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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348 Morgan Rd, Ladysmith

$569,000

348 Morgan Rd, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 47,045 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 919788

RE/MAX Generation (LD)

New
1736 Timberlands Rd 130, Ladysmith

$247,000

1736 Timberlands Rd 130, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,167 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 918748

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

New
626 Farrell Rd 4, Ladysmith

$1,199,900

626 Farrell Rd 4, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,879 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 919602

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

New
113 Burns Pl, Ladysmith

$865,000

113 Burns Pl, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,844 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919598

eXp Realty

New
606 Farrell Rd 1, Ladysmith

$624,900

606 Farrell Rd 1, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,337 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919601

460 Realty Inc. (LD)

New
432 Davis Rd, Ladysmith

$649,000

432 Davis Rd, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,400 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919265

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Dun)

4873/4875 Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

$1,595,000

4873/4875 Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,578 SqFt 47,045 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919411

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

332 Belaire St 10, Ladysmith

$589,900

332 Belaire St 10, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,020 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 918035

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

245 Oyster Cove 37, Ladysmith

$1,888,000

245 Oyster Cove 37, Ladysmith

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,034 SqFt 4,792 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919275

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

771 Colonia Dr, Ladysmith

$799,900

771 Colonia Dr, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,437 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919031

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

625 Alderwood Dr, Ladysmith

$550,000

625 Alderwood Dr, Ladysmith

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,066 SqFt 5,663 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919211

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

510 Ballou Pl, Ladysmith

$799,000

510 Ballou Pl, Ladysmith

5 Beds 4 Baths 2,126 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919098

RE/MAX Generation (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