Fort Rodd Hill
Built in the late 1890s, this coast artillery fort defended Victoria, BC and the Esquimalt Naval Base. It was part of the larger defence strategy of the British Empire and Canada, from 1878 to 1956. Today, Fort Rodd Hill offers visitors the opportunity to explore gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements. Interpretive signs and audio-visual stations are set-up in the sites.
Travellers will enjoy the amazing sea and mountain views, which makes this an ideal place for family outings and picnics. Twelve picnic tables are located near the parking lot or visitors may also enjoy picnicking inside the sites, under the trees or on any of their three beaches. Special events are held here throughout the year, including the historic Military Encampment, Canada Day Celebrations and an old English Car Show. The sites on Fort Rodd Hill are open daily, all year round except for Christmas Day.
Ready to join Fort Rodd Hills 2017 BioBlitz?
How many little creatures can you find in Fort Rodd Hills Garry Oak Learning Meadow? Butterflies, birds, bees, spiders, bugs and slugs; some fly, others crawl. Join this years family-friendly mini BioBlitz. Participants will help track species diversity in the Learning Meadow using the iNaturalist app on their smartphones.
Celebrate Canada Day on the Hill. Events include opening ceremonies, bands, activities for the kids and one giant birthday cake. This event runs from 11:30am to 4pm and admission is free.
Showcasing antique and modern English vehicles, this annual show offers an array of scheduled activities, including registrant dinners, scenic drives and two full days of car exhibitions.