The Zephyr in her berth on C dock at the LMS Marina.

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.

The visitors’ dock was full on this warm Saturday in September.
Another view of the visitor dock.

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.

Outdoor social area with the Welcome Centre behind it.
The Oyster Bay Café is situated in the Welcome Centre.
You can catch a lift in this golf cart part way up the hill to town.
Fresh local produce is available in season.








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.

Maritime Museum
Educational Centre

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!

Author: Mary Anne Hajer

My husband, Frank, and I are both retired teachers. We were in our fifties when we first set foot on a sailboat. Five years later we bought our Fraser 30, the Zephyr, and began spending our summers sailing the Salish Sea. Doing so has enriched our lives beyond measure.


  1. Hello Mary Anne,

    I am from Squamish and own a Fraser 41. I left in 2010 to sail around the world. I went west and have crossed the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans since then. I just have to sail west and north now to complete the voyage.

    I am in Southern Chile right now and have just hit my first rock. Ever! But it’s made quite a hole in our keel. Luckily, Arie de Kleer made these boats tough, with a water tight compartment so we didn’t take on any water.

    And, luckily, we were only 50 miles from the only haul out in all of southern South America. The only one we’ve been close to in over a year of voyaging in this part of the world.

    I met Arie when I bought Merkava at Schooner Cove in 2004. He had Omega docked 6 slips down. I would love to be able to ask him about the best way to go about fixing my keel and I came across your article about the building of Fraser sailboats.

    There is no infrastructure here. No chandeliers, no professionals to help. I have to do all the repairs myself and I have never done any fiberglassing. Oh the fun when you go off the beaten track : )

    Do you have an email address for Arie?
    A phone number?
    Do you think he’d mind me contacting him?

    Thank you for your help and thank you for writing that article on Fraser boats.
    Mark Aisbett
    SV Merkava
    Puerto Natales, Chile

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