Category Archives: Events

Morning Membership Meeting – Mar 15

We usually meet at the Waterfront Art Gallery for our membership meetings. Entry is on the front of the building, go upstairs (turn right and come through to office if we are not in the gallery on the left).

As we had the AGM in February, the next meeting is Thursday, March 15th, at 7:30 am. Amy Melmock of Economic Development Cowichan will be our guest.

Please join us for coffee and muffins.

Waterfront Art Gallery

Ladysmith Hill Dash 2018 – Jun 16

Hill Dash runner

Coming to Ladysmith on Saturday, June 16th.

Welcome to Ladysmith’s Hill Dash! The Hill Dash is a unique running relay event that will put your physical and mental limits to the test as you sprint up Ladysmith’s High Street.

Relay team members are required to run/walk/crawl up High St from 1st to 3rd Avenue and then roll a ball down the hill to the next team member that will be waiting on 1st Avenue. First team of 4 to conquer the hill and roll the ball down across the finish line wins! This promises to be a great running event that will challenge the quads, calves and mind. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association (LRCA).

All participants over age 19 also get a ball for a chance to win $500 in the “Running of the Balls” event, immediately after the Hill Dash, also on High Street.

What are you waiting for? Put together a team of 4 to compete in Ladysmith’s 2018 Hill Dash today. We look forward to seeing you at the start line.

Divisions this year include the usual female, male, and co-ed. We have added a family division this year. Teams in the fun family division must have 2 runners over 19 years old and 2 runners aged 13 or younger – gender is not specific. Kids aged 6 and under have a chance to run the “kid” hill for free following the last race.

  • Registration opens @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Races start @ 11 a.m. (Female, Male, Co-ed and Family)
  • Kids Dash @ 12 p.m.
  • Running of the Balls will commence immediately after the event @ ~12:30 p.m.
  • Riot Brewery Beer Garden runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Spirit Square (LRCA). All ages are welcome. ID required for beer.

WHERE: Corner of High Street and 1st Avenue


  • $60/team (Female, Male, Co-Ed and Family)
  • KidsDash FREE (sign up day of event)

In-Person Registration

In person registration at Active Solutions Health + Sport (Unit A – 341 1st Avenue, Ladysmith OR Frank Jameson Centre Location). Registration closes 4 p.m. on June 14th at both locations.

Online Registration »

Registration online is open as of February 15th, 2018, and closes on June 14th at 11:59:59.

We are always looking for volunteers. Please email ladysmithhilldash [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Fee Notes

  1. Registration will close at 11:59:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 14th, 2018
  2. There is a processing fee applied to all online registrations. If you are registering in person then we appreciate payment in cash or cheque (to “Ladysmith Downtown Business Association”)
  3. Payable in Canadian funds

What You Get

  • Bragging rights as participant in Ladysmith’s Hill Dash
  • Chance to don the sweet Hill Dash medal
  • A comprehensive safety and medical team
  • A post-race refreshment courtesy of Riot Brewery (19 years and old) and A & W (Root Beer for under 19 years old)
  • Food BBQ burgers (vegetarian option available) served by Ladysmith Kinsmen Club
  • Access to John Surtees Real Estate Professional KidsZone
  • Professional race photography
  • Chance to win draw prizes from local Ladysmith downtown businesses
  • Chance to win $500 in “Running of the Balls”

Cancellation Policy

  1. If you have a team member that cannot race due to medical reasons (a doctor’s letter is required), then we appreciate if you can find a spare runner to substitute for that team member. We will make the change of team members at registration prior to the race.
  2. Team cancellations can occur up to one WEEK prior to the event registration deadline (by June 23rd at 6 p.m.). A 50% refund will be granted to the team in this case. Please email us at ladysmithhilldash [at] gmail [dot] com if you have to cancel.
  3. In the event that the race is cancelled due to fire, floods, or other acts of God, the race will be rescheduled and all entries will be transferred to that date. Under no circumstances, will refunds be given or a credit given to another race.


Rich Huggins at Active Solutions Health & Sport: 250-924-4444

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2018 Calendar of Events

We are listing some of the main events in town for 2018 that businesses can plan for and around.


  • 18th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery


  • 15th @ 5:30 pm: AGM @ Fox and Hounds


  • 15th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery


  • 19th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery



  • 21st @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery
  • 24th: Hill Dash & Running of the Balls


  • 19th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery (may be cancelled)


  • 16th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery (may be cancelled)


  • 20th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery


  • 18th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery


  • 15th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery
  • 29th: Light Up kicks off 31st Festival of Lights

December (no membership meeting)

  • 7th: Old Time Christmas (TBC)
  • 14th: Friday Late Night Shopping
  • 21st: Friday Late Night Shopping

Grand Christmas 2017

The Ladysmith Downtown Business Association picked the winners of several gift certificates to be spent locally.

Shaun Kuyten was the winner of $500 and Bernadette Taylor won the $300 prize. Arlene Hobson and Patti Hieb each won $100 in gift certificates as well.

Several other prizes of $25 were also awarded.

Old Time Christmas takes place every December and features horse and carriage rides, late night shopping, candle making, and s’mores.

