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Under the Local Government Act, a local government can create a Community Heritage Register of historic places that have heritage value or heritage character. This enables the local government to understand and identify the significance of a community’s historic places, to monitor heritage properties for proposed changes, and to integrate heritage conservation activities into other land use planning processes. The creation of a Community Heritage Register, in accordance with section 954 of the Local Government Act, ensures the inclusion of a community’s historic places on the British Columbia Register of Historic Places (BCRHP), the official provincial listing of historic places that have been formally recognized for their heritage value by the provincial or local governments. Listings on the BCRHP may also be included on the Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP).
Published in 1990, the Heritage Inventory tells the story of Ladysmith’s history through its heritage buildings and places. The Ladysmith Heritage Inventory is available for sale through the Ladysmith & District Historical Society at 250.245.0100; Unit B, 1115 First Avenue (below Tim Hortons), Box 813, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1A6
The “Heritage Walk I: Artifacts” brochure highlights Ladysmith’s history of coal mining, forestry, rail and marine industry. The walk links our living heritage downtown to the working waterfront and Transfer Beach Park.
The “Heritage Walk II: Buildings” brochure highlights Ladysmith’s iconic streetscape that was created virtually overnight, with many buildings transported from Nanaimo at the turn of the last century. This diverse group of heritage structures is a vibrant legacy and source of community pride.
The brochures are available at the Visitor Centre and City Hall, and provide great walking tours around the Town.