Tourism has emerged as a significant economic pillar in Ladysmith due primarily to the community's stunning West Coast location, waterfront recreation, hiking trails and boutique-style shopping experience. This sector will continue to expand significantly as new marina amenities are developed.
Forestry and Wood Products Manufacturing
With a number of mills operating in and near Ladysmith, this is an important activity with a large number of highly skilled residents employed in the sector. Training and educational opportunities already exist to serve new and expanding businesses. Value-added wood products manufacturers are also increasingly present in the community, taking advantage of the proximity to Vancouver Island's forestry operations.
The community's vision for sustainable leadership includes a focus on green industry. This emerging sector includes eco-tourism, green and innovative companies, eco-industrial parks, live-work, green building, buy local and green business leadership.