2018 Calendar of 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
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.
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
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.
June 21, 2018
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
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
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
July 27, 2018
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. Stay tuned for the movie title announcement.
Additional fees apply. More information: 250-478-5849
August 10, 2018, 8:00 p.m. to midnight
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. Fees TBA.
Reservations for tenting options must be made in advance by calling 250-478-4389.
Water Gun Wars
August 18, 2018
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!
Colwood Seaside Festival
September 15, 2018
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.
September 22, 2018
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 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
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, 2018. Purchase your tickets early for this popular event will sell out.
Cost: $10 per person, payable by cash only for VEMRA, plus regular admission.
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
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 2:00 p.m. is camas harvested from our Conservation Nursery and other root vegetables.
100 Years of Remembrance
November 11, 2018
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.