August
September

Fab Forts

August 19

Six young boys, water guns in hand and already wait are posing
Victoria’s largest squirt gun battle is once again coming to the Fort! Join us at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada's annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to Storm the Fort. Face painting, cardboard fort building and many other activities run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill.

Schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Get your face painted under the big tent in the main field.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Amazing Race inspired “Commando Training.”
  • Noon - 2:30 p.m. – Water gun battle practise field open. Get ready for the big battle ahead!
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Giant cardboard fort decoration.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Team cardboard fort building competition.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – The great water gun fight begins at Belmont Battery. You won’t make it out dry! 

Throughout the day:

  • Interact with the historical re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactors Association and the Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages.
  • Make a button with the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum.
  • Visit with soldiers of the Fifth Regiment and learn about the Howitzer gun.
  • Snacks and hot dogs available from the Ladies Auxiliary food stand.
  • Our mascot Parka will also pay us a special visit.

Lantern tour

September 23

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

Grab your coats and step back 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 Fort 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 7pm - 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. Cost: $10 per person, payable by cash only for VEMRA.