This sunny seaside town faces the morning sun from a steep slope overlooking dramatic ocean landscapes. Although it's only 19km to the south of Nanaimo, it still feels isolated and a bit ... frozen in time. A lot of the history has been kept on display here.

People are moving to Ladysmith for its affordability and its beauty. Homes with ocean views are typical, and there are endless mountains to play in behind the town.

There is a lot of room for new homes, if the town is willing to expand outside the boundaries that have been largely intact for its 115 years.

Homes for Sale in Ladysmith

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10835 Chemainus Rd, Ladysmith

$769,000

10835 Chemainus Rd, Ladysmith

2 Beds 1 Bath 867 SqFt 31,799 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960565

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Dun)

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827 Cameron Way, Ladysmith

$749,000

827 Cameron Way, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,754 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 961073

RE/MAX Island Properties

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11780 Fairtide Rd, Ladysmith

$2,599,000

11780 Fairtide Rd, Ladysmith

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,221 SqFt 83,636 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 961085

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

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1129a 2nd Ave 2, Ladysmith

$485,000

1129a 2nd Ave 2, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,449 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 961030

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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3449 Hallberg Dr 58, Ladysmith

$130,000

3449 Hallberg Dr 58, Ladysmith

2 Beds 1 Bath 694 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 960963

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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226 Buller St, Ladysmith

$699,900

226 Buller St, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,787 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960832

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Dun)

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273 Bayview Ave, Ladysmith

$259,900

273 Bayview Ave, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 960864

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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408 Walker Ave, Ladysmith

$659,900

408 Walker Ave, Ladysmith

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,892 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960884

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
1150 Walkem Rd 46, Ladysmith

$649,500

1150 Walkem Rd 46, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,036 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 960824

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
Pcl A Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

$589,000

Pcl A Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 26,572 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 960803

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
283 Dogwood Dr, Ladysmith

$889,900

283 Dogwood Dr, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,915 SqFt 10,890 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960820

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Dun)

New
3259 Hallberg Rd, Ladysmith

$1,350,000

3259 Hallberg Rd, Ladysmith

4 Beds 5 Baths 1,824 SqFt 87,120 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957119

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

Photo showing the historic streetscape of Ladysmith, BC, with mountains shown behind

Ladysmith Origins

This area was called Oyster Harbour in 1900, and it was the farthest point from Ladysmith, South Africa, where the British were besieged by the Boers.

Here in British Columbia, James Dunsmuir was packing up the coal operations and miners' homes in Wellington (now part of North Nanaimo) and moving them by rail to two new locations:

  • Extension - where more mines were being sunk
  • Oyster Harbour - where the coal was to be shipped

Dunsmuir renamed Oyster Harbour as Ladysmith, in recognition of the siege lifting in South Africa.

Transfer Beach Park from the water