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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Lot B Cook St, Ladysmith

$1,200,000

Lot B Cook St, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 43,560 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 888325

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

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218 Bayview Ave 402, Ladysmith

$284,800

218 Bayview Ave 402, Ladysmith

2 Beds 1 Bath 857 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 888239

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

1181 Stillin Dr, Ladysmith

$649,900

1181 Stillin Dr, Ladysmith

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,894 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 888049

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

320 High St, Ladysmith

$430,000

320 High St, Ladysmith

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,610 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 888029

eXp Realty

626 Farrell Rd 25, Ladysmith

$829,900

↑ $30,000

626 Farrell Rd 25, Ladysmith

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,147 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 887458

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Ladysmith

4731 Shell Beach Rd, Ladysmith

$1,100,000

4731 Shell Beach Rd, Ladysmith

3 Beds 1 Bath 2,644 SqFt 94,961 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 887293

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

3449 Hallberg Rd 16, Ladysmith

$159,900

↓ $10,000

3449 Hallberg Rd 16, Ladysmith

2 Beds 1 Bath 893 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 886639

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

Lot 13 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

$299,000

Lot 13 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887140

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Lot 7 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

$299,000

Lot 7 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 6,970 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887139

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Lot 4 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

$299,000

Lot 4 Rozanno Way, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 3,921 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887138

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Lot 4 Cook St, Ladysmith

$309,000

Lot 4 Cook St, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887123

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Lot 6 Cook St, Ladysmith

$309,000

Lot 6 Cook St, Ladysmith

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887122

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe 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