2020 Calendar of Events

We are listing some of the main events in town for 2019 that businesses can plan for and around.


  • 16th @ 5:30 pm: Membership meeting @ Fox & Hounds


  • 20th: Membership meeting


  • 19th @ 5:30 pm: AGM


  • No membership meeting


  • No membership meeting


  • 25th: AGM


  • 16th: Membership meeting


  • No membership meeting
  • 22nd: Light up the Night
  • 23rd: Arts on the Avenue


  • 17th: Membership meeting


  • 15th: Membership meeting

November (no membership meeting)

  • 26th: Light Up kicks off Festival of Lights

December (no membership meeting)

  • 4th @ 5pm: Old Time Christmas
  • 11th: Friday Late Night Shopping I
  • 18th: Friday Late Night Shopping II

Internet Performance Test

Economic Development Cowichan is embarking on a project to better understand the state of internet connectivity in Cowichan, so that we can create a strategy to meet the connectivity needs of the region long into the future. With more and more essential services and business and community activities moving online since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits that connectivity has to offer.


Today, we are introducing the Internet Performance Test (IPT), a tool that will help us monitor internet speed and quality across the region. Armed with this information, we will seek to identify areas of concern and unlock funding sources to improve connectivity in those areas. In order to build the most complete picture of the current state of internet connectivity in Cowichan, we need as many people as possible to perform internet speed tests from their home and/or workplace. I encourage you all to take the test!

We are also looking for your help to spread the word. Please share the attached news release with your followers, subscribers, colleagues, friends, family and neighbours. You may also share our social media posts here:

Visit www.ecdevcowichan.com/connect/

With your help, we can work towards a connected Cowichan where everyone has access to reliable, affordable high speed internet. Thank you!


Brittany Taylor
Economic Development Analyst, Economic Development Cowichan
Land Use Services Department
Cowichan Valley Regional District
135 Third Street, Duncan, BC  V9L 1R9
Email: brittany [dot] taylor [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca
Tel: 250.746.7880 / Toll Free: 1.866.746.2508 / Cell: 250.510.0958

Sidewalk Sale – Aug 22

The LDBA Executive held a meeting on July 7th to discuss how the summer is unfolding. On Saturday, August 22nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Sidewalk Sale is happening!

Register by August 1st.

Sidewalk Sale 2021

The Arts Council of Ladysmith will be hosting a Ladysmith Art Market on that day as well and the road from Robert Street to Gatacre on First Ave will be closed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. About 25 artists will be joining this smaller market under 10 x 10 tents and following COVID rules of the day. The Gallery has hired several buskers that will play during the day. This event is smaller than Arts on the Avenue but will attract eager shoppers downtown.

We are asking all stores be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and that cafés let us know your hours so we can direct hungry shoppers in your direction. Please mail Andrea and let her know you are participating: boulevardcvi [at] shaw [dot] ca by August 1st.

If you feel you would like to support The Arts Council with a donation, please feel free to do this by August 1st. Make cheques out to:

Arts Council of Ladysmith
Box 2370
Ladysmith B.C. V9G 1B8

We are sure they will appreciate your support.

Advertising will appear in the Chronicle, Chemainus Courier, Facebook and posters. We will work with the Arts Council to advertise both events. This Shop Local event will be a nice fit for the end of August and our economic recovery.

We also discussed Old Time Christmas and we have started planning that wonderful event now. Things will have changed but many will be the same. We all know it’s been difficult to plan events with COVID.


If your business has tenants please let them know as well.


Open on Sundays

Look Who’s Open on Sundays

Shopping and dining locally is still important!

  • 49th Grocery
  • Old Town Ice Cream
  • Wild Poppy Market (GF)
  • Ironworks Cafe & Creperie
  • Share Kare
  • Antique Addict
  • Pharmasave
  • Neck of the Woods
  • In The BeanTime Cafe – Bistro
  • Oyster Bay Cafe – Bistro
  • Worldly Gourmet
  • Fox and Hounds Restaurant (British)
  • Plantitude (Vegetarian)
  • Bouma Meats
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Downtown Washroom is Open

The Downtown Public Washroom is officially open! A huge thank you to Ladysmith Kinsmen and all the people involved in making this possible.

