Waterfront Area Plan

A New Plan for our Waterfront

What's Happening?

The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz'uminus First Nation are working in partnership to develop a plan for the Ladysmith Waterfront Area, in the spirit of building our relationship.

For many years, Ladysmith has grappled with how best to further develop the waterfront to maximize community benefit and create a thriving, inviting and exciting place to be.  We have made great strides with Transfer Beach Park and the LMS Community Marina.  We want to do more!  You are invited to join us.  Over the next year, we will be working together to create a new and exciting plan with a strong focus on implementation.

Read more here about the history of this area and its importance today, including information about Stz’uminus First Nation history, the harbour’s industrial past and our future together. 

Interested in more background information?  Check out this library of plans and studies about the Our Waterfront project area and the relationship between Stz’uminus First Nation and Town of Ladysmith.

Join the Conversation!

We are pleased to announce that a draft concept plan for the waterfront area will be presented to the community in July.

Please join your neighbours and friends at this upcoming Public Drop-in Event being held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Aggie Hall between 5pm and 8pm.  Come out and view the draft concept plan, vision and goals and share your comments.  What we hear from you will be used to refine the draft plan.

A second on-line survey will be launched following the July 19th event to capture broad community input on the draft plan.  Stay tuned to this web page and the Town's social media for the link to the on-line survey.  To date there has been over 1100 interactions and members of the communities about this project.  It's your waterfront - have your say!
Waterfront Public Meeting

Below is a snapshot of the overall themes that have emerged from the process to date.


Community Engagement

Waterfront mosaic

Read the results of the various activities in the Community Engagement Summary report.

Design Charrette

Three cheers to the citizen design team for an amazing 3-day charrette on the future of the waterfront!  And, thank you to the many citizens who came afterward to see the emerging ideas created by this dynamic group.  The video below highlights the design charrette event.

In early February an engaging Speakers Night was held at Aggie Hall and attended by 200 community members.  Thank you for joining us for the official launch of the project!  If you were unable to attend the event, the presentations are now available below: (some files are quite large and may take up to a minute to load)

1. Welcome by Mayor Stone and Chief Elliott
2. Introduction by Moderator Jennifer Fix
3. Norm Hotson: Building successful people-places and waterfronts
4. Ouri Scott: Coming Together - Reconciliation, placemaking and an indigenous design perspective
5. Ray Harris: Living in the harbour
6. Closing by Mayor Stone and Chief Elliott

On-line Survey #1

An on-line survey about the future of the waterfront took place from February 1 to 22 and had more than 630 responses.  This is a very high rate of participation and we are very appreciative of your input.  We heard from people of all ages, including residents, business owners, employees and students. 

A few themes have certainly emerged from your input, including a priority for public access to the water’s edge – one of the most commonly referenced ideas for the future is a waterfront boardwalk.  A consultation report has been prepared as part of the project to provide the results to the community. The Town thanks everyone who participated!

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