Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse

Peek through gun barrels, venture into underground tunnels, discover huge hidden searchlights. Explore Fort Rodd Hill, a 100-year-old coast artillery fort that once defended Victoria and Esquimalt naval base. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. Step inside, play interactive games, and let its exhibits tell you of the challenging lives of Vancouver Island's first lightkeepers.

Activities

GPSpy Game

Underground tunnels, camouflaged searchlight emplacements, hidden inscriptions, secret signals...you’re on a hunt for adventure. Forget your old spy games and gadgets, you’re now equipped with Explora, a handheld GPS device that will help you solve the most challenging enigmas. Tread carefully while infiltrating the fort; Explora will secretly give you clues about what to look for, based on your precise global coordinates. Be ready to discover facets of Fort Rodd Hill you would have never guessed existed.

How much time will I need?

  • Allocate about an hour of your visit to play this game.

Do I need any special equipment? What else should I bring?

  • Borrow an Explora handheld GPS device from our cashier. Your parents, siblings and/or friends can borrow one too.

Is the activity free?

  • Yes, currently the use of an Explora handheld GPS device while visiting Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site is free, and we would love to hear what you think of it.

When is the best time to do this?

  • Explora is available for pickup from 10 am to 3:30 pm daily.
  • Borrowing an Explora GPS device is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are several units available.

"Firepower" Demonstration

On summer weekends, the century-old walls of Fort Rodd Hill echo to the sounds of the site's thrilling "Firepower" demonstration. An initial rifle shot alerts you that "it's show time." Costumed interpreters present various historic weapons and fire a series of blank rounds. The arsenal includes various rifles, a pistol and, as the grand finale, a BREN light machine gun that fires bursts at nine rounds a second. After the show, as the pungent smell of gunpowder slowly wafts away, come closer, ask your questions, and maybe even take away a still-warm casing as a souvenir!

How much time will I need?

  • The demonstration starts at 2 pm and lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Do I need any special equipment? What else should I bring?

  • You could use your hands to cover your ears, but you would be missing out on all the fun!

Is the activity free?

  • Yes.

Steer the ship

Have you ever gripped the wooden spokes of a ship's wheel and steered it into a harbour? Here's your chance. Come play with one of Fisgard Lighthouse's new interactive games. Manoeuvre safely or crash onto the rocky shore...it's all up to you. Choose either a 19th-century schooner or a present-day naval patrol vessel. Set the difficulty level for "recruit" or "master mariner." Cool!

How much time will I need?

  • Allocate at least ten minutes during your visit.

Do I need any special equipment? What else should I bring?

  • Interactive games are located in the lighthouse.

Is the activity free?

  • Yes.

When is the best time to do this?

  • You can play this game anytime during the opening hours of the site.

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