2016 Summer Program
June 1 - June 30, 2016
July 2 - September 7, 2016
*Additional fee applies for Airsoft Challenge. Purchase ticket at entry kiosk before program start time or at program location during event times.
***Schedule subject to change. Please check the special events schedule.
A smiling face always welcomes your questions
Come find us out on the grounds, at the Garry Oak Learning Meadow or in the Welcome Centre. We love to share our knowledge, passion and expertise.
Look at me and my friends!© Maxine Lauro-Gee
Come strike a pose and take a selfie behind the wheel of the 1942 Willys jeep. Children’s dress up program included.
Ta..ra..ta..ta..ta..ta..ta…..© Gary Woodward
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!
Protecting their military equipment to better protect themselves
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!
Super fun to be able to touch things!
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.
How far can this gun fire?
Come and learn about Fort Rodd Hill’s first soldiers. Learn about how they travelled thousands of kilometers to get here and find out how many of them decided to stay in Victoria after they finished installing the guns. Discover why they wore those sharp blue uniforms- aren't the British known as "red coats"? Sign up for a short enlistment and get the feel of what is was like to be a "Soldier of Queen Victoria". Seven year enlistment is now entirely optional!
Will you hit the Bull’s-Eye?
Ready, aim… now it’s your turn! Do you have what it takes to be a skilled soldier? With a battery-powered Airsoft replica Tommy gun, proceed to the custom-designed safety range and challenge yourself and others. Focus, be still and precise. Single shot or full automatic? Who will hit the bull’s-eye first? Claim your bragging rights with your take-home customized target.
Please note: Additional fee applies. All safety equipment, trained Parks Canada instructor and magazine with about 30 rounds included. Purchase ticket at entry kiosk before program start time. Must be 10 years or older to participate.
Treasures and rare objects
Get a feel for history as you don your white gloves, learn the secrets and stories of our historic artifacts and get up close and personal with some special treasures from our collection.