominated the waterfront, while homes and businesses were built on the hillside.

When Dunsmuir received word on March 1, 1900 that the British forces had finally relieved their besieged countrymen in Ladysmith, in the Natal Province of South Africa, he renamed the new town Ladysmith and many local streets were named after British Generals who served in the Anglo Boer War.

In 1904 the town was incorporated and the new community, fueled by the strong demand for coal, grew quickly. After the Great Depression however, the town slowly transformed into the centre of major logging operations that extended as far as the Nanaimo Lakes region and which employed as many as 700 men. Since then, logging and milling lumber have continued to play an important role in the town’s economic development.

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Tourism Ladysmith

Ladysmith & Nearby Accommodations

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4 All Seasons Resort

4 All Seasons Resort

Ladysmith

A family owned camping facility, situated on inside coast of Vancouver Island on the Cedar peninsula, covered by mature trees and bounded by beautiful rock beaches over 100 sites in a treed setting. 3 night minimum stay for long weekends. ... Read more
Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Ladysmith

A beautiful forested Parkbridge Resort with a big rig friendly park on Halsam Creek is the ideal destination for families to have a fun filled vacation. Offering year round accommodation, we welcome guests to stay with us during any season. Your RV and camping experience will be the best one yet at ... Read more
Country Maples RV Resort

Country Maples RV Resort

Chemainus

Quality RV Resort with lots of space, grassy and shaded sites. 160 sites off Hwy, heated pool, mini golf, clubhouse, playground. Cell service available. West side of Hwy 1, 1/2 mile south of Henry Road. Nearby golf, fishing, antique and curio shops, Chemainus murals. ... Read more
Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus

3 km south of Chemainus on Trans Canada Hwy. Enjoy our 9 wooded ha situated along the Chemainus River; featuring large sunny and wooded sites with water, power, sewer, showers, Laundromat and internet. Close to golf course and regional park. River swimming, badminton, horseshoe pitch; guest patio ar ... Read more
Riverside Campground & Cabins

Riverside Campground & Cabins

Duncan

Riverfront camping, large grassed and shaded areas. Full and partial hookups, pull-thrus, cable TV, flush toilets, group and cyclist rates. Tent sites have firepits. Washrooms open May 1 - Oct 1. Open year round for self-contained RVs. ... Read more
Beaver Lake Resort

Beaver Lake Resort

Lake Cowichan

Resting between the mountains and fir trees, Beaver Lake Resort is the ideal destination for tranquility and relaxation. Featuring spacious sunny or treed RV, tent or cabin sites, you will enjoy 1500 feet beautiful lake frontage views and private access of Beaver Lake. Our family oriented, pet frien ... Read more
Lakeview Park Campground

Lakeview Park Campground

Lake Cowichan

This campground offers 75 sites, 28 of which have lake views. The marina is just a short walk away. Power and water are available on some sites. ... Read more
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat

Situated north of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia near the summit of Malahat Drive, the resort is an experience with nature nestled amongst the giant cedars and seasonal creeks. We offer spacious, fully serviced RV lots and some private and scenic campsites, perfect for every need. Choose from ... Read more
Cedar Springs Ranch

Cedar Springs Ranch

Malahat

Nestled amongst towering cedar and fir trees, Cedar Springs Ranch offers a family-friendly destination. Situated in a forested mountain setting of Malahat Drive, our campground is an escape from urban life while still being only a 20 minute drive to Victoria. Explore the historic city, boat across t ... Read more
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