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Vancouver Island is the largest island on Canada’s Pacific Coast. It offers limitless opportunities for adventure and exploration from urban delights to spectacular wilderness retreats. The central Island area from south Nanaimo to Cedar, Ladysmith and Chemainus offers an ideal vantage point for exploring the Island. Whether you are looking for heritage, arts and culture, shopping or outdoor recreation, you will find it here along with warm hospitality and small town friendliness. Here you will discover why this is truly the “heart” of Vancouver Island.

By Car South of Nanaimo on Hwy #1 is the start of this fantastic area. For Cedar and Yellow Point take the Cedar Road turn-off after Southgate Mall. Continue south for Cassidy and Timberlands. For Ladysmith and Chemainus stay on Hwy #1 and watch for signs. Island Coach Lines has daily bus service. 1-800-318-0818, Nanaimo depot 250-753-4371.

By Water Ladysmith Harbour is well known for its beauty and protective harbour for boaters, whether at anchor or at a marina. Chemainus Harbour located near old town Chemainus has the BC Ferry Terminal to Thetis and Penelakut (Kuper) Islands. For more information on these routes and route to and from the mainland visit their web site at

By Air The Nanaimo Airport is in the middle of our area for easy access. Car rentals are available here as well as private charters. Float planes service is available from Vancouver to Nanaimo.



airport image from helicopterNanaimo Airport

Hassle-free travel starts with the Nanaimo Airport (YCD). A $26 million expansion and upgrades means you get more time for what matters most to you – beaches, forests, spas, wineries, wildlife, and special time with family and friends.

In short, YCD is now bigger, better and faster. A larger waiting room with new passenger screening and baggage handling systems means quicker, more convenient check-ins and baggage pick-ups. Recent improvements and expansion means more all-weather airport reliability. WestJet direct flights from Calgary.

Conveniently located just 10 minutes from Ladysmith and 2.5 hours from Tofino.