Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, Colwood

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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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  • A terrific way to spend three hrs. in Victoria, BC The lighthouse is a must see piece of history. The first of it's kind on the west coast of Canada. The fort has the old gun emplacements and the stru...  more »
  • This is a former military station from the 1800s. Old buildings mostly stone very scenic LIghthouse is at the end by water and you can visit inside. Next walk sometimes steep  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised by the nice fort and how much there was to do here. We had planned for an hour and ended up spending about two (small children) going through the batteries and seeing the ...  more »
  • 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.
  • Love this place. Great day spot. Being a picnic. Neat facility and displays. Really looking forward to the renos being done!
  • Very cool history behind the site. The restoration work seems to breath new life into this historic landmark
  • 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.
  • 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.