Description of Ladysmith

Ladysmith (pop. 7,538) is situated right on the 49th parallel overlooking the east coast of Vancouver Island. The town is just over a one hours drive north of Victoria and about a half hour drive south of Nanaimo. The local economy is based on forestry, tourism and agriculture. A hillside location adjacent to a sheltered harbour form the natural characteristics of the community.

James Dunsmuir, a coal baron, designed Ladysmith as a shipping port and recreation and dormitory centre for his miners. When Dunsmuir received word that British forces had come to the aid of their fellow soldiers in Ladysmith, South Africa, he named the settlement Ladysmith. He also named many streets after British generals who served in the Anglo Boer war.  Incorporated on June 3, 1904, the town is one of the oldest settlements north of Victoria. It is also the birthplace of actress Pamela Anderson.

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North America: 1.800.255.5057 - UK: 0.800.051.6364 - Australia: 1.800.143.454

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Saturday, February 16 2019

Here in Victoria the snow is dissipating which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner. While many others remain locked in winter's grasp, most everyone (except for the die-hard skiers) are thinking of warmer weather. And from my corner of the world, this translates to kayak vacations. In particular, our trips to Haida Gwaii, Johnstone Strait and Broken Group are gathering speed, with a number of departures sold out and some others having one or two seats remaining. Please use our search engine to select a date and trip - if the departure you want is booked please let me know.  If the demand is there, I might be able to put on another departure. 

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