We motored into Ladysmith Harbour and were surprised at the extent of the lumber industry. We knew there was a mill here but it’s so different to experience a town from the water side as opposed to the highway. There were log booms everywhere. We pulled up to Ladysmith Yacht Club as we have reciprocal privileges through our club, CFSA in Esquimalt. The visitor dock was right next to an operating mill that ran until midnight and then started again at 0700. It was interesting to hear the mill sounds and see the log booms right outside our boat.
After Maddie’s nap, we spent the afternoon taking turns having showers and doing laundry again.
The next morning, we decided to motor over to the community marina as it is closer to town and the local beach. We tied up to the visitor dock at Ladysmith Maritime Community Marina and just a 1 minute walk down the dock is the Oyster Bay Cafe. Another coffee for me and next to the lovely, little Maritime Museum was a sandbox for Maddie to play in! We were so thrilled to find such a welcoming, kid friendly marina that we decided to stay the night.
We spent the rest of the morning letting Maddie explore the docks, wearing her life jacket of course, while we had coffee.
During Maddie’s nap time, I carried Amelia and an empty backpack up the hill into town to get groceries and check things out. It was only a 10 min walk, which was great because I felt like I had time to explore a bit. My first stop was the Old Town Bakery for their famous cinnamon buns. I got one to go so Ellery and I could share it later. Next, I went to the grocery store and bought a few too many things, considering I had to carry it all back. Then, I headed to the liquor store to pick up a few tall beers. I managed to get all the groceries and beer in my backpack but it was heavy! Then, my last stop was a garden store for a peat brick for our composting toilet. The only size they carried was 5kg so I carried that back too. Good thing, it was a short downhill walk back to the boat because I was definitely carrying the max I was capable of. Of course, Amelia slept in the carrier the whole time!
Later that afternoon, we all walked to Transfer Beach Park so Maddie could play at the playground and on the beach. We also enjoyed some nachos from a food truck for an afternoon snack.
We planned to leave late the next morning but first we had showers and breakfast at the lovely Oyster Bay Cafe.
Off to Pirates Cove! Arrrr matey!