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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541 Jim Cram Dr 40, Ladysmith

$410,000

541 Jim Cram Dr 40, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,580 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 892545

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119 Rollie Rose Dr, Ladysmith

$899,900

119 Rollie Rose Dr, Ladysmith

5 Beds 4 Baths 2,914 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 892414

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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658 Alderwood Dr 5, Ladysmith

$339,900

658 Alderwood Dr 5, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 930 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 892323

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

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305 Dogwood Dr B, Ladysmith

$649,000

305 Dogwood Dr B, Ladysmith

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,151 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 892247

eXp Realty

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16 High St F, Ladysmith

$369,900

16 High St F, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,060 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 892149

460 Realty Inc. (LD)

434 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

$299,900

434 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 892051

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

317 Gatacre St, Ladysmith

$569,900

317 Gatacre St, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 982 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 891757

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427 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

$345,000

427 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 15,246 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 892013

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586 Greenhorn Pl, Ladysmith

$849,999

586 Greenhorn Pl, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,230 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 891982

eXp Realty

944 Craig Rd, Ladysmith

$949,900

944 Craig Rd, Ladysmith

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,750 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 891930

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

9 White St I, Ladysmith

$489,900

9 White St I, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,520 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 891937

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

407 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

$315,000

407 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 10,890 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 891778

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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