Daytime events

Several special events are offered from February to November each year. General admission apply except for Canada Day celebrations. Participate in most of these events for free with your Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS Annual Pass or your Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

Evening and/or overnight events

Spending an evening at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Ligthouse NHS is a unique experience. Several new evening events are planned from June to September. Admission apply and reservation may be required. See event details for further information.

 

Earth Day Walk

April 22, 2018

Cluster of pink shooting star and Fawn Lily flowers.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day then to get outdoors! Join guest naturalists at 10:30 a.m. to discover why Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site is “for the birds”. At 2:00 p.m. Parks Canada naturalists will lead a spring tour of the Garry Oak Learning Meadow. Learn about edible and medicinal native plants and try a forest tea.

 

Mother’s Day Tea Party

May 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A grandma, daughter and granddaughter pose with tea pots in hand

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the beautiful Garry Oak Learning Meadow in full bloom! Dress-up and join us for an afternoon tea party in honor of mothers and flowers. Take a walk through time with living historians from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-Enactors Association (VEMRA). Enjoy music, fun activities and crafts in a picturesque setting. 

 

Annual Historic Military Encampment

May 18-20, 2018

Woman interpreter in the Canadian Women Army Corporation uniform and a young man in Second World War period uniform

Stroll through the fort amidst marquee and bell tents representing various periods from the 1850s to the 1950s. Historic re-enactors will bring to life stories from generations ago. Admire equipment, uniforms and motor vehicles from Canada’s military past.

 

Solstice picnic

June 21, 2018

Grandpa, mom and two young daughters having a picnic among small yellow flowers

To celebrate the first official day of summer, gather your friends and family and enjoy a dinner picnic on the longest day of the year. The sunset over the ocean will be the stunning backdrop for your evening and for the performers and storytellers that will bring to life the traditions and lore of solstice.

Food will be available for purchase. More information: 250-478-5849

 

Canada Day celebrations

July 1, 2018

A 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.

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. Be a kid again, dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day, 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.

 

Campout at the Fort - Learn To Camp

July 14-15, 2018

A couple of five year old boys play while setting up a camping tent

Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are hosting a “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, 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

 

Camp-in Movie

July 27, 2018

A set a of illuminated camping tents

Join us for a movie night at the fort, Parks Canada style: with the option to camp overnight! Come for popcorn and a movie or sign up in advance to sleepover in a tent. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

Feature movie title: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Additional fees apply. More information: 250-478-5849

Make it an overnight stay! Two options available:

  • Rent a tent. 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.
  • Bring your own tent. Fee: $17.60/tent - Maximum 6 adults/tent (or 7 people including children). 

Reservations for tenting options must be made in advance by calling 250-478-4389.

 

Star Gaze

August 10, 2018, 8:00 p.m. to midnight

The night sky illuminate Fisgard Lighthouse

Escape the city lights and enjoy the stars from within the walls of Fort Rodd Hill. Join Parks Canada staff and local experts from the Royal Astronomical Society for a night of astronomy and galaxy exploration. Peek through large telescopes and witness this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower. Take part in special presentations, participate in hands-on activities and join a night photography tutorial.

Make it an overnight stay! Two options available:

  • Rent a tent. 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.
  • Bring your own tent. Fee: $17.60/tent - Maximum 6 adults/tent (or 7 people including children). 

Reservations for tenting options must be made in advance by calling 250-478-4389.

 

Water Gun Wars

August 18, 2018

A couple of Parks Canada staff with huge water guns

Victoria’s largest water gun battle is once again coming to the Fort! Join us with your own water guns for this annual event. Come and try to storm the Fort, test your aim with target practice and check out some cool displays from our community collaborators. Face painting and music will be on offer throughout the day and activities run from noon to 4:00 p.m. Grab your water gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill!

