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.
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 itself a National Historic Site. 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 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 mid-October to February from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and only from Wednesday to Sunday from March until mid-May. The venue is open daily during the rest of the year from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Admission is only collected on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-October until mid-May. On other days of the week during this period admission is free. At other times, including every day from mid-May until mid-October, admission is only about $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and free for children and youth (ages up to 17).
For more information see the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse website.
TIP: Fort Rodd Hill isn’t far by car from Hatley Castle which is also one of Victoria’s top recommended tourist sites. If you have time, check it out too.