Ladysmith holds a series of annual festivals and events to celebrate the changing seasons.
In spring, check out Vancouver Island Paddlefest and the Ladysmith Maritime Festival, or in summer attends Ladysmith Days and Ladysmith Thursday Night Live. Beginning in November, the Ladysmith Festival of Lights illuminates the town until January – even yachts and power boats get in on the festivities.
Vancouver Island Paddlefest
Vancouver Island Paddlefest is billed as the premier paddlesports event in western Canada. This weekend event has been drawing kayaking enthusiasts to Ladysmith annually since 1999.
The schedule includes a buying show, workshops, shoreline kayak tours, and the one-of-a-kind cardboard kayak race. (Yes, the boats are made of cardboard and the hilarious race doesn't last long!)