Ladysmith, British Columbia
official_name = Town of Ladysmith
settlement_type = Town
mapsize = 220px
map_caption = Location of Ladysmith in
dot_x = |dot_y =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = BC
subdivision_type2 = Region
subdivision_type3 = Regional district
subdivision_name3 = Cowichan Valley
leader_title = Governing body
leader_name = Ladysmith Town Council
leader_title1 = Mayor
leader_name1 = Robert Hutchins
established_title2 = Incorporated
established_date2 = 1904
area_total_km2 = 12.18
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 7,538
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
latd= 48|latm= 59|lats= 43|latNS=N
longd= 123|longm= 48|longs= 57|longEW=W
elevation_m = 40
blank_name = Highways
blank_info = 1
website = [http://www.ladysmith.ca/ Town of Ladysmith]
footnotes = Ladysmith is a
townlocated on the 49th parallel on the east coastof Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. The local economy is based on forestry, tourism and agriculture. A hillside location adjacent to a sheltered harbour form the natural characteristics of the community. As of 2006, the populationwas 7,538. The areaof the town was 8.43 square kilometres. Total private dwellings were 2,833. Population densitywas 828.5 people per square kilometre.
Ladysmith is also known for its annual "
Festival of Lights" in which the entire commercial sector and many homes are decorated with strings of colourful lights for six weeks in celebration of Christmas.
Ladysmith is the nearest town to the birthplace of
actress Pamela Anderson.
Ladysmith was founded by
James Dunsmuirabout 1898, a year after he built shipping wharves for loading coal at Oyster Harbour. Dunsmuir, owner of coal mines in the Nanaimoarea, needed a location to house the families of his miners. He chose to build the community at Oyster Harbour, some twenty miles south of his Extension British Columbiamines. Many buildings were moved from Extension and Wellington by rail and by oxen.
British Columbiawas named after Ladysmith, South Africa, which was named after " Juana María de los Dolores de León Smith" also known as "Lady Smith", the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith, the Governor of the Cape Colony. Dunsmuir thought this would be a fitting tribute at the conclusion of the Boer War. In addition to commemorating the end of the war by naming his town after Ladysmith, Dunsmuir also chose to name the streets of the community after generals who fought victoriously in the Boer War. Included in this honour are Generals Buller, Kitchener, Baden-Powell, Methuen and Symonds.
Pamela Andersonis from Ladysmith.
The Town of Ladysmith was incorporated June 3, 1904.
* [http://www.ladysmithfirerescue.com/ Ladysmith Fire/Rescue]
* [http://www.ladysmith.ca/ Town of Ladysmith, BC]
* [http://www.ladysmithhistory.org/ Ladysmith Historicial Society]
* [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/Profil01/Details/details1.cfm?SEARCH=BEGINS&ID=12124&PSGC=59&SGC=5919021&DataType=1&LANG=E&Province=59&PlaceName=ladysmith&CMA=&CSDNAME=Ladysmith&A=&TypeNameE=Town&Prov= Statistics Canada 2001 Community Profile - Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada]
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