Details for Ladysmith Maritime Society and Community Marina

Ladysmith Maritime Society and Community Marina

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 19 reviews

Address Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A7


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


One half Kilometer downhill from center of town. All services available in town.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Both US and Canadian cheques and cash accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Good approach from the South East. Watch for cables joining Mooring Tanks East of entrance.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 30
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: There is no fuel available at L.M.S.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.35/ft (2013-08-05)

Other price info: Price drops to $1.00 per foot for 2nd day and beyond.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - In the new floating building. Wonderful!


Yes - In the new floating building.


Yes - In the new floating building.


Yes - Walk to 49th Grocery, it is easiest to follow the trail on theold-RR tracks north, then follow the road to the crossing of Highway 1. Note they offer rides back to the marina.


Yes - Follow the trail on the old-RR tracks north, then follow the road to the 49th Grocery. Before coming to the Highway 1 crossing there is a large Home-Hardware store, can not miss it.


Yes - There are several on the lower and upper main streets.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Telus data connection, very strong. Strong WiFi signal.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Ladysmith Maritime Society and Community Marina
Very cool place !!, 2017-08-24
Captain: , Pender Harbour, BC (421)

Stayed here two nights, the docks are good, the power solid with lots of hook-ups, and water at every spot. Great little cafe (Oyster Bay Cafe) for breakfast or lunch. Very nice little community, with music on the dock, and dinner every other Friday, which is well worth attending. Everything you need is available in the town, a short walk, but we require these, as we don't get much exercise on the boat! Great little Legion, and lots of restaurants, shops, and atmosphere.

short walk to town, 2017-08-16
Captain: , Galiano Island, BC (131)

I must correct all the talk about the "long steep walk" to town. It is uphill but not steep. It was a pleasant walk and took 7 minutes from the marina ramp to the pizza place. That included waiting at a red light and picking black berries along the way.

Our favorite marina of all , 2017-06-15
Captain: , Breakwater Marina (83)

Everyone remarks -- and rightfully so -- about the friendly staff, but what I find truly outstanding is that the bathrooms, showers and laundry are right by the guest slips. In addition to being the most convenient, they're also the cleanest. And yes, the hike to the grocery store was quite long but they did give us a ride back to the marina.

Hits on almost all cylinders, 2016-07-13
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

Very welcoming staff. Facility and captains lounge is nice. Restrooms and showers are great. A small uphill walk, (very uphil) to town, but worth it. Just pace yourself and it is worth the effort. 49th Parallel Grocery will drive you back after you make your purchase so maybe you want to do that last. Don't miss the bakery with the huge cinimon buns. A real treat. I figured I would eat half and save the rest for later. No dice, I ate the whole thing in one shot. If you like to browse and look at antiques this is a good spot also. So far this place has been the best stop on our trip.

Multi night discount, 2015-09-21
Captain: , White Rock, BC, Canada (34)

Nicely laid out and operated marina. Unfortunately we were given the wrong code for the shower/washroom door just before office closing and had to wait til morning. However, a subsequent night discount applies that reduces cost. Also it applies if you return later within the same season. I did on a different boat and was given the discount. Will go back.

Nice Marina & Staff, 2014-07-25
Captain: , Liberty Bay, WA (430)

The manager took our VHF call and gave us instruction where to dock. He himself and another staff employee met us at the dock and helped us tie up. Told us to relax a bit and then come to office to pay. Very clean surroundings and showers. As others have mentioned, the up hill walk to town is a bit much and the day we were there (Monday) it was lilke a ghost town. If it had not been for the bakery there probably would not have been anyone in town. Will probably go back.

Nice small town, 2013-09-07
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

Ladysmith is a small town, but it has some nice shops and a few restaurants on the main street, one block up from Rt. 1. It's a little hike up the hill and across the RR tracks, but well worth it. The marina is small but the new office and shower/laundry facilities are great.

Small marina, but big on friendliness, 2013-08-15
Captain: , Seattle (10)

We have been here twice in two years, and the staff is very nice and accomodating. the main guest dock is one long dock with side ties only. Good power and very good wifi. Excellent free showers and a short walk to town. Great grocery is about a 20 minute walk. The Old Town bakery is a must stop, especially for Cinnamon Rolls in the AM. THey are big and tasty in variety of flavors and are a great value. They also have some nice lunch items including sandwiches, pot pies, etc. They have a good selection of house made breads. We didn't find any great coffee stops in town, except decent Espresso at the grocery store. Worth a walk over to the beach, it's a nice area with a great view.

Nice place to stay, 2013-07-04
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (220)

We hung out here to 2 days. The marina staff were very accomodating and helpful. Good power, water, & facilities. Lots of hot water in the shower and that counts for a lot!

