A log train trundling through the industrial landscape of Ladysmith’s waterfront in earlier times.

A log train trundling through the industrial landscape of Ladysmith’s waterfront in earlier times.

Talk to present ‘rich’ history of waterfront

Rob Johnson's talk is part of Heritage Week in Ladysmith Feb. 15 - 21.

Rob Johnson says he’s more a story-teller than a historian, but – good as he is with words – he’d have a hard time convincing many people in Ladysmith of that.

He’s going to put both his story-telling and historical skills on the line Feb. 19 when he does a presentation of Ladysmith’s Historic Waterfront, 7 p.m. in the upper room at the Royal Canadian Legion.

His presentation will include slides of ‘150 rarely seen photographs.’

A native of Ladysmith, whose family roots go back three generations, Johnson has been an avid collector of facts about his home and native community for most of his 70 years.

Ever wondered how Slack Point got its name? Or Transfer Beach? What kinds of recreational activities early 20th Century citizens partook in where the ocean meets land in Ladysmith Harbour?

Johnson, a member of the Ladysmith Historical Society, has spent many hours researching the industrial and recreational history of what many consider the most important stretch of property in the town’s past, present and for its future.

He has a unique perspective on Ladysmith’s waterfront. For 10 years he delivered harbour tours to hundreds of people.

His talk is part of Heritage Week in Ladysmith Feb. 15 – 21.