We’re thrilled to be starting a new series here today, “The Toads Visit Ladysmith“.  The small town of Ladysmith is located on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  Established in the very early 1900’s as a town to house miners, much of the original architecture still stands today.

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

We’re going to start our journey in the heart of the town, the Island Hotel.    James Dunsmuir originally established the town to house the miners who worked in his local mines.  Many of the buildings were moved to Ladysmith via rail or oxen, and the town was formally incorporated in 1904.

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The town is located on a hillside and is crisscrossed with very steep roadways.  Yours truly, Mr. and Mrs. Toad, were actually a tad bit tuckered after wandering about town doing this shoot…  I wanted a power scooter to travel about during our shoot, but we were concerned that a large 6’3″ Toad roaming the streets like that might draw too much attention.

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

With an extensive background in mining and logging, the folks who live here now maintain and share the history with deep pride.  Artifacts are located throughout town to showcase this history, and to serve as reminders of what it was that created and continues to support this town.  We have many photographs coming over the next few days here that will display some really interesting things, all related to these 2 key industries.

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Some of the building appear to be newer than others, and they all combine to create the feeling of small town living as you make your way through the main area.  We visited on a Sunday and were lucky enough to find that the streets were mostly empty of cars, which produced great possibilities for photography.

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The steep roads and alley-ways all produce the most interesting solutions and workarounds that must have been evident during the planning and development phase.  Many of the buildings are weathered, serving to add a strong sense of true island living and character to Ladysmith.  With one main street through town and many side roads providing access to the surrounding homes, it’s quite normal to find an afternoon is easily spent wandering the various streets and taking in all the historical sights that live here.

We’ve got quite a few more images coming from Ladysmith in the coming days, so please do stay tuned.  We’ve got some great turn-of-the-century architecture and store fronts, as well as many industry related artifacts that are on display.  It’s going to be quite the adventurous week here at The Hollow, we hope you can join along!

Many thanks for your visit today, we really appreciate it so much.  Please feel free to leave any comments you may have as we always love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. Terrific series of images. I especially like the storefront shot with the multi-colored awnings.

  2. avatar Jim Denham says:

    What an awesome looking town – reminds me a bit of Stillwater and a couple of other older towns in this neck of the woods! Great job revealing the sense of slope to this place, and also the weathered look of buildings. Another fine job Toads, looking forward to more!

  3. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    I’ve been MIA for awhile…and it’s so great to stop by for a big heaping fixin of Toad Photography!! Lovely, as always!!

    • Hiya Cathy, we’ve been thinking of you lately, thank you for popping by my friend! We hope all is well for you these days, and wish the very best for you! 🙂 Thanks for your wonderful comments, we really appreciate that!

  4. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Is Ladysmith where they ladies? J/K 🙂

    Cool set today. I liked the read. I think it’s cool how they have the board with all the images of their past.

  5. I really need to visit Vancouver. Well done as always.

  6. avatar ChrisdMRF says:

    Amazing looking Town. Heritage seems big in BC or is it just on the island

    • Well, the lower mainland part of BC, big time. A lot of BC was settled here on the coast originally, so we have quite a lot of history here. The island is a quiet little place to live and we tend to really love our heritage and history, so we work hard at maintaining it. Which is a dream for a photographer. 🙂 Thanks for your awesome comments here today, my friend!