Last Updated on November 8, 2020
Being Vancouverites, we often find that we take Victoria for granted and usually are quick to dismiss it as a desirable destination. That is, until we realized how much fascinating history there was to discover during our trip to Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. We love visiting sites that are just brimming with history and that allow us to “take a step back in time”. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse turned out to be a great place full of history.
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site is a 19th-century coastal artillery fort on the Colwood, British Columbia side of Esquimalt Harbour. The site is adjacent to Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada.
It was fun to learn about Fort Rodd Hill’s evolving role in the defence of Victoria-Esquimalt from 1895 to 1956. We were able to learn about the Fort’s military secrets, underground tunnels and bunkers. If you’re interested in old arterily, vehicles, and the interior of old bases of operations, this is a great stop for you. You can also take a walk out to the iconic Fisgard Lighthouse, a beacon for mariners for over 150 years. You’ll also find a breathtaking sight right before you as you witness the spectacular views of Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains.
We only wished there were more Rangers around to ask questions and tell more stories. There was still plenty of information to learn from all the signage, but we must not have been there at a peak time for all the extras. However, it was worth the stop for the knowledge and views alone. If you have the chance, go down to the Lighthouse. We were stopping on our way to the Ferry and didn’t have time to do the trek down. We made it just in time for the Ferry we had to catch!
We wished we had made time for camping overnight in one of the oTENTiks! It looked like a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy the site at night and see what life in the fort would have “really been like” back in the day.
Take a quick look at some of the great sights to see at these Historic Sites:
Fort Rodd Hill
We visited Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites during the Canada 150 campaign and were able to explore free of charge. Canada is a great wonderland; there is so much to explore!
What are some great historical sights you have enjoyed?