Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Colwood

Categories: Lighthouses, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Discover two adjacent historic sites at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, as you walk through history. Head to the lighthouse, the oldest one on the western coast of Canada, and learn about the history of Esquimalt Harbor. The lighthouse keeper's residence showcases the exhibits but the tower is closed to visitors, as it is still operational. At the nearby fort, explore military buildings and their displays through an audio tour. As an extra bonus, the beach adjacent to these sites is clean and inviting. Make Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites part of your personalized Colwood itinerary using our Colwood trip generator.
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  • When traveling we always like to seek out lighthouses. This was an easy one to get too, and was on the historic Fort Rodd Hill location. There was a small fee to enter the area, but not much. The actu...  read more »
  • I was going backwards... Finally it was fine because it is a fort in Western Canada and we didn't know it was a base control and training during the 2nd war... And all this is well explained on all signs in French. The ride until the Lighthouse is nice, you can even consider to bring his picnic lunch on the beach or in the park where there are tables. The Lighthouse is "furnished" film is also in French and quite unsuitable for a family with children. Nice, quiet and instructive visit... Cheap! You can even request by going to the site to stay in the tents that must be copies of what is military had to use... See the site of the fort. There is a small educational garden to explain local wildlife and cultures... In short a good visit
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  • This is an amazing place. It is currently under major restoration at the moment though and the lower battery is closed. They have also added lights throughout the entire property. Must look amazing at...  read more »
  • As a history buff I find the place interesting if not important. The place dates to the early inception of Canada from 1878 until as of late 1956.Fort Rodd Hill was built as a coastal artillery fortification to protect Victoria and the naval base of Esquimalt.After world war 2 and new technologies the fort was closed and now Parks Canada is the custodian of the property. The lighthouse was originally built in 1860 is nationally important as the first lighthouse on Canada's rugged west coast.
  • Super cool place to investigate. When you enter you star at an old military base from the turn of the century. You can walk through most of the old buildings and check it out. The light house is pretty cool. No access to the top of the light house was kind of a bummer but not big deal. All around work the $3 admission
  • Lots of history. Some rooms in the buildings you can't get into for obvious reasons, being renoed or not safe. Some displays and buildings are in the process of being build or restored. If your a history buff, definitely worth seeing. Make sure your bring your Parks Canada Discovery pass for free admission.
  • I was just expecting a lighthouse, but it is much more than that. For a very low price and you can walk around the old battlements and lighthouse. Some great reviews and decent exhibits. Worth a visit.
  • Nice place to go and walk around. The Fort Rodd site sure has been neglected for quite a few years, and a lot of the signage is very dated, with many of the shelters poorly lit and very few artifact displays. However, it is very clear that upgrades are being done as much of the place is under construction with amenities being added, and you can very clearly tell which areas are up to a decent standard of what I would define as a "Historical site". The Fisgard Lighthouse is beautiful and is very photogenic. The admission price is right for the condition the site is in right now, however I wouldn't pay much more than the current price (Approx. $3.90/person), and the Lighthouse is more than worth it.
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