Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

How to get there

Vehicle | Bus | Bicycle

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are located on the south tip of Vancouver Island, in the WestShore area of Victoria. The WestShore, as the locals call it, has four communities: Colwood, Langford, View Royal, and Metchosin.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada - Map 
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada - Map
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How to get there with a vehicle

There is plenty of FREE parking and special drive-through RV stalls at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

From Vancouver (via Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay – BC Ferries)
  • Travel south on Highway 17 (Pat Bay) for about 25 km.
  • Take the McKenzie Avenue exit and turn right; follow the signs leading to Highway 1 (Trans-Canada).
  • Turn right on Highway 1.
  • Take Exit 10 (Colwood), which becomes Highway 1A (Old Island Hwy).
  • Remain on Highway 1A for about 3km.
  • At the fifth traffic light, turn left onto Ocean Boulevard.
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  • Follow the signs.
From downtown Victoria
  • Follow Douglas Street north onto Highway 1 (Trans-Canada) and travel about 8 km.
  • Take Exit 10 (Colwood), which becomes Highway #1A (Old Island Hwy).
  • Remain on Highway 1A for about 3 km.
  • At the fifth traffic light, turn left onto Ocean Boulevard.
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  •  Follow the signs.
From Nanaimo or north island
  • Travel south on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada).
  • Take Exit 11 (View Royal/Colwood); merge onto Six Mile Road.
  • At the traffic light, turn right onto Old Island Highway.
  • At the third traffic light, turn left onto Ocean Boulevard.
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  • Follow the signs.
From Sooke or Port Renfrew
  • Take Sooke Road, heading towards Victoria.
  • Turn right on Ocean Boulevard.
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  • Follow the signs.

How to get there by bus

While BC Transit offers a comfortable and reliable mode of transport, there is unfortunately no door-to-door service to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites; it is important to know that there is a two-kilometre walk from the last bus stop to the sites. Some transit busses are equipped with bike racks, using your bike could speed-up your travelling time. For schedules, fares or further information visit www.transitbc.com/regions/vic

From Victoria
  • Northbound on Douglas St, take bus 50 towards Langford (about 25 minutes).
  • Get off at the Western Exchange.
  • Walk southwest to Ocean Boulevard (which leads into a forested area).
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  • Follow the signs.
From BC Ferries terminal (Swartz Bay)
  • Take bus 70 towards downtown Victoria (about 38 minutes).
  • Get off at the Uptown shopping centre, at Blanshard Street and Saanich Road.
  • Walk west on Saanich Road to nearby Douglas Street (west side of the Uptown shopping centre).
  • Take bus 50 towards Langford (about 12 minutes).
  • Get off at the Western Exchange.
  • Walk southwest to Ocean Boulevard.
  • The sites are about 1.5 km down this road.
  • Follow the signs.

How to get there by bicycle

The Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails are picturesque multi-use trails, formerly railway lines that travel through urban, rural and wilderness scenery. Both trails are part of the Trans-Canada Trail, a national multi-use, coast-to-coast trail system. “The Goose” intersects with the Lochside Trail, which makes travelling through Victoria’s suburbs a pleasant and easy biking experience, with several sections being paved. For further information and downloadable maps consult www.crd.bc.ca/parks/galloping-goose/index.htm

NOTE: Bikes are not allowed on site, but bike racks are available at the entrance. Also, some transit buses are equipped with bike racks, using your bike could speed-up your travelling time.

From Victoria via the Galloping Goose Trail (about 1 to 1 ½ hour)
  • Travel east on Pandora Street over the Johnson Street Bridge.
  • Turn right on Harbour Road then enter onto the Galloping Goose Trail.
  • Follow along the trail for a couple of kilometers then up a pedestrian overpass that crosses over the Island Highway (at UpTown Mall) leading to the Galloping Goose/Lockside trail intersection.
  • Turn left.
  • Follow the dedicated trail for 8 kilometers until the trail ends at Wale Rd.
  • Turn left and use the cross walk where the dedicated trail ends to get to the other side of Wale Rd.
  • There are bike paths in both directions.
  • Follow Wale Rd a very short distance to the intersection with the Island Highway.
  • Go straight ahead through this intersection and proceed onto Ocean Boulevard.
  • Follow the signs to Fort Rodd Hill NHS along Ocean Boulevard.
From BC Ferries terminal - Swartz Bay - via the Lochside Trail (about 2 ½ hours)
  • When departing BC ferries terminal, stay along the chain fence to your left.
  • Follow the fence through the ferry traffic parking area, to the closed chain link gate left of the ferry ticket kiosks.
  • BC Ferry staff in the Control Tower will see you standing there and open the gate remotely.
  • Turn right and follow the Lockside Trail signs.
  • You will parallel the Pat Bay Highway on the left side of the road.
  • The trail will lead you into the Town of Sidney.
  • From Beacon Avenue (Sidney’s main street) turn right on 5th avenue which become Lockside Dr further on.
  • Follow Lockside Drive until you get to the McDonald's Restaurant about 5 km from Sidney.
  • Continue to travel south on the Lochside Trail for about 18-20 kilometers where you will come to a trail intersection (near the Uptown Mall).
  • Go straight through at the trail intersection onto the Galloping Goose Trail.
  • Follow the dedicated trail for 8 kilometers until the trail ends at Wale Rd.
  • Turn left and use the cross walk where the dedicated trail ends to get to the other side of Wale Rd.
  • There are bike paths in both directions.
  • Follow Wale Rd a very short distance to the intersection with the Island Highway.
  • Go straight ahead through this intersection and proceed onto Ocean Boulevard.
  • Follow the signs to Fort Rodd Hill NHS along Ocean Boulevard.