Dining room, with photo of nearby Holland Creek Trail. (p.s. I have two guitars ... perhaps we can play a few songs together.)Your quiet, garden-facing room with a very comfortable queen-sized bed.
Come to Explore, Hiking and More!

Welcome! I hope your stay in the quiet, garden-facing bedroom with a queen bed (and your own separate bathroom) will provide a restful sleep so you have fresh energy for exploring this wonderful part of Canada. For guests travelling with a friend or family member who require their own room, I have a comfortable double futon in my office.


PERFECT for those who love the outdoors & hiking/cycling: quiet, comfortable home with pleasant writer/host in gorgeous coastal town. Private bdrm & bath, shared kitchen in spacious townhouse backing hiking trails.

My bright and spacious 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 3-level townhome is very near jaw-dropping Holland Creek Trail & a plethora of other connecting trails. Enjoy the forest, waterfalls, swimming holes, and incredible hiking and mountain biking.

After a restful sleep on a comfortable queen-sized bed, enjoy morning coffee and toast (homemade Irish soda bread) or a blackberry smoothie on the house. Relax with the dark-eyed juncos and other birds on the deck in the small back garden area (facing a "living wall"), or glimpse the mountains from the balcony.

I live at the top of the hill and can walk to historic downtown Ladysmith in 20 minutes (or less), and to our fabulous Transfer Beach Park (great ocean swimming, kayak rentals, free Sunday night summer music concerts, Farmer's Market Tuesdays, or just enjoy the sailboats and scenery) in 25. If you're driving, you can be on the beach in a flash.

This is an ideal location if you wish to also visit Nanaimo (15 mins), Chemainus (10 mins), Duncan (20 mins), and Victoria (approx. 60 mins). A great stopping point if Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Campbell River or Tofino are your eventual destinations.

The kitchen, dining, living area, main floor bathroom, balcony and back deck are shared with the owner. There's much room for storing bikes, kayaks, luggage, etc. inside. Parking is on the road approximately a one minute walk away.

I will try to help make your time in Ladysmith one of the highlights of your visit to Vancouver Island. I work from a home office but have a fairly flexible schedule. I know that many guests will have their own places to go, people to see, and things to do, and/or they'll just want time to relax. If guests desire solitude and little interaction, I respect that. For those who wish to get out and hike with me around the local Holland Creek Trail, watch a good film, have a game of cribbage, or even sing a few songs together, that's super! I'm an outgoing "people person" who adores meeting new folks and hearing their stories (travel and otherwise).

Note: I don't cook, so you'll be on our own in the food department (buying, cooking and clean-up, if you wish to make meals here), apart from the breakfast options described above. Tea will always be available.

I will be present during your stay.

I adore my moments-away proximity to some of the best hiking in Canada. I love the mountain and ocean views from the hilltop behind me. I can't say enough about the streams, rivers, swimming holes, and lakes I frequent, and am thrilled that the ocean-swimming here is (reportedly) the warmest north of San Francisco Bay. I'm besotted with Ladysmith's famous bakery (people literally line up out the door for the cinnamon buns), and fantastic coffee shops. I treasure how quickly I can be in Nanaimo to throw crab traps at the government pier, or in Chemainus to enjoy the myriad quaint shops. I'm thrilled with the music scene on the west coast, the abundance of galleries, and the iconic farmers' markets, ie: Duncan, Cedar. I cherish being just an hour from Victoria ... and it's a spectacularly scenic drive. I'm wild about the thrift shops and the blackberry picking, the salmon and old growth cedars and firs.

Ladysmith is small enough to be a smile-at-strangers community, big enough that you can get whatever you need. (And I'm from Saskatchewan, so don't even get me started on the glorious climate!)

Ladysmith is approximately 15 minutes from the Nanaimo Airport (YCD), and about 25 minutes from the two Nanaimo ferry terminals (Duke Point and Departure Bay). (Note: if you require pick up, I can often arrange to be at the airport or ferry for a competitive rate). A public bus runs from Ladysmith to Duncan, and Victoria, and there is local taxi service.

