Exploring Victoria, BC is always a treat for you never know what you’ll find around the next corner.
Fort Rodd Hill,
a coastal artillery fort, designed to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base, was built by the British in the 1890’s. Three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements remind us of a bygone era.
The lighthouse glimpsed in the first picture is the first lighthouse on Canada’s west coast. It’s still in operation although there hasn’t been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929.
Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard’s red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy’s Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.