Originally "Oyster Harbour" - Ladysmith

"Heritage by the Sea" - Ladysmith is a town located on the 49th parallel north, on the east coast of Vancouver Island just south of Nanaimo.  Located within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Ladysmith has a population of 8,537 based on the 2016 Canada census.  In 2017 Ladysmith's historic First Ave was named the best street in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners.  Each year during the Christmas holidays, this same street is lit up and decorated with Christmas decoration, making it a very popular street for site seekers looking to take part in the festivity. 

Ladysmith was founded in 1898 by James Dunsmuir, a year after he built shipping wharves for loading coal at Oyster Harbour, now known as Ladysmith Harbour.  Ladysmith was renamed by Dunsmuir in 1900 in honor of the British lifting the siege of Ladysmith in South Africa during the Second Boer War.  The Town of Ladysmith was then incorporated on June 3, 1904.

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