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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635 Alderwood Dr, Ladysmith

$459,000

635 Alderwood Dr, Ladysmith

2 Beds 1 Bath 924 SqFt 5,663 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908734

Newport Realty Ltd.

New
4208 Solmie Rd, Ladysmith

$1,399,000

4208 Solmie Rd, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 3,469 SqFt 21,780 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908753

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
3806 South Oyster School Rd, Ladysmith

$699,900

3806 South Oyster School Rd, Ladysmith

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,064 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908454

eXp Realty

New
847 Cameron Way, Ladysmith

$899,000

847 Cameron Way, Ladysmith

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,500 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908733

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
1244 4th Ave 209, Ladysmith

$509,900

1244 4th Ave 209, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,150 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 908665

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

New
341 Chemainus Rd, Ladysmith

$1,699,000

341 Chemainus Rd, Ladysmith

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,675 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908600

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
13335 Doole Rd, Ladysmith

$1,499,500

13335 Doole Rd, Ladysmith

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,763 SqFt 263,103 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908330

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

New
441 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

$448,800

441 Thetis Dr, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 21,345 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 908418

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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4712 Shell Beach Rd, Ladysmith

$1,749,999

4712 Shell Beach Rd, Ladysmith

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,711 SqFt 27,443 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908300

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
5118-5120 Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

$3,680,000

5118-5120 Brenton Page Rd, Ladysmith

5 Beds 4 Baths 6,842 SqFt 138,521 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908297

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

New
112 Bertram Pl, Ladysmith

$699,900

112 Bertram Pl, Ladysmith

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,987 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908216

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
B-419 Walker Ave, Ladysmith

$799,900

B-419 Walker Ave, Ladysmith

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,194 SqFt 11,762 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907684

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Dunc)

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