Shop and Dine
Historic Downtown Ladysmith, one block off the Island Highway, has a medley of independent businesses mostly in revitalized heritage buildings offering everything from pet supplies to designer fashions. Our area is a mecca for antiques. Be sure to make a stop at the old Post Office Antiques on the corner of Roberts Street and Highway 1, where three floors of treasures await you. Expect to find small and interesting shops and galleries with an endless array of great finds; no huge malls and big box stores here!
South of the town centre and just off the Island Highway, Coronation Mall has many retail shops, and services including the Community Policing Station, as well as fast food restaurants.
Continuing on to Chemainus the downtown area is bustling with shops, cafes, restaurants all in an area that is just a short walk. Stop off at the local bakery, pick up something for a picnic and head down to the beach.
Head north from Ladysmith just a few kilometres and take the Cedar Road turn-off. Cedar/Yellow Point is a beautiful rural area of farms and small acreages. This is home to a great variety of artisans, most of whom operate out of their home studios. The best way to find them is to stop at one of several corner store/gas stations in the area and pick up the artisan tour brochure with a map showing locations and hours.
Cedar Village has many services for the traveller; a full service grocery store, hardware, restaurant, fuel station, internet access at the Cedar Heritage Centre, a number of popular and historic pubs and much more. Enjoy the beautiful, restful drive, and the good places to stop for a bite to eat along the way. Watch for farm-gate opportunities to buy fresh produce.
If you stay on Cedar Road, you will turn left onto the bridge crossing the Nanaimo River back to the Island Highway, and within a minute you’ll be at Southgate Centre and South Parkway Plaza.
Whatever your taste buds are craving, you will find delights in this area. Our restaurants, pubs and cafes offer great choices of cuisine from seafood to pizza and everything in between.
The Yellow Point, Cedar, Ladysmith, Saltair and Chemainus area benefits from warm, sunny summers and mild, moist winters. The long growing season, combined with fertile soils and the hard work of local farmers allows for the production of a wide variety of produce. Our waters yield world-famous salmon, oysters, crab, shrimp, cod and other seafood delicacies.
A growing selection of quality Vancouver Island wineries produce recognized red and white varieties and are featured in many local restaurants and pubs. If you want to go straight to the source, just a short drive away is a number of Cowichan area wineries open to the public.
From the coffee shop that specializes in homemade meals to a butcher shop known for its custom sausages, there’s something for every taste. A trip along First Avenue would not be complete without a stop at the bakery for their famous cinnamon buns.
Want some atmosphere with your meal? Try a local pub or two. Tucked away on side roads are pubs over 100 years old. Combining old world charm with friendly locals, a meal and a refreshment will make for stories to be told back home.