Monday, 6 July 2015

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse- Our West Coast Maritime History

A great park to explore, located near Victoria, BC, is Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. This coast artillery fort, which was originally built in the late 1890's to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base, is a wonderful and historic park with lots to see.

The main attraction is the beautiful Fisgard Lighthouse. Built in 1860, this lighthouse was the first on the west coast of Canada.

Fisgard Lighthouse
The lighthouse was draped in the Canadian flag for Canada Day celebrations this year.

Fort Rodd Hill also has beautiful viewpoints, and many interesting old military buildings to explore.

View Across the Water from the Top of Military Magazine

Head down the stairs to underground magazines and gun batteries more than 100 years old. 

Underground Magazine

Old Military Magazine and Supplies 
Explore some of the trails in the park, there are lots of places to picnic or to sit and looks at the views. Look for the Parks Canada red chairs!

Sit in the Red Chairs for the Best View 
Now head down to the beach for a walk. 

Driftwood Beaches
A short walk will lead you to Fisgard Lighthouse. 

Fisgard Lighthouse 
Enjoy this historic lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill Park!

Happy Canada Day!

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