Parks Canada's infrastructure program
What to know before you visit
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
Projects at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
This project restores many of Fort Rodd Hill’s concrete walls and buildings that are currently closed to visitors. Years of water infiltration and long-term exposure to the marine environment has put these structures at risk of becoming unsafe and permanently lost. Many of these structures date back to the late 1800s and represent some of the only intact coastal fortifications from this time period remaining in Canada. Restoration work will help preserve the Lower Battery Casemate Barracks, the Lower Battery Canteen, and the Upper Battery Fortifications for future generations to learn about and enjoy. Visitors may find some areas temporarily closed to the public while work is underway. There is still a lot to see and do at the fort and visitors will be able to return to enjoy new exhibits and experiences when the work is completed.
Exterior lighting at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
An exterior lighting system has been installed, which highlights the spectacular features of the fort and lighthouse at night, and improves safety for visitors staying overnight in the oTENTiks.
Garry oak ecosystems species at risk recovery
A visit to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse national historic sites is not only a an opportunity to take a step back in time and learn about our military and coastal navigation history, but it is also an immersion into one of Canada's rarest habitats: a Garry oak ecosystem. Visit the Garry Oak Learning Meadow, a garden bursting with native plants, and witness the vibrancy of this restored habitat. Ask for a copy of the Garry Oak Gardener's Handbook and let it guide you to the satisfying practice of naturescaping your green space with low maintenance native plants. Two new self-guided interpretive trails await, allowing you to explore Fort Rodd Hill's natural spaces and get interesting insights into the history of the land and its people.