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Nestled on the eastern shores of spectacular Vancouver Island, the Town of Ladysmith features all the warmth and charm of small town living with a full range of services and amenities.
Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture is bursting with recreational activities and fun-filled events for all ages! The Department is committed to enhancing the health & quality of life of the community through accessible programs, services, facilities and open spaces.
The Town is committed to sustainable vision for our community as we work to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We were the first BC community to introduce curbside pick-up for household organic waste and continue to advance projects that help to protect and conserve our environment.
The Town along with our partners is promoting a business-friendly culture in Ladysmith that supports economic development and job creation.
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During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town is carrying on with business as usual while strictly following all guidelines and orders of the federal and provincial health officers. Our facilities are open to the public, and all staff are working to serve you.
Discover the Parks, Recreation and Culture department's programs and classes in the latest Activity Guide. We offer a full range of recreation, education and art programs for all ages and abilities. Explore the Guide and register today.
Ladysmith is a charming small town with a thriving economy, vibrant downtown and picturesque waterfront, whose welcoming neighbourhoods reflect the quality of our citizens.
Ladysmith, October 24, 2017 - The Town of Ladysmith is taking strong steps to address the serious issue of derelict and abandoned boats in the Ladysmith Harbour by applying to receive funding for the assessment and removal of derelict vessels through Transport Canada's Abandoned Boats Program. The federal program provides grant and contribution funding to assist in the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters.
In conjunction with the funding proposal, the Town has issued a public notice to take possession and remove vessels under section 20 of the federal Navigation Protection Act. The public notice outlines the Town's plans to remove nine abandoned and wrecked boats from Ladysmith-area waters, unless the owners move the vessels from their current locations to an authorized area.
"Derelict and abandoned vessels present a grave threat to our harbour - their removal remains a priority for the Town," said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone. "In addition to being unsightly, derelict boats leach a variety of environmental toxins into the water, create serious navigational hazards, and adversely affect the environment, public safety and local economies, including that of our Stz'uminus First Nation partners, who rely on a 150,000 pound annual oyster license in the Ladysmith Harbour."
Mayor Stone added that this is an important first step, but there is still much work to do to clean up derelict and abandoned vessels in the harbour.
The list of derelict vessels includes:
Another abandoned vessel, the Viki Lyne II, was previously removed from the Ladysmith Harbour in October 2016 in response to significant community pressure and growing concern about the environmental threat it posed.
Updates and additional information will be found on our website.
The Waterfront Area Plan provides the overall vision, goals, objectives and policies for the parks and open space, ecological management and future land use. We are making progress together with Stz'uminus First Nation and our community partners towards achieving our vision for a shared waterfront.
The Town of Ladysmith's 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is a progressive vision set by Council for improving the lives of residents in a thriving town, and provides clear direction and focus for Council and staff over the current term.
Council is proud to serve the over 9,000 residents who call the Town of Ladysmith home. Mayor and Council meet regularly as both Council and the Committee of the Whole. As part of their duties as elected officials, members of Council also serve on various boards and committees, including: the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Vancouver Island Regional Library Board, Community Planning Advisory Committee, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Youth Advisory Committee, and several more.