“It is a team effort that is targeted to helping our local retailers have a successful retail season. It is simple, fun and this year we had more entries than we have ever had,” said LDBA president Andrea Rosato-Taylor. “We love the fact that we have a diverse retail base that lets our community shop locally.”

The Ladysmith & District Credit Union and the Town of Ladysmith were presenting sponsors and the Ladysmith Chronicle also donated space for advertising.

Old Time Christmas 2018

Image courtesy of Michael Dean.

Thank you to everyone who made Old Time Christmas 2017 a success! The next one is December 7th, 2018.

2017 Report

Many stores opened late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 8th then Friday late night shopping on the 15th and 22nd!

2017 OTC map

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Search for all the elves hidden in downtown Ladysmith stores at Old Time Christmas. There will also be horse and carriage rides, carolling, ‘smores at a firepit, candle lantern workshop, Santa visits, a live nativity, and child minding and crafts.

Elf on the Shelf

We look forward to having you!

For Businesses

For this year’s event, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks. Please let us know if you can help – we’d love to hear from you!

We are looking for sponsors to help cover some of our costs, including coordination, horse and carriage buggies, supplies, marketing, insurance and other incidentals.  Any sponsor will be promoted on our marketing material. If you would be willing to help us put this event on by sponsoring, please contact Tamara.

The Event Coordinator is Tamara Stone of Left Coast Fashions. You can contact her via email.

No dogs allowed on First Avenue during events per Town of Ladysmith Bylaw 1155.  Coastal Animal Control will be in attendance during this event.

What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the “Old Time Christmas” is to host a community event that is family friendly. To encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And to visit their local businesses and “shop local” during the busy Christmas season as well as highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region.

What does the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association do?

We promote the event through local advertising, our website, eNewsletter and Facebook page, posters, as well as print a promotional map of all the locations where events are happening and distribute them through schools and town. There will be a horse and carriage ride by donation, child minding provided by Oceanview Church, visits with Santa in his house, choirs singing, a nativity scene, a candlelight workshop, and the Elf on a Shelf campaign.

What can you do as  a Business?

We encourage businesses to host an event. In the past there has been popcorn given away, hot chocolate stations, crafts, in-store specials and so much more. Be creative… what can you do that will bring in people and expose them to your business at the same time? Give them a reason to come back! Please put your thinking caps on now.

This is open to all downtown businesses, with the exception of the Elf on a Shelf campaign. We would appreciate your membership as it would allow us to do more events like this. Please consider joining the LDBA, you can join online.

Elf on a Shelf (member-only benefit) is a treasure hunt! We provide you with an elf for your shelf and community members come in to find it. This year we will be placing a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf in this business” on your doors, to make it easier for elf hunters to know which businesses are participating. The LDBA no longer provides candy to members for the Elf on the Shelf; members need to buy their own treats or stickers to hand out, if they wish.

The Elf on a Shelf campaign is an opportunity to showcase your business to the community – perhaps to people who haven’t been in your business before.

We are also asking business to stay open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays, December 15th & 22nd. If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop. Sign up for late night shopping with Tamara and be included in our marketing.

Ladysmith’s Historic First Avenue Wins National Great Street Title

Ladysmith’s First Avenue wins national Great Places in Canada contest – Great Street!

First Avenue

Ladysmith, November 8, 2017 – Ladysmith’s beautiful and historic First Avenue has been selected by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) as Canada’s 2017 Great Street. The award was decided by a jury of certified planning professionals during the Great Places in Canada contest. CIP’s review of 17 submissions from across Canada was based on a set of criteria of planning best practices that considered social, economic, and accessibility and safety factors, and elements such as design, culture, history, and landscape.

Jury Statement

First Avenue exhibits all of the qualities one would expect from a great street: visually-interesting building facades, generous sidewalks, attractive landscaping and artistic details, places to rest, and places to gather.

This street, with its diverse mixture of local businesses, housing and services, has been a focal point of daily life for community members for more than a century.  Streetscape enhancements, heritage preservation, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the many unique and publicly accessible festivals and events held throughout the year, are key ingredients to First Avenue’s success as a Great Street.

The jury acknowledges the community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of Ladysmith’s downtown core.

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First Avenue

“We are absolutely thrilled the Canadian Institute of Planners has chosen First Avenue as Canada’s Great Street. This is an incredible honour for our community and showcases the pivotal role First Avenue has played in helping to shape Ladysmith’s identity as a charming, diverse and vibrant west coast community,” said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone.

First Avenue

Great Places in Canada contest winners were announced on World Town Planning Day, an internationally celebrated day that recognizes the accomplishments of professional planners and their contributions to communities. Other British Columbia winning communities included Coquitlam, which was awarded Great Public Space for its Town Centre Park, and Main Street in Smithers, which received the People’s Choice: Great Street.

First Avenue

“The last time a B.C. community received the Canada’s Great Street honour was back in 2011. Winning this award for 2017 truly acknowledges our community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of downtown Ladysmith and highlights the significance of this exceptional street and its importance to our community,” said Guillermo Ferrero, Town of Ladysmith City Manager.