Possibilities are almost endless for Ladysmith’s harbour

Letter writer looks for solution to the "Ladysmith harbour ongoing saga."


Jim Szasz feels that there will never be a solution to the Ladysmith harbour ongoing saga.

This is a subject that I have been harping and nagging about for the last six years.

I was instrumental in organizing a number of very interested Ladysmith retired taxpayers to study this problem. They were all retired and experienced former business people.

We engaged an engineer that had been with Public Works Canada for approximately 30 years, and his expertise was harbours of B.C., both fresh and salt water.

The suggested remedy to clean up the harbour floor was the use of a hydraulic suction dredge. JJM construction’s CEO is a friend of mine who advises he could complete the dredging within one month with his 20-inch dredge. However, this presents a problem of where to deposit the dredge spoil once it has been lifted.

The engineer agreed with our group when we suggested placing a shot rock wall parallel to the bottom of the cliff 200 feet out from the parking lot at the public wharf all the way around slack point. This would allow the dredge spoil to be pumped behind the wall, thereby reclaiming a strip of land 200 feet wide for almost one kilometre along our harbour foreshore.

Another writer to this paper suggested a walkway for our citizens to enjoy, and this would satisfy his suggestion.

If the reclaimed foreshore was properly planned to accommodate business as well as living accommodations, the area would dramatically change the Ladysmith economy. For example, allowing 20 feet along the cliff for an alley with a 70-foot depth for buildings and 10 feet in front of the buildings for sidewalk, then 25 feet for two-way auto access and 15 feet for angle parking would leave a 60-foot-wide strip for gardens and walkway for Ladysmith citizens.

The buildings could be maritime-oriented and complimentary to our First Avenue businesses, with the trolley picking up maritime visitors going up town.

I have been told that this strip of land would have a value exceeding the cost of development.

The buildings could be storefronts at ground level with condominiums above, and they would would not come above the height of the cliff.

Does it take rocket science to realize what a terrific draw this would be for visiting boats?

This whole idea can be fleshed out to include our aboriginal citizens across the harbour.

We suggested a fresh fish market where fishermen could visit and sell their products here in Ladysmith, somewhat the same as the fisherman’s market in San Francisco.

The possibilities are almost endless, but it takes the will of our town fathers to make it happen. May I also suggest that there is plenty of talent in Ladysmith that is more than willing to form a group and spearhead this endeavour.

Don Harrison


Just Posted

Tribal Journeys welcomed by Stz’uminus at Shell Beach

Paddlers came from various nations, including the Heiltsuk, Namgis, Hesquiaht, and Alberta Cree

Brits on the Beach raises $2,251 for LRCA food bank

Brits on the Beach also brought in 75 pounds of non-perishable food items

Town adds public access lifering to improve water safety at Transfer Beach

The lifering is easy to use and includes instructions on the protective housing case for emergencies

Chemainus Harvest House still demands attention in summer

Food bank supplies dwindle with diminished donations

No shortage of water supply in Ladysmith despite stage three water restrictions

Water restrictions remain in place to service community in case of an emergency

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read