Located close to Royal Roads University in the town of Colwood, Fort Rodd Hill is a National Historic Site, former armoury and home to Fisgard Lighthouse.
FORT RODD HILL AND COVID-19
To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Parks Canada closed all of its facilities across the country in the spring of 2020. Fortunately, Fort Rodd Hill reopened in June!
The site is open for people to come walk around. As of early September, the Fisgard Lighthouse and Casemate Barracks are open, while the Welcome Centre and some other historic buildings remain closed.
For the most up-to-date information about the status of the attraction see the Parks Canada website.
Historic Fort Rodd Hill
As a former armoury and defense line protecting Victoria, Fort Rodd Hill is a park that features historic bunkers, gun stations, military buildings and a lighthouse. Built originally in the late 19th century as a coastal artillery fort, the venue served as a military site until the end of the Second World War.
Today at Fort Rodd Hill is what’s left of the armoury and defense line, including guns you can touch, bunkers you can go into, and a lighthouse you can look around. It’s also a park with an open grassy field, rocky beach and beautiful views of the ocean.
About Fisgard Lighthouse
Adjacent to Fort Rodd Hill and part of the site is Fisgard Lighthouse which is also a National Historic Site itself. Built in 1860, it was the first lighthouse on Canada’s west coast. Today it is open to the public on weekends throughout the year, as well as on most days during the warmer months. It’s a beautiful red and white building and the subject of millions of photos.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Fort Rodd Hill is in the summer between mid-May and mid-October when everything is open. Other times are good too, and sometimes free, but in the slow season not all buildings are open. See below for details.
Hours and Admission
Fort Rodd Hill is located at 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road in the community of Colwood. It’s about a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria.
The grounds and washrooms at Fort Rodd Hill are open daily throughout the year. Fisgard Lighthouse, the Canteen, Belmont and Lower Batteries, and the Fortress Plotting Room are only open on Saturdays and Sundays from October 16th to April 30th from 10 am to 4 pm. The venue is open daily during the rest of the year (May 1st to October 15th) from 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission rates are the following as of early 2020:
- Adult – $7.90
- Senior – $6.60
- Youth (under 17) – Free!
There are also annual passes which are around $20 for adults and around $17 for seniors.
Tips and Tricks
TIP #1: Camp in the fort in an oTENTik! For around $130 you can sleep in a tent in this historical wonderland. They provide the tent, a lamp and a propane fire pit; you just have to bring yourself, a sleeping bag and some food! Click oTENTik to make a reservation.
TIP #2: Don’t forget to check out the Fisgard Lighthouse and the surrounding shoreline. It will seriously take your breath away!
For more information about the historic site see the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Victoria Tourist Attractions
- Glossary of Victoria Places
- Victoria Parks and Gardens
- Festivals & Events Calendar