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TAKE 5 Publications is based in Ladysmith, BC. We publish TAKE 5 news magazine, Explore Ladysmith, Cedar, Saltair & Chemainus Guide, the Enterprise, an economic community profile and specialty books.

We work with the business community in helping to build their business through promoting them in well read and widely distributed publications.

We started in 1996 and now publish the most read magazine from South Nanaimo to Chemainus.

Our news, photos, and events calendar cover the mid Vancouver Island communities. If it’s happening in South Nanaimo, Chase River, Cinnabar Valley, South Wellington, Extension, Timberlands, Cassidy, Cedar, Yellow Point, North Oyster, Ladysmith, Saltair and Chemainus, we’ll be there.

There were a number of publications in the area but none of them bridged the communities between Nanaimo and Duncan. Seeing a need to help promote the area and its business community, TAKE 5 publications rose to the challenge.

We work with writers, photographers, graphic designers, web builders, videographers, to custom fulfill our advertising clients needs.

And guess what? Our hard work paid off! We were honoured to receive Business of the Year (Spirit of Ladysmith Awards 2008) and Entrepreneur of the Year (Rotary 2004). In 2005 we received a provincial award from the Heritage Society of BC for publishing the Town of Ladysmith’s centennial book, Ladysmith 100 years.

An independent locally owned publication TAKE 5 is as eclectic and adventurous as the people who live and work here.

Stop by for a coffee and we’ll show you last year hundreds of businesses and hundreds of thousands of readers chose TAKE 5.

Today, we continue to expand our services offering new opportunities to our advertisers.

Goes to show you what can happen when you buy into your community; it’s more than the place you work, it’s your home. And home is where the heart is.