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Ladysmith in Winter

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BC: Images of Ladysmith Photographs by Gerry Beltgens | Direct 250-739-3887 Office 250-245-2252

FC: Images of Ladysmith | Photographs by Gerry Beltgens

1: Gerry Beltgens, REALTOR Direct: 250-739-3887 - Office: 250-245-2252 | Images of Ladysmith Photographs by Gerry Beltgens | Ladysmith Harbour

2: Copyright 2011 Gerry Beltgens The author retains sole copyright to all text and photographs contained in this book. Use of any materials contained in this book is strictly prohibited. For copies of this book contact Gerry Beltgens at | View from the Lookout on Gifford Street February 2012

3: When I am in another country and I tell people that I am a Canadian they invariably ask me about the weather. They often assume that all Canadians spend their time huddled in the dark or don parkas when going outside. I hope that these photos dispel the myths and showcase the beauty of my home town. I was born in Ladysmith in 1951. My parents moved away when I was 13. After 46 years I moved back home to Ladysmith. Best move I ever made. I have lived in a lot of places and traveled widely but Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful and welcoming places in the world. As a photographer and a REALTOR, I am very lucky to be able to share this area through my images and to help others find their slice of paradise and make their home here. Gerry Beltgens December, 2011

4: The Historic Town of Ladysmith

5: Local Knowledge Ladysmith is a town located on the 49th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. The local economy is based on forestry, tourism and agriculture. A hillside location adjacent to a sheltered harbour form the natural characteristics of the community. As of 2006, the population was 7,538. The area of the town was 8.43 square kilometres. Total private dwellings were 2,833. Population density was 828.5 people per square kilometre. Ladysmith is known for its annual Festival of Lights in which the entire commercial sector and many homes are decorated with strings of colourful lights for six weeks in celebration of Christmas. It is also known for its local Summer Celebrations, called Ladysmith Days, which was once one of the premiere logging sports venues in North America before the decline of the logging industry. Ladysmith was founded by James Dunsmuir in about 1898, a year after he built shipping wharves for loading coal at Oyster Harbour. Dunsmuir, owner of coal mines in the Nanaimo area, needed a location to house the families of his miners. He chose to build the community at Oyster Harbour, some twenty miles south of his Extension, British Columbia mines. Many buildings were moved from Extension and Wellington by rail and by oxen. The Town of Ladysmith was incorporated June 3, 1904.

7: 1st Avenue, the main street in Ladysmith

8: Temperance Hotel | Jessup's Drugstore

9: Masonic Hall | Jones Hotel

10: Wooden Dinghy on the Ladysmith Maritime Society dock

11: The historic Manana Lodge, now operating as the excellent Page Point Bistro Restaurant | Timothy's famous oyster company

12: The Waterfront | Transfer Beach

13: My daughter and grandson on Transfer Beach

14: Dusting of snow across the bay from Transfer Beach, January 2011

15: Sunrise from our deck looking towards Thetis Island | Looking towards the Gulf Islands from the Lookout Condos

16: Winter sailboat racing in the bay

17: Ladysmith Harbour

18: The Estuary Trail links the Holland Creek Trail with Transfer Beach

20: Holland Creek Park Long exposure images

24: Late winter run off on the side of the road near the marina

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