Ladysmith, A Town of the Past

Written by Margot B

Ladysmith BC on Vancouver Island is only a 85 km (53 mi) drive north of Victoria BC on Hwy 1...a short trip filled with ocean and mountain views. Ladysmith BC is 26 km 16 (mi) south of Nanaimo BC. South of Nanaimo, closer to Ladysmith is Cassidy, home torepparttar Nanaimo Airport andrepparttar 148885 Duke Point Ferry Terminal providing various easy access points torepparttar 148886 Ladysmith BC area.

Recreation includes water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, diving, boating, and water-skiing. The archipelago of islands aroundrepparttar 148887 Ladysmith area makes it one ofrepparttar 148888 most popular paddle sport destinations in N. America. There are three marinas: two are public, and one is commercial. Attractions include Skateboard park, par 3 golf courses.

Transfer Beach Park is a popular spot for swimmers, picnics and large gatherings. Popular attractions arerepparttar 148889 amphitheatre, logger sport facilities, horseshoe pitch, barbecue huts, kids playgrounds, sand volleyball and basketball courts, concession stand, and kayak rentals. It is a well-planned and attractive park with acres of grass and flowerbeds, surrounded by big trees.

Behind Ladysmith inrepparttar 148890 hills is a 4-kilometer hike through a rainforest with bridges, wildlife and waterfalls. This area includes Stocking Lake, one ofrepparttar 148891 two main sources of Ladysmith's drinking water.

Ladysmith has focused its interest on attracting tourism by setting up world-renowned annual festivals and events. In spring there is a two-day festival which attracts hundreds of paddle sport enthusiasts for boating fun, food and music. On Canada Day there is cake, fun and music on Ladysmith's historic waterfront. On BC Day there is a daylong weekend parade, a soapbox derby, logger sports, games, rides, music, entertainment and fireworks.. Ladysmith Fall Fair in late August or September, showcases Ladysmith and area talents in horticulture, arts and crafts, home economics, beer and winemaking.

There are two main shopping areas:repparttar 148892 First Avenue inrepparttar 148893 downtown area andrepparttar 148894 modern Coronation Mall onrepparttar 148895 Island Highway, with a wide variety of shops, services and eateries.

Ladysmith, with its downtown heritage buildings, was named one ofrepparttar 148896 ten prettiest towns in Canada by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine. Ladysmith has been givenrepparttar 148897 National Communities in Bloom Award with a 5-Bloom rating, with a special mention for Heritage Conservation.

Volcano Tours In Baņos Ecuador

Written by Steve Gilman

In June of 2004, my wife and I spent a week in Banos, Ecuador. Our clean hotel room, with cable TV, cost $6 per night. It was $12 normally, but we're good negotiators. We paid just $1 for lunch each day ($2.25 total for both, with tip), which was usually chicken, rice, beans, salad and juice. Sometimes we splurged and paid $1.50 at a nicer place.

Evenings we went to Santo Pecado ("saint/sinner") or one ofrepparttar other discos. Our favorite was Tuparina, perhaps due torepparttar 148781 huayusa, a drink made of a psychadelic plant collected byrepparttar 148782 family ofrepparttar 148783 owner. Most days I played chess inrepparttar 148784 open market inrepparttar 148785 center of town, with Manolo or Rene, or other locals.

Getting Into Hot Water In Baņos

There are two hot spring facilities in Baņos, and two with cold water. These are some ofrepparttar 148786 best hot springs in Ecuador. One is atrepparttar 148787 base of a waterfall that tumbles fromrepparttar 148788 mountain above. You can walk to it from anywhere in town, and it costs just a dollar, or a little more if you want to enjoyrepparttar 148789 mineral-rich waters underrepparttar 148790 stars each evening. A sign documentsrepparttar 148791 various minerals that are inrepparttar 148792 water, and many come to alleviate their arthritis or other illnesses.

Volcano Tours In Baņos

Ofrepparttar 148793 dozens of volcanos in Ecuador, several are active. One ofrepparttar 148794 most active is Tungurahua, which overlooks Banos. To see it, you need to get out of town, because Baņos is set deep inrepparttar 148795 surrounding lush, green mountains, which blockrepparttar 148796 view. The best way to get a good look is on a "volcano tour." There are a couple operations in Banos that take you on tours to see an eruption. Watch for one ofrepparttar 148797 "chivas" circling town and blasting loud music inrepparttar 148798 evening. A chiva is an open-sided bus of sorts, with seating inside or onrepparttar 148799 roof.

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