Ladysmith’s charming downtown core offers 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 was the concussion of the jury who awarded First Avenue as Canada’s Greatest Street 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

We invite you to explore the history of the buildings available in the side menu. Compiled by Mark Anderson. Check back for more content regularly.

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