DescriptionFourteen kilometres (9 mi.) west of Victoria via Hwy. 1A, Fort Rodd Hill was a coastal artillery fort 1895-1956. Of interest are the loophole walls, underground magazines, artillery stores, command posts, barracks and gun and searchlight emplacements. Audio and video presentations, along with period rooms, depict life at the fort. The 1860 Fisgard Lighthouse, restored to its 1873 appearance, was the first built on this part of the coast. Still operational, the lighthouse has two floors of historical exhibits. A nature trail follows the paths formerly used by soldiers. Historical exhibits also are featured. Picnic facilities are available. Pets are not allowed on the grounds.
Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum. Grounds daily 10-5:30, Mar. 1 to mid-Oct.; 10-4:30, rest of year. Exhibits daily 10-5, mid-May to mid-Oct.; Wed.-Sun. 10-5, Mar. 1 to mid-May; Sat.-Sun. 10-4, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25-26. Admission $3.90; $3.40 (ages 65+); $1.81 (ages 6-16); $9.80 (family, two adults and five children). An annual pass, valid at most Canadian national parks, marine areas and historic sites, is available. Phone (250) 478-5849.