Ladysmith (population: 8,376) is a Vancouver Island heritage town, located on the 49th Parallel within easy hailing distance of Victoria and Nanaimo.
The heart of the old town is situated on a hillside overlooking an oyster bay and postcard-perfect Transfer Beach Park. The Gulf Islands are southeast from the mouth of Ladysmith Harbour – a prime location for pleasure boat cruising – past the point of land where Pamela Anderson's family once ran a cabin resort.
Voted one of Canada's ten prettiest towns by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine, Ladysmith offers a rare and remarkable flashback to another era. The town's main street (1st Avenue) features vintage Edwardian buildings, many erected circa the town's founding in 1900 and now occupied by independent merchants of all kinds: baker, butcher, restauranteurs, artisans, coffeeshop proprietors, shopkeepers, book dealers, and numerous antique and vintage shops.