The town of Ladysmith is a spirited little community on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. It offers the ideal combination of small town charm and world-class recreational amenities, all set against a backdrop of striking natural surroundings. With a population of hardly more than 8000, Ladysmith’s mild and pleasant climate makes it the perfect year-round vacation destination. This small town offers big fun, and not only that, its community is proudly committed to the conservation of energy and natural resources.

Things to do/attractions

For such a small town, Ladysmith is bursting with countless varied things to do, from touring art galleries and studios to bird watching to playing golf or going on one of many hiking trails. Tour the beautiful wine country and taste its delectable wines, or go downtown where the vibrant heritage main-street shows off the best culinary treats Ladysmith has to offer. The ocean is always accessible at Ladysmith, whether you want to kayak or take a harbor boat tour, and the Transfer Beach Spray Park is the most popular spot of all for family members of all ages. It promises everything from beach games to Farmer’s Market to weekly musical nights.

Hospitals, schools, colleges, public transport

Ladysmith has its own Primary Health Care Centre in addition to several other facilities close by within the Cowichan Valley. It has a flourishing public school system for primary and intermediate schooling and many more in addition to several good high schools and universities in the vicinity. The BC Cowichan Valley Regional Transit services Ladysmith along with Greyhound Bus Service and the Nanaimo Ferry Terminal.


Coronation Mall is Ladysmith’s prime shopping center, and besides it there are stores available for all amenities and purposes. An extensive online guide can be found directing you to a substantial list of the numerous shops, which hold all the potential of becoming an enjoyable and satisfying shopping experience.

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Perhaps the most talked-about and well-known attraction of the region would be the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Set in front of Mount Prevost in Cowichan Valley, it is a private membership club and motorsports playground. It offers a 2.3-kilometer road course, a dynamic driving area to refine reactive skills, and a 1.0 kilometer off-road proving ground. All in all, it is definitely a motorsport enthusiast’s dream come true!

Why would someone want to live here?

Ladysmith is a small town with a lot of character. It is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of large cities, thus offering a quiet and peaceful life, yet is just an hour away from exciting Victoria. It is increasingly becoming popular as a retirement destination because of its tranquil setting and spectacular scenery. With its ever-growing economy and green initiatives, Ladysmith is constantly improving.