Downtown washroom

  • David Stalker Excavating
  • Fortis BC
  • FMI
  • Ladysmith & District Credit Union
  • Mike Richardson Construction
  • CE Spray Foam
  • Spyder Graphix
  • Wiersma Masonry Ltd.
  • AYPQ Architecture
  • Mosaic Forest Management
  • Eagles Aerie 2101
  • Heart Lake Roofing
  • Cedar Grove Roofing Supply
  • Ladysmith Chronicle
  • Rotary Club of Ladysmith
  • Ladysmith Lions Club
  • Home Hardware Ladysmith
  • Sawmill Direct
  • Lewkowich Engineering Assoc. Ltd.
  • Wolseley
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Goodman Plumbing
  • Ladysmith Downtown Business Association
  • Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
  • 49th Parallel Printers
  • Carmen, Liam & Josh
  • Umbrella Welding
  • Ladysmith Maritime Society
  • Gord Carlson
  • Bedrock Concrete
  • Howie Davis

Downtown washroom

Downtown washroom

Read more on the Kinsmen’s website »

New Small Capital Program Set to Drive Vitality into Downtown Areas

Support for new, innovative and concept driven projects across Island and Coastal communities


COURTENAY, 25 May 2021 – A new program launched by the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), will help stimulate and promote vitality in downtowns, Main Streets and business districts across the region. The program will enable applicants to access one-stop funding support, thanks to a joint partnership with Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) and the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region (managed by Destination BC).


The new THRIVE Small Capital Program can contribute up to 100% of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for small scale capital projects that bolster short to medium-term renewal of downtown or commercial area vitality. Funding will focus on new, innovative, concept-driven initiatives that foster increased commercial activity, visitor attraction and resident engagement.

“This past year has forced a rethink, within our communities, of our traditional business models and community planning approaches,” says ICET Board Chair Aaron Stone. “The new THRIVE program is a timely response to the growing need for proactive, collaborative and innovative ways to reinvigorate and sustain our communities’ energy.”

Successful THRIVE projects must create new outdoor public amenities or areas that contribute to increased business district vitality, visitor attraction, resident engagement and quality of life. The program will provide an opportunity for tourism, arts, business and local government to collaborate and innovate together. Projects that provide broad public benefits, foster inclusivity and accessibility, and leverage unique community strengths, assets, history or culture will be prioritized.

“It is exciting to see one of the five projects on Vancouver Island funded by the $2.3 million Targeted Regional Tourism Initiative move ahead immediately. We gratefully acknowledge the Province for this funding,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver Island. “We know a flourishing community in which to live is also an attractive destination to visit, so the THRIVE Small Capital Program will benefit both residents and visitors as we work to achieve long-term recovery for the tourism industry in the Vancouver Island region.”

The ICET THRIVE program is open to local governments, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations located in the ICET service area. Applicants from other areas of the Capital Regional District may be eligible for TVI funding up to $25,000 (to a maximum of 50% of project costs), subject to a program referral by Tourism Vancouver Island.

“We are excited to support the THRIVE program, which will directly support renewal of downtown and commercial area vitality for Sunshine Coast communities,” says Jody Young, Manager, Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region at Destination BC. “Downtowns are the heart of communities, providing energizing spaces for residents and visitors to gather. The pandemic has forced a rethink of our downtown areas, and this program will quickly bring to life projects that foster essential community connectivity. Supporting this program also helps achieve goals identified in the Sunshine Coast Destination Development Strategy.”

The first application intake opens on May 25th and will close on July 9th. The second application intake will run from July 19th to September 17th. For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please visit the THRIVE Small Capital Program section of our website.

All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a 30-minute Zoom information session prior to submitting an application. Pre-register for one of the following meeting dates:

Funding for this program is provided in partnership with Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) and the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region, managed by Destination BC (DBC) as part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan.

For further information:
Amanda Fortier, Communications Officer
Island Coastal Economic Trust
Tel. 250-871-7797 *232

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