COVID-19 and your visit to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Important information about your visit to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites re-opens on June 1, 2020, with limited access to visitor facilities and services. Visits are self-guided only.
Camping, interpretive programming, and events at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are suspended until further notice.
We look forward to gradually and safely welcoming you back to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Please check back regularly to find out what is open, what is closed, and how to be safe when you visit.
What’s open (updated May 25th, 2020)
- Parking Lot
- Public washrooms in the parking lot
- Outdoor spaces at:
- Upper Battery
- Lower Battery
- Belmont Battery
- The beach
- The nature trail (one way only, please respect directional signage)
- Red chairs and picnic tables (bring a table cloth)
What’s closed (updated May 25th, 2020)
- The Welcome Centre
- All historic buildings
- The causeway to Fisgard Lighthouse
- Fisgard Lighthouse
- oTENTiks, and all camping reservations until further notice.
- The historic field – closed due to invasive species management
- The Garry Oak Learning Meadow
- All washrooms onsite, with the exception of the parking lot public washrooms
- All special events and interpretive activities are cancelled until further notice.
Camping during COVID-19
The oTENTik camping facilities at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site will remain closed for the 2020 camping season.
Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.
We thank you for your patience and consideration at this time and look forward to a resumption of visitor services in the future.
Your safety when visiting
- Keep a healthy space of 2 meters between you (or your family group) and others.
- Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
- Stay home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing.
- Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, masks when recommended by health authorities, as well as tablecloths if you plan to use a picnic table.
- You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities in order to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these special places clean.
- Abide by all travel advisories and health recommendations.
- Dogs are prohibited onsite, and are allowed on-leash only in the parking lot.
- Smoking and vaping are prohibited
- Flying drones is prohibited.
- Be kind and patient with each other. We are all in this together!