Ladysmith & District Historical Society



2018 Education Program – Free to School Groups Ladysmith Maritime Society and Ladysmith & District Historical Society are pleased to provide teachers and students with free educational programs and tours that expand understanding of our local heritage. During the month of May and June, we are offering two choices for full day (10 am – 2 pm) educational field trips:

1. Ladysmith Maritime Society Education Program: Harbour Heritage Centre, Maritime Museum, Sea Life Centre & Harbour Boat Tour; or

2. Combination Education Program with Ladysmith & District Historical Society at the Ladysmith Museum and Ladysmith Maritime Society at the Harbour Heritage Centre.

Please go to the Ladysmith Maritime Society website, click on Tours, then Educational Programs to discover the Booking Forms and information about the programs we are offering. You may also go to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society website for the same information.

Depending on teacher’s requests we may focus on local fishing, oyster, coal or forest industries, sea life of the Harbour, heritage boats or Stz’uminus First Nation culture.
A hands-on project with materials provided free of charge is part of each Education Program. We divide the classes into smaller groups, so they are very manageable for our volunteers and fun for our students.

Educational Programs need to be booked soon for your field trip in May or June, Monday to Friday, approximately 10 am to 2 pm.

If you could list 3 dates that would work for you on your Education Program Booking Form then we will let you know the date that is available for your class trip. When you have filled in the Booking Form, scan it and email it to

We look forward to providing students with an amazing experience.

If you have questions, please phone Shirley – Volunteer Museum/Heritage/Education Program Coordinator at 250-245-3075.

View PDF:  LMS & LDHS 2018 Free Education Program


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Heritage Park & Machine Shop, Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith

RSVP:  or  250-245-0100

PDF:  LDHS – 2018 AGM Invitation

WALKABOUT 5 – 6 pm
Heritage Park
See Locomotive 11 in Locie Shop
and Humdirgen running along the track
Machine Shop
Explore the Harbour Heritage Centre
Enjoy the Art Gallery

Art Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Drive
Election of officers, trailer of new video series:
Lives & Legends and volunteer tribute

In the adjoining LMS upstairs room

Ladysmith & Vancouver Island’s Railway Era
Guest Speaker: Robert Turner, an internationally
recognized authority on transportation history in BC

Welcome to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society Website. Please refer back often as we are continually adding content to this site.

We have started restoring our large collection of images such as the Knight collection. The site now has two search features: one for images only and one for all content.

The Ladysmith and District Historical Society was incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 1999. Our mission is to promote awareness of Ladysmith and district’s history and to help preserve its heritage.

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The Society operates the Ladysmith Museum at 721 1st Avenue and the Ladysmith Archives below Tim Horton’s at 1115 1st Avenue.

Ladysmith Museum
Ladysmith Museum

The Ladysmith Museum is again open from 12 – 4 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Ladysmith Archives
Ladysmith Archives

Become a Member!

  • Individual: $15/year
  • Family: $20/year
  • Corporate: $30/year (includes a link to your webpage)

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Interested in local history? Consider volunteering at either the Museum or the Archives. We look forward to hearing from you!

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