This is a tri-level, so it's not ideal for anyone who's uncomfortable with stairs.

I speak mid-level Spanish, and love having opportunities to practise it.

Laundry rates: washing $5/load drying $5/load. (Sorry, but Hydro is expensive in BC).


I will be here while you are, and look forward to answering your questions about the community. If we both have the time, I'd be happy to take you on a hike on nearby Holland Creek Trail ... about a five minute walk to the trailhead from my door.


I have just replaced all the flooring in my home, and ask that only water be taken upstairs (no coffee, red wine, or other beverages with staining potential). Thank you!




I respect my townhouse neighbours so will only accommodate quiet and responsible guests. A glass or two of wine is fine, smoking and drugs are not. Loud music and/or partying is not an option here. Host is early-to-bed, early-to-rise. The house is "shoes off," please, and as I've just replaced all the flooring, I ask that only water be taken to the top floor - no red wine, coffee, or other beverages with staining potential.

If kitchen is used for cooking, please clean up after.



What a great stay at Shelley's place in Ladysmith. Definitely a great comfortable location to stay if you are into hiking beautiful BC trails. Shelly took me on a hike and then we ran the trail a few days later. She is definitely the ultimate trail guide! And she makes amazing smoothies - there was one waiting every morning ! Highly recommend a stay at Shelley's place. Greg Vista, California

Shelley met us at her space, gave us a tour, and then we sat down for a lovely chat with freshly made muffins she had baked (soda bread for our breakfast that she baked as well) and Jasmine tea; then she took us on a walk to find the walking/hiking trails. Couldn't have asked for a nicer greeting or host.

Where do I begin to try and describe the amazing stay I had with Shelley in Ladysmith... The house is situated in a perfect location for hiking and exploring the downtown area. The decor from all her travels and the cleanliness had me feeling right at home. Shelley herself is definitely my soul sister for life!! She invited me to an art opening/ukulele performance my first evening where we got to know each other and I could quickly tell my short but sweet stay would be enriched by planning more activities together. We finished up the evening with a jam session..singing some awesome songs together while Shelley played guitar. After a lovely breakfast of a healthy homemade smoothie and soda bread we spent an amazing day hiking up to Heart and Stocking lake and enjoyed 2 breaks to swim in the pristine lake before heading back to share more stories of adventures and life over yummy food and drinks at a local pub. It was definitely bittersweet leaving on my final morning since I shared such a genuine connection with Shelley and a mutual zest for living life to its very fullest! I'm confident the universe will bring us together again soon for more shared adventures!!
Bring on the next adventures, I say! You're a treasure, Emily. xo

Shelley is a gracious host extraordinaire!! She warmly extended and invitation to participate in so many wonderful experiences. Music, hiking, art galleries and a personal tour of all that Ladysmith has to offer. Outstanding host, great location and all that you’ll need on site for a great getaway! Highly recommend!!

Shelley is thoughtful and attentive to detail. As well as being a fascinating person with insight, heart, and humour, she makes great smoothies! Additionally she lives near beautiful Holland Creek Trail, which I have walked many times (though not on this quick trip down island).

The house is easy to get to and is only 10 minutes from Nanaimo Airport. Shelley is very welcoming and hospitable. She provided delicious food and plenty of drinks. We went on a lovely hike, where we saw a raccoon; I am slower at walking uphill than Shelley, but she generously allowed 20 minutes extra time for us to complete the full route of our hike. I was jet-lagged, having flown in from the UK, so the hike was just what I needed to wake me up. We found plenty to talk about, including travel and music. In summary, this was the perfect way to start my Vancouver Island vacation.

Once again, I loved staying at Shelley's cozy, quiet and light-filled home. The location is ideal access to an amazing hiking trail is but a short walk away. Shelley is an exceptional hostess and human being. If you're looking for an affordable "home away from home", look no further.

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