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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

2014 Calendar of Events

AUGUST
SEPTEMBER


18th Annual Historic Military Encampment

May 16-18, 2014

Authentic uniforms and historic military vehicles
Authentic uniforms and historic military vehicles!
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Stroll through the fort amidst marquee and bell tents representing various periods from the 1850s to the 1950s. Admire equipment, uniforms and motor vehicles from Canada’s military past. You’ll be fascinated by the authenticity of the re-enactors, as they chat to you about life generations ago.


Historical Timeline

June 19-25, 2014 

Costumes and demonstrations
Costumes and demonstrations
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Come journey through time and wake-up centuries ago. Look, smell, listen… From the middle ages to early modern history, stroll along the timeline and join various groups who celebrate history as they take pride in displaying their colourful clothing, uniforms, tools and creative masterpieces. Be inspired by their stories and join the entertainment.


Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2014  

Happy Birthday Canada!
Happy Birthday Canada!
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Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Come celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement. Just clap your hands, or dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day. Be a kid again, jump in and take part in all the fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.

NOTE: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE.


11th Annual Vintage Cadillac Car Show

July 13, 2014

Chrome, fins and hood ornament 
Chrome, fins and hood ornaments
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Join the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Cadillac Car Club of B.C. for Canada’s largest Cadillac show! With close to a hundred cars, the show offers every variety of this luxury marque: the sleek roadsters of the ´30s, the ´50s classics (all pastels, fins and chrome), ambulances, hearses, custom jobs, low-riders, and cutting-edge current models.


Take a Hike! On Parks Day

July 19, 2014

A fun walk for all
A fun walk for all
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Lace up your hiking boots and celebrate Canada’s Parks Day by joining the Juan de Fuca Pathfinders Walking Club for a scenic 10 km ramble through the byways of Colwood. The walk finishes with a loop through Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, followed by a picnic with the club. This is an officially sanctioned Volkssport International event.


Art and Wine Festival at the Fort

July 27, 2014  

Local artists display their favourite pieces
Local artists present their favourite pieces
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The Colwood Rotary Club presents a summer festival featuring local artists and wineries.

Relax and stroll through the display tents where local artists showcase their finest pieces. Let your eyes relish the colourful canvases and feast on the graceful curves of pottery. Choose your favourite item; imagine how stunning it will look in your home and go ahead treat yourself, you truly deserve it.

Then carry on, inciting your taste buds; it’s time to uncork some new flavours. Several local wineries have selected their best vintage wines just for you. Sample “fleshy” (soft and smooth), “lively” (fresh and fruity), or “chewy” (rich and full-bodied) wines. Which one will you choose to take home and toast to the acquisition of your new art piece?

All proceeds go to the Colwood Rotary Picnic Playground at Westshore Parks.

For further information, contact the Rotary Club of Colwood at 250-474-5287.


World War Commemorations. Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War

August 8-10, 2014

Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War
Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War
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Bring the sights, smells, sounds and taste of Victoria 100 years ago to your family.

Costumed re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association and Parks Canada bring the last days of peace to life, when families gathered to make happy memories before the soldiers sailed overseas.

Dress in your best "Downton Abbey" style; bring an old-fashioned family picnic to enjoy in the shade of Garry oak trees. Join up at the Recruitment Tent--trainee soldiers will receive a broom handle, some basic kit, and learn 1914 infantry drill movements! If you're brave enough, sample boiled bully beef and hard tack from our 1914 field kitchen!

Join in the family tug o' war--or are croquet and cricket are more your style? Sip a cup of tea--or a chilled period soda--with the Patriotic League of Victoria as the bands of the 5th Field Regiment, RCA and The Canadian Scottish play. Period weapons demonstrations will put a whiff of cordite in the air, and open-air programs will examine topics like "You expect me to eat that?": Soldiers rations of 1914" and "First to Serve: Victoria's Nursing Sisters."


Fab Forts

August 17, 2014

Bang! Boom! Kaboom!
Bang! Boom! Kaboom!

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Bang! Boom! Kaboom! The impenetrable walls of Fort Rodd Hill come to life with the biggest and loudest artillery salute of the summer. Experience the thunderous sounds, smells and sensations of the Second World War with the firing of authentic historic weapons. Keep all your senses alert, it’s not over... Admire the historic military vehicles on display, chill-out and enjoy live entertainment while the kids laugh as they test their skills on the inflatable obstacle course.


Learn to Camp

Aug 23-24

Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes!
Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes!
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Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are hosting “Learn to Camp”. Participating families will stay overnight in a tent at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. While making new friends and enjoying breathtaking scenery, you will learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay safe around wildlife. Space is limited!

For more information visit: www.parkscanada.gc.ca. To register call: 1-888-773-8888


19th Annual English Car Affair in the Park

September 14, 2014

Gleaming headlights and chrome  
Gleaming headlights and chrome 
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At 10 am precisely, the skirl of the pipes will herald the start of this very popular event. Over a hundred classic and vintage British automobiles will festoon Fort Rodd Hill’s open meadow. Sponsored by the Old English Car Club of B.C., this event will delight connoisseurs and intrigue newcomers. Each year, vehicles of a selected marque are showcased under the streamers of the maypole.


Lantern Tour

September 27, 2014

An event full of surprises 
An event full of surprises
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Grab your coats and step into time as Fort Rodd Hill opens its doors for an exclusive, after-dark guided tour. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on re-enactors in uniform going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at Rodd Hill during the period from 1897 to 1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way!