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The small town of Ladysmith is on the east coast of Vancouver Island,British Columbia, Canada, and every year the folks “light up” for Christmas, to the tune of about 200,000 lights. For a population of about 8,000 that’s a lot ! The main street becomes a blaze of light and colour and people come from many miles to see the display. In fact there are so many lights it’s hard to find a vantage point to get them all in.
Finding a small break in the traffic, I went out in the street and caught this image which I hope gives some idea of the work and dedication of these people.
Located on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is built on the hillside overlooking Ladysmith Harbour. One of the oldest settlements on Vancouver Island, originally called Oyster Harbour , it was established in 1899 as recreation and dormitory housing for coal miners,and many of the heritage buildings resemble those of San Francisco at the same time period.

Nov. 29, 2009, Fuji S100FS camera.


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  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice, George !
    Sent the fair City of Dryden a link to this image. :)

  • Thanks Stan..let me know if you get a reply from them..:) This little town does a fantastic job, I wish I could have got up higher somehow to get a wider view.

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    This is lovely George, and would be perfect for the challenge!

  • Many thanks..glad you liked it..but which Challenge do you mean? I’ll enter it if you let me know.

    – George Cousins

  • TerrillWelch
    TerrillWelchalmost 5 years ago

    I have never seen Ladysmith look better than how you have captured her here all dressed up for the holiday season.

  • Hi terrill..much appreciated, I waited until the rains stopped before driving up and it was a very nice evening..except trying to find a break in the traffic, even around 9 PM. Lots of people taking a look!

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    Historic Places George, for our Historic Holidays challenge

  • OK..I’m on my way..thanks!!!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Very nicely done, George. They do a tremendous job! At Upper Canada Village they’ve done the same thing for a number of years now – all the buildings have the Christmas lights on them. I’ll have to get up there with the camera!

  • Probably be worth your time, Mike, I know the Ladysmith show is well worth the drive.

    – George Cousins

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macover 4 years ago

    I love it! So charming.

  • One of the delights of the Christmas Season, it’s just a little town but they do a fantastic job. Problem getting it all in one!

    – George Cousins

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