Common menu bar links

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

Activities

Games at the Lighthouse | GPSpy | Wildlife Watching | Birdwatching | Photography | Picnicking | Winter Storm Watching

Playing Games at the Lighthouse

 From vintage to new high-tech games
From vintage to new high-tech games
© Parks Canada

Step inside the Fisgard Lighthouse and release your inner child. Find the old trunks; one of them reveals a game of checkers—or “draughts” as the old British lighthouse keepers would say. Place your pieces and find a valiant opponent to take on the challenge. After this “old fashioned” diversion, proceed to the new state-of-the-art video games and see if you have what it takes to steer a 19th-century schooner or a present-day naval patrol vessel into the harbour. Grip the wooden spokes or the steel helm, set the difficulty level for “new recruit” or “master mariner,” and manoeuvre safely or crash onto the rocky shore... it’s all up to you.

Oh, and once you’re done, don’t forget to let the kids play too!


GPSpy

Let Explora guide you through the latest spy game. 
Let Explora guide you through the latest spy game.
© Parks Canada

Underground tunnels, camouflaged searchlight emplacements, hidden inscriptions, secret signals... you’re on the hunt for adventure. Forget your old spy games and gadgets, you are now equipped with Explora, a handheld GPS device to help you unfold the most challenging enigmas. Tread carefully while infiltrating the fort, Explora will secretly tell you when and what to look for from your precise global coordinates. Be ready to detect facets of Fort Rodd Hill you would have never guessed existed.

Currently the use of an Explora handheld GPS device, while visiting Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites, is included with your admission fee.


Wildlife Watching

A river otter resting on the rocky shore 
A river otter resting on the rocky shore
© Parks Canada

What an amazing feeling to encounter wildlife in their natural environment. Elusive and quiet, when you spot one behind a Garry oak tree, on the rocky shore or between two waves, it will come as a surprised… a rewarding surprise! One that will put a smile on your face, because you know it’s a privileged to have seen a Columbian blacktail deer, a bouncing mink, a conniving raccoon, a playful river otter, a lurking harbour seal, a robust sea lion or maybe even a dorsal of a whale passing in the far distance.


Birdwatching

The majestic Bald eagle finding small animals to prey on
The majestic Bald eagle finding small animals to prey on
© Parks Canada

Stick your nose up in the air; bald eagles are often soaring above the hills at Fort Rodd or catching the uplifting ocean air by the lighthouse. Seagulls, turkey vultures and occasionally golden eagles do the same. While they conquer the heights, pelagic and meadow birds take on the calm waters. Great blue herons tip-toe in the shallow shorelines, harlequin and eider ducks rock to small waves, and delicate colourful songbirds scatter to their busy life.


Photography

Fisgard Lighthouse
Capturing colours and movement
© Parks Canada

Ready, aim and shoot. Fisgard’s bold colours and the fort’s unusual lines and angles highlight authentic architectural details. The dappled light of the Garry oak meadows and the diverse wildlife provide a spectrum of exclusive moments. Endless opportunities for photographers to ascertain and create exist at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

With changing seasons, weather and lighting, with distinct buildings, diverse wildlife, coastal and upland landscapes, and with the multitude of marine vessels passing by, comes a huge range of subject matter to be captured.


Picnicking

Enjoying a picnic
One of the best picnic spots, right in front of Canada’s first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada
© Parks Canada

The most scenic and romantic picnic spots in picturesque Victoria are offered at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Discover the water’s edge, south facing beaches, grassy knolls, open fields or Garry Oak meadows.  Here you will find the perfect setting for your relaxing mid-day break.

Homemade sandwiches in your bag-lunch, hot chocolate from your thermos or special treats in your hamper, just pack whatever fancies your taste buds. A cozy blanket is all you’ll need, but several picnic tables, including some for disabled visitors, are available both in the open and under the historic tent. Hey, why not picnic in style with a flowery table cloth, matching table set, and plastic champagne glasses filled with giggling bubbles of your favorite soda.

Didn’t pack any food? No worries - there are several food providers in the neighborhood. From healthy sandwiches to fast food restaurants, grab what you like on the way to the site.

Please note: there are no fires or barbeques permitted on site.


Winter Storm Watching

Winter storm watching at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
Winter storm watching at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse 
© Parks Canada 

Grab your warmest coat, rain boots and scarf and come storm watching at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.  As you approach the water's edge, you taste the air filled with salty droplets, and feel the powerful waves crash on the nearby bluffs. Nature's winter storms are so invigorating!

Look up, Fisgard Lighthouse stands tall beside you, sending its message of warmth and safety. Stepping inside brings welcome relief from the whipping winds. Rain splattering against the windows, you enjoy a game of checkers, and muse on the lonely life of Fisgard's keepers, working here day and night, in all weather.