Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Colwood

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 a part of your Colwood vacation plans using our Colwood trip planner .
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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites Reviews
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  • September 10, 2017
    Excellent for both history and scenery. Fort Rood Hill was the mainstay of Victoria's coastal defenses from the 19th Century through to World Wars I & II. The Fishguard lighthouse is the oldest on Can...  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    These two sites are co-located near the entrance to Eskimault Harbor, the home of the Canadian Pacific Fleet. The Lighthouse was built to protect what became the naval anchorage, as was the fort. Fort...  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    We went there by public bus, so it's a bit of a long walk from the bus station to the entrance. From the ticket booth, there will be small info. board explaining the buildings and things that are exhi...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Such a neat spot! We took toddlers and babies in strollers and it was great. The lighthouse is very interesting, the grassy field would make for a nice picnic spot, there are tables, gravel paths, and lots to see! The reenactment folks with supplies and vehicles were very interesting. We enjoyed sitting on the beach and throwing rocks before exploring.
  • June 11, 2017
    Very cool history behind the site. The restoration work seems to breath new life into this historic landmark
  • May 2, 2017
    Love this place. Great day spot. Being a picnic. Neat facility and displays. Really looking forward to the renos being done!
  • April 13, 2017
    Super interesting old military facility right in what is now a beautiful national park! Check out some Canadian military history if you like, or just enjoy the beautiful views, the beach, and the lighthouse! Lots of birds and seals hang out in this area.
  • April 8, 2017
    It's free for Canada's 150th anniversary. I don't think you even need the pass from BC Parks to get that deal - they just offer it to everyone (and have spare passes for you if you didn't get one online). Lovely, quiet space to walk around and hear the birds, see the ocean, see history and hang around old garry oak trees. I highly recommend this place as a stop if you're visiting, even though it's outside of the regular downtown core.

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