2014 Summer Program
July 2 - September 1, 2014
The power and speed of Belmont’s 12-pounder guns© Parks Canada
Join our guide to find out about "the fastest gun in the west" and how this WW2 technological marvel fired the very last shots from the Victoria-Esquimalt fortress.
Come try it, everyone is welcome© Parks Canada
Artist in Residence: Your Turn!
Come and make art inspired by your historic and natural surroundings--join an artist from the Coast Collective Art Centre. Let your creativity soar with a sketching trip to the lighthouse, a 'plein aire' painting lesson, or temporary artwork on the beach at low tide! All materials supplied.
Ta...ra...ta...ta...ta...ta...ta…© Parks Canada
Bring a camera and prepare for the loudest history lesson ever! Join our guides for a thunderous demonstration of 20th century firepower, featuring the WW2 Bren machine gun, Lee-Enfield rifles and more. You won't forget this ever-popular program!
WWII Bren Gun© Gary Woodward
A Soldier's Best Friend
Your chance to get up close and personal with historic Canadian weapons. See the infamous Ross rifle, notorious for jamming in the mud of France and Flanders. Admire the workmanship of the Lee-Enfield No 4, which landed in Normandy with our troops on D-Day. Find out why his rifle was a soldier's best friend!
Go ahead; get your hands dirty... or not!© Parks Canada
Garden Glove Tour
Join a Parks Canada naturalist in our Garry Oak Learning Meadow to learn how we're restoring an acre of former lawn to native wildflowers. Learn to identify some common native plants and some of their traditional uses by First Nations. Learn what Parks Canada is doing to preserve endangered species in our own backyard and take home ideas for your own property.
Look at me and my friends!© Parks Canada
Ready for Action
Come strike a pose and take a selfie behind the wheel of the 1942 Willys jeep. Children’s dress up program included.
Super fun to be able to touch things!© Parks Canada
Meet a Parks Canada Guide or Naturalist
Come find us out on the grounds, at the Garry Oak Learning Meadow or in the Visitor Centre. We love to share our knowledge, passion and expertise.
Having fun learning all about endangered species© Parks Canada
Species at Risk
Come visit our Species at Risk booth to learn about the endangered Garry oak ecosystems of Vancouver Island.
Colourful display inside and out© Parks Canada
Artist in Residence
The red brick house (Warrant Officer's Quarters) on the main path becomes a gallery for art inspired by the cultural and natural surroundings of Fort Rodd Hill. Meet an artist from the Coast Collective Art Centre, and let them draw you in with the creative process!