Canada’s ‘Centennial Baby’ was Baywatch Bombshell Pamela Anderson of Ladysmith B.C.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Ladysmith, British Columbia – She was the first baby born as Canada celebrated its 100th birthday on July 1st, 1967. Today Pamela Anderson has one of the world’s most familiar faces, and of needless to say, one of the most recognizable bodies. She was born in Ladysmith, a town of less than 10,000,
located on the 49th parallel (latitude of Canada/US border), on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Anderson stepped on to the road to fame when she attended a B.C. Lions football game in Vancouver wearing a Labatt’s Beer t-shirt. The camera found her and the audience rocked. The beer company hired her for promotions and then she went on to television acting roles on Home Improvement, and then Baywatch, which catapulted Ladysmith’s Pamela Anderson to international fame.

Ladysmith is a hillside town with a harbour, 88km/ 53mi north of Victoria, with a population of about 7,000. Built in the late 19th and early 20th-century for miners from Nanaimo, the town is known for its warm seawaters and popular six-week Festival of Lights, which starts in late-November. Tourists travel here to take off on hiking, hunting and fishing trips, etc. From Victoria, the road trip to Ladysmith goes through the scenic Cowichan Valley.

In 2008 Pamela Anderson made the news when it was reported that she was developing eco-friendly 50-million dollar condo community on the waterfront in Ladysmith, on what was her grandparents property. That original project did not got through, but in 2012 it was reported in the Globe and Mail that she hope to break ground soon on another “small eco-property” (the leaf pin does not indicate the location of this property.)


Captain Tristan Dekoninck Way, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada