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Sonic the Movie – Open for Business!

You may have noticed a makeover in town, turning Ladysmith into “Green Hills, Montana”. Ladysmith is open for business!

Paramount Pictures is budgeting upwards of $7 million for this film shoot that will set a computer-generated hedgehog with supersonic speed loose on the streets of Ladysmith.

The animation/live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie brings the video game icon created by Sega in the early 90s to the big screen and is anticipated to be in theatres in November 2019.

“We searched all over B.C. and have chosen Ladysmith as our hero town for our movie,” said Abraham Fraser, the location manager for the film.

Filming will be taking place along First Avenue, between Roberts Street and Gatacre Street.

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Here is the schedule:

Here are the road closures times:

Morning Membership Meeting – Sept 20

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).

The next meeting on Thursday, September 20th, at 7:30 am. Please join us to learn from a panel of experts on what it takes to keep you and your business safe:

  • Ken Brissard: Staff Sergeant for Ladsymith RCMP
  • Chad McGillivary: Emergency Preparedness
  • Sam Day: Network Architect Information Systems at Island Savings

Please join us for coffee and muffins.

Waterfront Art Gallery

Biz Buzz 2018 – Sept 28

Join the Chamber for the 2nd Annual Biz Buzz Symposium + Expo featuring an exciting line up of Speakers and terrific networking opportunities.

This year, the event will be held at Aggie Hall and will run from 10:30 am until 6:30 pm.  There will be an added element for marketing opportunities with a Business to Business Trade Show offering a limited number of display booths.

The LDBA will have a booth – if you would like to display discount coupon, brochures etc., please drop your info to Salamander Books and we will pick up and display.

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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


  • No morning membership meeting
  • 19th @ 5:00 pm: Social mixer @ Crossfit on 1st Avenue


  • No membership meeting


  • 20th @ 7:30 am: Membership meeting @ Waterfront Art Gallery
  • 28th: Biz Buzz @ Aggie Hall


  • 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

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.