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Key Investment Zones

Business-friendly Ladysmith has four major zones for commercial and industrial investment. Each zone has unique benefits for business owners and investors. You can learn more about them using the Ladysmith Heritage Trails & Opportunities app
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Waterfront Investment Zone

Opportunities: marine, tourism, retail, food, art-related and outdoors recreation services.

Our award-winning Waterfront Area Plan aims to develop a thriving Arts and Heritage Hub. It will include cultural and recreational amenities to represent both Stz’uminus First Nation and Ladysmith cultures.

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Nanaimo Airport Investment Zone

Opportunities: aviation and aerospace, retail and food services, import/export.

The airport is 10 minutes from Ladysmith by highway. It has prime vacant land for development as well as retail leasing opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of passengers pass through its gate each year. The airport sits in the centre of the Vancouver Island Foreign Trade Zone, which supports import and export

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Oyster Bay Investment Zone

Opportunities: grocers, professional services, assisted living, residential units, main and second floor offices and retail space, restaurants, self-storage and auto-use buildings.

Oyster Bay village is a 65-acre master-planned community located on Stz’uminus First Nation's reserve, just three minutes north of Ladysmith. The shopping centre with the new 81-room Microtel by Wyndham hotel form the heart of Oyster Bay Village. By 2030, the development will be home to over 1,600 residents. The development is overseen by Coast Salish Group, the economic development agency of the Stz'uminus First Nation.

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Downtown Ladysmith Investment Zone

Opportunities: professional and knowledge businesses, retail and food services.

It has a distinct character and is home to one of Canada’s Great Streets, First Avenue. You’ll find commercial buildings of up to three storeys in varying styles. They date back to the early 1900s. The downtown extends eight blocks from Symonds Street to Baden-Powell Street, and two blocks from Esplanade Avenue to Second Avenue.