The Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina, my home port, is the friendliest marina in the Gulf Islands. 1100 feet of visitors’ dock mean there is almost never a problem for cruisers wishing to tie up for the night, although to be on the safe side, it is wise to book ahead, either by calling on channel 66A, phoning (250 245 1146), or booking on line through their website. Volunteers and/or staff will be on hand to take your lines.
Power and water are available, as are pump out facilities. Washrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a TV lounge are located in the Welcome Centre. From the May long weekend to Labour Day you can purchase light meals at the Oyster Bay Café, also in the Welcome Centre. There is a meeting room available upstairs and a large social dock for outdoor gatherings. Ice and soft drink dispensers are handy, as are bins for garbage and recyclables.
The marina participates in the Purple Martin recovery programme, and the twittering of these active little swallows is pleasant background music during your stay.You can visit the small marine museum or view the heritage boats that have been lovingly restored by members of the LMS.
A 10 minute vigourous walk will take you into the town of Ladysmith where you can explore its restaurants and shops and do some reprovisioning at the 49th Parallel grocery store, so named because it is situated almost exactly on the 49th parallel.
Alternatively, you can follow a trail (to the left as you leave the marina) which leads to Transfer Beach Park where children can climb the skookum playground equipment or in the summer play in the water park.
As far as I know, no other marina on the south coast has this much to offer. We are well worth a visit!