Ladysmith (population: 7,538) 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 (aka 1st Avenue) features a strip of 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 more.