How to get to Ladysmith
Driving to Ladysmith
Take Trans Canada Highway 1, the Island’s main transportation route. It leads directly to Ladysmith. You can drive north from Victoria in about 70 leisurely minutes along a scenic route. The drive south from Nanaimo takes about 20 minutes. DriveBC’s webcam shows you current highway conditions.
Private firms offer shuttle and bus service from Victoria and Nanaimo.
Flying into Ladysmith
Nanaimo Airport sits just 10 minutes north of Ladysmith. Air Canada and WestJet provide connecting flights through Vancouver, Calgary and (seasonally) Toronto. So you can leave your home wherever it may be and arrive here the same day. Connecting flights from Vancouver Airport to Nanaimo take about 20 minutes.
You can also choose a 15-minute seaplane flight from Vancouver. Seaplanes land in either downtown Nanaimo (20 minutes away) or downtown Victoria. Helicopter service runs from Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo and Victoria.
Travelling by Ferry or Boat
BC Ferries runs frequent daily sailings between Vancouver and Nanaimo, and Vancouver and Victoria. Ships carrying cars and passengers sail from early in the morning until late at night. We recommend reserving a spot for your vehicle during the busy summer season.
Using your own boat to get here? The non-profit Ladysmith Community Marina and several private operators rent temporary moorage.
If you’re travelling from the U.S., ferries sail between Washington state and Victoria. You then can drive or bus to Ladysmith.