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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

2015 Calendar of Events


18th Annual Historic Military Encampment

May 16 & 17, 2015

 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.

BioBlitz 2015

May 22 & 23, 2015

A six-year old girl looking at a small fish in a plastic bag. The fish was captured for a closer look, yet being handled with care
Come by the beach to meet interesting friends
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A BioBlitz is a fun 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, and other community members work together to find and identify as many different plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.
Discover, count, map and learn about the living creatures. Work side-by-side with experts. Add to the site’s official species list. Highlight the importance of protecting the biodiversity of these extraordinary National Historic Sites.

Two ways to participate:

  • Drop-in for family activities on the beach, forest and meadow. Friday night and Saturday. No registration. Regular entry fees apply.
  • Register as a volunteer expert or citizen scientist on May 22 and/or 23. Families with older children are encouraged to volunteer for a half or full day. Registered volunteers do not pay site entry fees. To register as a BioBlitz volunteer:

Historical Timeline

June 17-21, 2015

Two teenage girls learn to beat flax in the medieval customs
Muscle raw flax ‘til it becomes a soft cloth
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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, 2015

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 12, 2015

 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.

Take a hike!--on Parks Day

July 18, 2015

Two young ladies walking on a shoreline nature trail
A fun coastline walk
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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.
For further information:

Learn to Camp

July 18 & 19, 2015

– 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

Art and Wine Festival at the Fort

July 26, 2015

Three lady-friends enjoy a glass of wine
A feast for your eyes and your taste buds
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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: 250-474-5287

Fab Forts

August 23, 2015

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 Sunday, August 23th 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 and live music will be on offer throughout the day and activities run from 11am-3:30pm.
Regular admission rates apply. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill!
No pets permitted.
10:30am to 4:00pm

21st Annual English Car Affair in the Park

September 13, 2015

Headlights and front chrome of a red antique car
Gleaming headlights and chrome
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At 10 a.m. 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 26, 2015

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 September 1, 2015.
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.