Ladysmith, A Town of the Past

Written by Margot B

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Ladysmith was originally known as Oyster Bay, formed inrepparttar late 1800s...then camerepparttar 148885 coal mining and logging industries. In 1986repparttar 148886 logging industry pulled out, and in 2003 Ladysmith introducedrepparttar 148887 Festival of Lights, which displays thousands of lights, fromrepparttar 148888 last Thursday of November tillrepparttar 148889 New Year, attracting over 10,000 people in one night and continuing torepparttar 148890 present day. An official light -up ceremony includes a parade, spaghetti dinner and fireworks.

James Dunsmuir, owner ofrepparttar 148891 mines, was laying out his new township of Oyster Harbor in 1900 when he received news that British troops underrepparttar 148892 command of General Buller had brokenrepparttar 148893 four month siege of Ladysmith in Natal province, South Africa and decided then that his new town would be named Ladysmith to honor this British victory ofrepparttar 148894 Anglo/South African war of 1899 to 1902. Ladysmith was used as a dormitory and recreation complex forrepparttar 148895 miners and their families and as a shipping port for coal fromrepparttar 148896 Extension Mines in Nanaimo. It was incorporated in 1904 andrepparttar 148897 town grew rapidly overrepparttar 148898 next few years mostly due torepparttar 148899 coal industry, but also because of copper excavated from Mount Sicker, which continued 'till 1912. The following yearrepparttar 148900 coal miners up and downrepparttar 148901 Island went on strike. Bombs targeted equipment and homes, prevailing for over a year whenrepparttar 148902 military was called in andrepparttar 148903 riots were crushed. Ten years laterrepparttar 148904 mines were shutting down asrepparttar 148905 demand for coal was dissipating andrepparttar 148906 coal getting harder to find. The areas residents turned to logging and other forms of employment afterrepparttar 148907 mines closed inrepparttar 148908 30s, but in 1933 1000s of trees toppled in a massive windstorm [known asrepparttar 148909 Big Wind] andrepparttar 148910 logging industry was born whenrepparttar 148911 Comox Logging & Railway Co usedrepparttar 148912 harbor as a shipping port.

Trail Guide: The Holland Creek Loop, The Heart Lake Loop, The Stocking Lake Loop, The Rotary Lookout Trail, The Estuary Trail, The Marine Walk. Developed throughrepparttar 148913 collaboration of volunteers, government grants, and staff.

by Margot B,

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Volcano Tours In Baņos Ecuador

Written by Steve Gilman

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My wife rode inside. After a tour ofrepparttar city with party music playingrepparttar 148781 whole time, we headed intorepparttar 148782 mountains. We enjoyedrepparttar 148783 fire-juggling entertainers on top ofrepparttar 148784 hill, andrepparttar 148785 free hot rum drinks, while looking down onrepparttar 148786 lights of Banos. We even saw Tungurahua spit up some lava. The two-hour experience, including drinks andrepparttar 148787 honor of helping push-startrepparttar 148788 chiva, cost $3 each.

Other Activities in Banos Ecuador

You can go to a nice zoo (bears, birds, tortoises and more), rent an ATV, bicycle to nearby waterfalls or tunnels, party in dozens of bars, buy avocados for 20 cents, see a recent movie in your own private viewing room for $1.50 per person (bring allrepparttar 148789 food and drinks you want) - and almost everything is within a few blocks of any hotel. Did I mention that Banos is beautiful, with a perfect climate year-round?

Baņos de Agua Santa, usually just called Baņos, is inrepparttar 148790 Andes Mountains, atrepparttar 148791 foot ofrepparttar 148792 volcano Tungurahua, in Ecuador, South America. A bus from Quito, eighty miles torepparttar 148793 north, will cost you less than five dollars.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U.S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. To read their stories, tips and travel information, visit:

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