Ladysmith, where you can cross the 49th parallel without needing a passport! Thanks to the Oregon Treaty of 1846, the US border with British Columbia territory was established at the 49th parallel. However, Vancouver Island was allowed to remain under the crown rather than adopting the stars and stripes. Take some time to explore this fascinating town, which was created for industrial reasons years later. Don’t forget to capture a memorable photo at the 100-year-old “Aggie Hall,” where you can symbolically “cross the line.”
Vancouver Island is the only place west of Ontario where you can head south of the 49th parallel and not be in the U.S.
The matching western cedar pillars were installed in 2017. The markers were fashioned after the two original signs erected in the late 1800’s. The original signs installed over 100 years ago were located at 1st Avenue and Methuen Street and 1st Avenue and Symonds Street to mark the downtown boundaries in Ladysmith. The sign was donated in 2014 and is now on display at Ladysmith Museum.
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Built-in just seven weeks, the Agricultural Hall, or Aggie, has long been the heart of Ladysmith’s social life, hosting community and sporting events. Rock legends Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis played here. It is also home to the Air Cadets, who were instrumental in restoring the building in the 1980s.
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