Historical Timeline: Women on the Home Front

June 17 - 18

A young woman dressed in a CWAC uniform sitting on a Bofors gun
Fighting on the home front

Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this two-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.

Come 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

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!

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.
NOTE: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE.

Annual Vintage Cadillac Car Show

July 9

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

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 15

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: jdfpathfinders.com

Learn to Camp

July 22-23

– A parent and 3 year-old daughter pocking through the yellow tent door
Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes!

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: www.parkscanada.gc.ca. To register call: 1-844-365-2646

Star Gaze

Aug 11 - 8pm to midnight

Four photographers are set-up at the sunset to capture night shoots
Let the dark skies take your breath away.

Escape the city lights and enjoy the stars from within the walls of Fort Rodd Hill.

Join Parks Canada staff and local experts for a night of astronomy and galaxy exploration. Peak through large telescopes and witness this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower. Take part in a special presentation by Scott Mair—an astronomer from the Royal Astronomical Society, participate in hands-on activities, join a night photography tutorial, and make observations through 3D solar filter glasses. Make it an overnight stay!

Two options available:

  • Book an oTENTiks (tent-cabin) for $120/night (taxes included), plus a $13.50 reservations fee. Reservations must be made in advance at reservation.pc.gc.ca
  • Camp in a tent. For this event only, participants have the opportunity to stay overnight in a four or six-man tent. $55 or $70 per tent rental (four or six person), which includes a tent, camping pads, lanterns and a light breakfast (muffins and juices). Reservations must be made in advance by calling (250) 478-4389.

Fab Forts

August 19

Six young boys, water guns in hand and already wait are posing
Staying dry is not an option!

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 Sunday, August 19 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. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill.

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 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.