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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

2016 Calendar of Events


Annual Historic Military Encampment

May 20 & 23, 2016

 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: Women on the Home Front 

June 16 - 19, 2016

Two young female interpreter dressed in a Canadian Women Army Corps uniform sitting in a 1942 Willy’s Jeep.
Fighting on the Home Front
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Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this four-day event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Step back in time to honour women of the second world war and learn about the important contributions they made on the home front.

Dress in your best 1940s style outfit, or throw on a pair of coveralls and a polka dot headscarf – just like Rosie the Riveter on the famous “We can do it” propaganda poster. Learn the history of Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl, and learn what the acronym 'CWAC' means. Sit behind the wheel of the 1942 Willy’s Jeep for a selfie, master the art of Victory roll creation, or take a knitting lesson. Get your family and friends to play along and join in the fun!

 Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2016

A retired couple wearing Canada red colour T-shirts pose with their arms up in front of Fisgard lighthouse and the huge Canadian flag hanging from the top of its tower
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.
Special note: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE.

 Annual Vintage Cadillac Car Show

July 10, 2016

 Close up of four black Cadillac on display
Chrome, fins and hood ornament
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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.

Learn to Camp

July 23 & 24, 2016

– A parent and 3 year-old daughter pocking through the yellow tent door 
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, they will learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay safe around wildlife.
Space is very limited!
For more information visit: Learn to Camp Experiences
To register call: 1-888-773-8888

Fab Forts

August 20, 2016

Six young boys, water guns in hand and already wait are posing
Staying dry in not an option!
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Victoria’s largest squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort! Join us at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 20th with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada's annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to Storm the Fort; then join a game of Capture the Flag or test your aim with Target Practice. Face painting will be on offer throughout the day and activities run from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Regular admission rates apply. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill! No pets permitted.  

Fab Forts Schedule:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WWII Demonstrations by the Victoria-Esquimalt
Military Re-enactor Associations
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Platoon Challenge Scavenger hunt
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Capture the Flag
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ready for Action
12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come find our Parks Canada mascot Parka!
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Colour a Fort
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Target Practice (Test your water gun
skills at our fun squirting range!)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Firepower Demonstration
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Face painting (Get camouflaged for
the biggest water gun fight in town!)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Water gun fight!
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Airsoft Programs (cost $7.80/person,
must be at least 10 years old)

Lantern tour

September 24, 2016

Three re-enactors in period uniform from WW2 pose in front of a tent and a desk lid by a lantern
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 of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way!
Guided tours leave every 15 minutes from 7:00pm - 9:15pm.

This event is a fundraiser for our dedicated Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactors Association (VEMRA) volunteers.
Tickets available from the main entrance kiosk during site operational hours starting August 1.
Purchase your tickets early for this ever-popular event.
- $10 per person, payable by cash only for VEMRA.
- Plus regular admission payable by cash, debit or credit card, or use your annual pass.