Ladysmith is benefitting from a rising tide in marine tourist traffic

Number of marine visitors rises significantly

Overnight moorage at Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina continues to climb.

The number of visitors docking at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina hit new heights this summer.

LMS executive director Tom Irwin said traffic at the marina peaked in August at approximately 500 “visitor nights” — one night’s moorage for a single boat — boosting this year’s total to 1,310 as of Sept. 13.

Marine visitor numbers are up significantly in recent years, and the LMS boasts “a 56 per-cent increase in 2012-13 visitor nights compared to 2011.”

Visitors mooring at the LMS marina originated largely from the United States (33 per cent), elsewhere on Vancouver Island (27 per cent) and from “off-Island” Canada (23 per cent), Irwin said, representing a substantial infusion to the local economy.

Boats are crewed on average by two to four people, Irwin added, translating to a per-boat spending rate of $225 per night.

All told, maritime visitors docking at the LMS marina have spent close to $300,000 so far this year, Irwin explained, prompting the society to consider a 150-foot extension to its existing visitor’s dock.

Irwin credited the rising tide of visitors to the completion of the LMS Welcome Centre and “the remarkable hospitality that Ladysmith is becoming known for.”

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith author honours late sister in new children’s book

Sarah de Vries disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1998

Chemainus ‘Mountain Man’ joins search for Ben Kilmer

Kevin Shiell has been putting his extensive outdoor skills to good use

Search for missing Cowichan man moves towards Hill 60

Volunteer searchers are moving westward

North Cowichan celebrates public art for Local Government Awareness Week

North Cowichan is showcasing a piece of public art in Crofton in… Continue reading

VIDEO: SAR reinforcements from up Island arrive Sunday to help search for Ben Kilmer

Family, RCMP ‘extremely happy’ with the search effort so far, search manager tells volunteers

Winnipeg’s JP Hoe performs in Ladysmith

Six-time Western Canada Music Award nominee and Winnipeg native JP Hoe performed… Continue reading

Man dead after crashing vehicle into hydro pole and tree in Gibsons

Dog also hurt in collision, which happened Wednesday morning

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Construction crane tips over at Nanaimo work site

Incident happened Wednesday morning at Turner Road and Uplands Drive

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Most Read