This truck from Spick & Sons Projects Ltd.

This truck from Spick & Sons Projects Ltd.

Laydsmith Light Up boasts biggest parade

More than 100 lit vehicles took part in the Kinsmen Parade during the Nov. 27 Light Up celebrations in Ladysmith.

For many people in (or from) Ladysmith, the Christmas season hasn’t started until they’ve been to Light Up.

Last Thursday, the Christmas season started in spectacular fashion when thousands of people came to town to celebrate Light Up and the beginning of the Festival of Lights.

Duck Paterson, a town councillor and member of the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club who emceed the event, says this year’s parade was the largest parade ever at Light Up. There were 76 entries, but many had multiple vehicles, and he figures there were more than 100 vehicles in total in the parade, which is sponsored by the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club.

“It was quite impressive,” he said.

During the parade, Paterson passed on apologies from Cumberland Ready Mix, as they were unable to bring their cement truck down this year because they were so busy.

Paterson was impressed that Spick & Sons Projects Ltd. came all the way from Powell River to bring their truck with all the lights and trees to Ladysmith just for the parade.

Light Up parade

Paterson estimates about 15,000 people were at Light Up this year, down from the 22,000 to 23,000 that came last year. The weather may have played a factor.

Greg Edwards, vice-president of the Festival of Lights Society, feels Light Up was a spectacular night.

“The crowd was awesome as usual, we had new entertainers that were spectacular, and everyone seemed to love the parade,” he said. “It was great to see the smiles on the young folks’ faces and on the older folks as well.”

Edwards is thankful to everyone who helps make Light Up a success.

“To our fantastic sponsors, the Ladysmith and District Credit Union for the fireworks and to all of Ladysmith and all the folks and businesses who donate to us to help make it possible, we greatly appreciate them,” he said. “They make it extra special, and we appreciate them deeply for what they do for Festival of Lights and for the community.”

Light Up RCM-SAR

Edwards says they had even more volunteers than in recent years.

“Once again, the volunteers outdid themselves in helping this festival be the success it is,” he said.

Cliff Fisher, the president of the Festival of Lights Society, thought it was a really good night.

He was pleased with the amount of buses that came, and he says the craft fair was busier than previous years. Fisher also believes the new entertainers, VestaFire, got a lot of the younger people interested.

“There were a lot more LEDs in the system this year, and they sparkled when the lights went on,” said Fisher. “The fireworks were superb. They changed it around this year in their sequence. We’re really proud of that, and I think the Ladysmith and District Credit Union is very proud of that because they sponsor it.”

Light Up fireworks

Fisher feels we got lucky with weather, as the rain mostly held off, and he says traffic flowed smoothly in and out of town.

“The parade was spectacular,” he added.

Fisher and Edwards are both leaving the Festival of Lights Society this year, and Fisher says the society is now looking for new people to get involved for next year’s Light Up.

Fisher has volunteered with Festival of Lights for seven or eight years.

“What really strikes me is how people in the community, you don’t even know them and sometimes you don’t even see their faces, they just handle something, they just join in,” he said. “The community gets involved and makes it happen. It’s just so much a part of the community.”

The lights will now stay on until the second weekend in January.

Light Up spaghetti




















Light Up knitting

Just Posted

Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley was passed up for a cabinet position by Premier John Horgan. (Photo submitted)
Op-Ed: Modernizing forestry and prioritizing reconciliation

Doug Routley writes on Fairy Creek and Central Walbran Valley old growth deferrals

The log retaining wall that supports the access road to the Ladysmith Community Marina is failing and needs to be replaced. (Cole Schisler photo)
Remediation work for community marina access road expected to be costly

A log retaining wall between the access road and the parking area is failing and must be replaced

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Ladysmith Harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water harbour, none of them threatening

More and more graffiti has appeared in Ladysmith’s downtown core during the pandemic. (Cole Schisler photo)
Council creates rebate program to encourage graffiti clean up

Property owners can receive up to $50 to help fund graffiti removal

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Saltair man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read