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

Temporary site closure – October 28 and 29, 2019

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites will be temporarily closed to the public on October 28 and 29, 2019, to allow crews to complete the clean-up phase of the recent paving project. Parks Canada is scheduling this portion of the work and the associated closure on the days when visitation tends to be lower to minimize disruption to visitors. 

Safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. This closure is necessary to ensure visitor safety while crews complete this final phase of work to improve infrastructure and enhance visitor experience within Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Parks Canada appreciates the patience of the community and visitors alike while we complete this important work.

Visitors are advised to make alternative arrangements if planning to travel to the area while work is underway, and to contact us at 250-478-5849 or pc.fortrodd.pc@canada.ca before visiting.

As we enter into the fall season, we would also like to remind visitors that from October 15, 2019 to February 28, 2020, the grounds of the national historic site and washrooms will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who would like to enjoy a walk through the woods or a stroll along the beach. During this time, Fisgard Lighthouse and most historic buildings will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Concrete restoration

Years of water infiltration and long-term exposure to the marine environment put many of Fort Rodd Hill’s concrete walls and buildings 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. The recently completed 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.  

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.

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