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Why Ladysmith?

Get the Ladysmith business advantage.  Ladysmith offers your business many strategic and competitive advantages in mid-Vancouver Island. Compare us with other markets. You’ll see why entrepreneurs and investors choose to work, live and play here.



You’ll be based between the two largest cities on Vancouver Island

You can serve markets in Victoria and Nanaimo (not to mention Vancouver too) from here.

You’ll have access to major transportation centres

Getting here is easy and so is shipping. We straddle the Island Highway and you’re only minutes from ferries and the Island’s second-busiest airport.

You’ll serve the third fastest growing municipality of its size in B.C.

An expanding market creates new opportunities for you.

You can hire a well-educated workforce

More than 60% of Ladysmith’s population aged 25-64 years has a post-secondary diploma, degree or certificate.

Your housing will be a bargain

Your family and your staff can afford to buy or rent here with lots of budget left over.

You’ll live the West Coast lifestyle.

Our seaside community offers small town charm, amenities, heritage and activities. You and your family will love. Living in Ladysmith is an important factor in attracting and retaining staff too.

You have plenty of available land and buildings to choose from.

Your options include two industrial parks, prime waterfront and heritage buildings. Our downtown First Avenue has been named one of Canada’s Great Streets.

What Business Owners Say

“It was an easy choice to open our business in Ladysmith as it's only minutes from home and we’ve met so many people that we really feel part of the community. Ladysmith has so much to offer to both locals and tourists alike that it's a wonderful place to have a business!”

Antique Addict owners Paul Joy and Cathy Goldie

Yes, we had the plan, the vision, the determination and the know-how. Yes, we understood the risks of building a “metro store” in a small community. However, the acceptance and support of the beautiful people of Ladysmith of all ages, the town of Ladysmith, the heritage council, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association … we would not have come this far without them.

The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store owners Kamal and Therese Saab

Ladysmith has a great community spirit. There are so many events that go on here that bring people together. It’s friendly, central to the Island’s amenities such as ferries, airports and major cities, and just a beautiful location in general. The town is progressive and growing. I live, shop, work and play here.

Pharmasave Ladysmith owners Steve Robinson, Steve Wilkinson and Satnam Lalli

We always wanted to be our own boss and our own business. Ladysmith provided a perfect fit for our family situation … as well as opportunities for growth and involvement in the community.

49th Parallel Grocery owners Wayne and Hrmina Richmond

We wanted to create a business that would help support the extensive art community in Ladysmith. Ladysmith is a town of people who care about their community. They invest in it by being a part of it through volunteering for all the different events and organizations. It is a safe, happy place to be.

Bayview Framing owners Wanda and Bruce Whittington