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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

2015 Summer Program

June 1 - June 30, 2015

MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
12pm  - - Gunners- On Target  - Gunners- On Target Gunners-
On Target
Gunners-
On Target
2pm - - - White Glove Talk - A Soldier's Best Friend A Soldier's Best Friend
3:30pm - - Ready for Action Ready for Action Ready for Action Airsoft Challenge* Airsoft Challenge*
All Day Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a Guide or Naturalist
- - - - Species at Risk Species at Risk Species at Risk

July 2 - September 7, 2015

MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
12pm - - Gunners- On Target  - Gunners- On Target Gunners- On Target Gunners- On Target
1pm White Glove Talk White Glove Talk - Arist in Residence: Your Turn! - Artist in Residence: Your Turn! -
2pm - - - White Glove Talk - Firepower or
A Soldier's Best Friend
Firepower or
A Soldier's Best Friend
3pm - - - - - Garden Glove Tour Garden Glove Tour
3:30pm Ready for Action Ready for Action Ready for Action Ready for Action Ready for Action Airsoft Challenge* Airsoft Challenge*
All Day Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a  Guide or Naturalist Meet a Guide or Naturalist
- - - Species at Risk Species at Risk Species at Risk Species at Risk
- - Artist in Residence Artist in Residence Artist in Residence Artist in Residence Artist in Residence

*Additional fee applies for Airsoft Challenge. Purchase ticket at entry kiosk before program start time.
***Schedule subject to change. Please check the special events schedule.


Parks Canada staff in uniform presenting a tray of grass
A smiling face always welcomes your questions
© Parks Canada

Meet a 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.



Ready for Action
Look at me and my friends!
© Maxine Lauro-Gee
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.



Two interpreters in period uniform fire the BREN machine. Fire blast visible while exiting the nuzzle
Ta..ra..ta..ta..ta..ta..ta…..
© Gary Woodward
Firepower

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!



Parks Canada staff in uniform hold a historic riffle and ammunitions
Protecting their military equipment to better protect themselves
© Parks Canada
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!



A six years old in WW2 kids dress-up uniform maneuvers the 12-poundersquick-firing guns controlling wheels
Super fun to be able to touch things!
© Parks Canada
Gunners—On Target

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.



 Close up of an artist getting ready to draw with watercolours
A fort and a lighthouse; inspiring locations for art projects
© 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!



An Asian mom and her daughter waving their Species at Risk stickers and temporary tattoos after a fun activity with a Parks Canada interpreter
Having fun learning all about endangered species
© Parks Canada
Species at Risk

Drop by our Species at Risk booth and learn about the rare and endangered species that call Fort Rodd Hill home.




Artist in Residence: Your Turn!
Come try it, everyone is welcome… adults too!
© 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.




A 13-years old boy practice target shooting while a Parks Canada staff supervises
Will you hit the Bull’s-Eye?
© Parks Canada
Airsoft Challenge
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.



Hands with white gloves on holding an WWI military compass
Treasures and rare objects
© Parks Canada 
White Glove Talk

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.




Garden Glove Tour
Go ahead; get your hands dirty... or not!
© Parks Canada
Garden Glove Tour

Come and join a Parks Canada naturalist in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow – a tranquil one-acre restored native plant garden surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Fort Rodd Hill. Discover the native species that grow in Garry Oak ecosystems and the way First Nations people, and later Canadian soldiers, used them in their everyday lives.