 
Schedule

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Demonstrations by: the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactment Association; the 5th (B.C.) Regiment of the RCA; and the Ashton Armoury Museum
  • Obstacle course; target practice; craft table; and more
  • Food trucks on location

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Water gun fight in main field

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Heritage Ice Cream served by World War II hut

Colwood Seaside Festival

September 15, 2018

Parka, the Parks Canada mascot enjoys a ride in a horse drawn carriage

Don’t miss this free community celebration of arts culture and heritage. Join the city of Colwood and Parks Canada for a day of heritage fun at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites including: horse drawn carriage rides, live music, historic tours, delicious food options from on-site food trucks, crafts and much more! Extra parking and transportation from the Juan de Fuca park and ride will be available.

 

Lantern tour

September 22, 2018

Three re-enactors in period uniform from WW2 pose in front of a tent and a desk lid by a lantern

Grab your coats and step back in 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!

Additional Information: This event is a fund-raiser for the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association whose volunteers bring their passion and knowledge to many of Fort Rodd Hill’s annual events.

This event is suitable for all ages, but visitors should be prepared for uneven surfaces and be comfortable walking in the dark. The Lantern Tour is about an hour long. Several vignettes will take place in different areas of the fort. Once the tour is completed, visitors can meet with site staff for further information.

Guided tours leave every 15 minutes between 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Important: Tickets go on sale September 1 at 9 a.m.

Tickets available online only at: lanterntour2018.brownpapertickets.com (note: this event has sold out in the past; we recommend you purchase your tickets early).

Tickets: Adult $13.90; Senior $13.40; Youth $10.00; Annual Pass Holders $10.00 (small service fee applies).


Free Admission Day

October 6, 2018

Spend a day exploring—it’s on us! We will be offering one free admission day.


Coast Salish Pit Cook

October 13, 2018

Two men and an elder from Coast Salish Nations sing to their drums

Join us for a day of cultural sharing as we host a Coast Salish Pit Cook demonstration. This is a unique hands-on opportunity to participate in a traditional method of food preparation used by Coast Salish people. The process will start in the early morning and as the food slowly cooks there will be singing, drumming and the sharing of stories and traditional knowledge.
On the menu to sample at 2:00pm is camas harvested from our Conservation Nursery and other root vegetables.

Note: Due to limited quantities of Camas, Chocolate Lily and other traditional native foods, samples will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Schedule - All day event - drop in or stay all day!

9 a.m.

  • Start fire, heat rocks, & prep pit cook

10 a.m.

  • Traditional welcome; Food goes into pit to cook
  • Start Piquin - traditional way of cooking salmon
  • Storytelling, workshops, crafts, & music
  • Food by Fire - bannock on a stick, ‘Forest Tea’, baked apples

2 p.m.

  • Open the pit cook & share the feast

Regular admission fees apply: $3.90 per adult, $3.40 per senior, and free for youth under 17 and for annual and discovery pass holders.

100 Years of Remembrance

November 4, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kick off a week of remembrance and mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, with this tribute to the military heritage of Victoria BC.
Victoria has a long and proud history of military service, wartime industry, and homefront activism. 

Experience everything from the historic military vehicles of the Ashton Armoury, to the stories of shipbuilding in Esquimalt during WWII from the Maritime Museum, to tales of wartime flight school from the BC Aviation Museum, to the role of Craigdarroch Castle as a military hospital in 1919, and many more engaging, exciting, and emotional stories.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site will also open its new exhibit that day in the casemates barracks, called “100 Years of Remembrance”. It is full of personal tales of love and loss, and invites visitors to ask the question: “Who do WE remember?” 


Remembrance Day 2018

November 11, 2018

Handmade notes saying Peace and Lest We Forget
2018 marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1 and the Armistice declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.
Since that day, as a nation we have stopped to remember the sacrifices made by ordinary men and women in the field of battle at the same time each year, worn poppies, recited poems ingrained in our collective memories, grieved, and paused in silence.

Join us on Remembrance Day to hear stories about the last 100 days of the most devastating war in history and the reasons for our Remembrance traditions from local military re-enactors and other community groups, do special crafts and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.