The martin bird houses on the piers are really cool and we loved watching the martins dive for insects.

The walk to town is not too bad, but it is a hike. There are good provisioning shops in town. We were there over a Sunday/Monday and the town was pretty quiet.

Super cool Marina- great new facilities and pizza delivered to the dock!, 2013-03-29
Captain: , Novelty, WA (214)

First time to Ladysmith, August 2012. VERY helpful dock staff, super great dock, easy water, very strong power, and really - I mean REALLY- clean laundry. Showers looked great, but didn't use. Nice facilities on docks for grilling, as well. Hike up the hill stinks. No way about it. But we bought groceries in town, got a ride back to the dock. Perfect.

We ordered pizza from this place just up the hill from the dock- they delivered right down to the dock. Super cool- kids loved it. We had the shrimp pizza and it was AMAZING. Recommended.

In our never ending quest for pools, we didn't find one convenient in Ladysmith- but we might have just missed it.

Marina is great- but finding ice cream at 430pm- impossible. Had to get some at the grocery. Went by 2 "ice cream shops"- both closed. Nutty.

Anyway, loved it, and will be back. Really cute town- and a great bookstore to boot!

Rating reflects our experience., 2013-02-10
Captain: , Seattle (250)

The docks are fine. The new boater's center, with showers, restrooms, laundry, and a comfortable lounge, is first class. The wharfinger (dock master) is outstanding. Take time to check out the maritime museum - rich history, and a couple of beautiful classics.

This is one of several BC marinas which has joined the effort to restore the once threatened Purple Martin bird population. The pilings in the marina have specially constructed bird houses which have helped these birds thrive. They're ever present, and delightful. (Note to boaters with cats: if possible, choose a tie between pilings - otherwise, at high tide your feline friend will be face-to-face with some resident birds)

The town is a healthy uphill walk, but one worth taking. It's all down hill back to the boat, and the main grocery store will deliver the goods to the marina. The manager actually gave us a ride.

Nice docks, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Bozeman, MT (740)

We enjoyed our stay here, the wharfinger is very friendly and the shower facilities are brand new. There is a nice walk along the water to a park. The town is cute but limited, a good bakery and coffee shop but not much else to see. Good for an overnight stop if you need supplies.

New facility completed, 2012-07-31
Captain: , Oak Harbor, WA (10)

New free showers. New free wifi. New office and lounge facility. Free shuttle to uptown city center. Or, take the easy hike up the stairway/hill. The staff is friendly, helpful, and the surroundings are inviting. Should soon accept credit cards; they were completing approvals as of July 2012.

Note: ignore all references to Ladysmith Maritime Society facility from the "Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia" books (both 2nd and 3rd editions). Those remarks are out of date.

Recommend calling ahead to make reservations; this facility will become immensely popular and will fill quickly.

Great stop, 2011-07-27
Captain: , Brownsville, WA (558)

All the previous posts/ratings are spot on. Most impressive is the dedication of the Society to the improvement of the facility to make it more visitor friendly. They plan to have a 60' x 60' float with heads/showers that are completely handicap complient. The marina staff and the museum docent are a wealth of info. There is no additional charge for wifi.

Credit cards are not accepted but they do accept checks from the U.S.

Great Welcome, friendly staff, 2011-07-22
Captain: , Port Isabel TX (640)

Marina staff assisted in docking, gave us orientation to facilities and welcome to town. Free showers. Walk to town is nice pedestrian friendly. Super market will drive you back to marina. We will return.

Still Improving With Time, 2011-07-19
Captain: , Comox (10)

The floating washroom, showers, etc. are expected to arrive September, '11, so for the moment, it's still a long walk up the hill. We were pleasantly surprized to be welcomed with an Arrival Package that explained about the town and events, and about the improvements. They have and are continuing to replace some docks, I'm told.

Imprvoing wtih time, 2011-03-12
Captain: , Sidney BC (582)

Stayed here three times and things are definitely on the upswing. Biggest benefit is the availabillity of good local shopping within 10 minures of the dock.

2nd the last post, 2011-01-13
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (490)

As I understand they are building restroom & showers down at the docks this winter. A great destination

Great Stop, 2010-08-26
Captain: , Live in Vernon, B.C. looking for a RPH LRC Trawler (127)

This was an excellent stop; the marina is very nice although the washrooms and showers are an approx. 5 minute walk up to the facilities off site of the docks.

The town is just another few minutes walk from the showers, there is a lot to see in Ladysmith and there is a community bus/tour which takes you around the entire town.

The marina has a wooden boat museum, although small it is well done.

Enjoyed our time here and will be coming back.

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