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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.