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Ladysmith is a town located on the 49th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. The local economy is based on forestry, tourism and agriculture. A hillside location adjacent to a sheltered harbour form the natural characteristics of the community.As of 2011, the population was 7,921. The area of the town was 11.99 square kilometres. Total private dwellings were 2,833. Population density was 660.6 people per square kilometre.Ladysmith is also known for its annual Festival of Lights in which the entire commercial sector and many homes are decorated with strings of colourful lights for six weeks in celebration of Christmas. It is also known for its local Summer Celebrations, called Ladysmith Days, which was once one of the premiere logging sports venues in North America before the decline of the logging industry.Ladysmith was founded by James Dunsmuir in about 1898, a year after he built shipping wharves for loading coal at Oyster Harbour. Dunsmuir, owner of coal mines in the Nanaimo area, needed a location to house the families of his miners. He chose to build the community at Oyster Harbour, some twenty miles south of his Extension, British Columbia mines. Many buildings were moved from Extension and Wellington by rail and by oxen. The Town of Ladysmith was incorporated June 3, 1904.The town was named in honour of the British victory in a battle during the Second Boer War in Ladysmith, South Africa, which in turn was named after Juana Maràa de los Dolores de León Smith also known as Lady Smith, the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith, the British Governor of the Cape Colony at the time.

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