Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
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Clinging to a headland across the harbor entrance from CFB Esquimalt, the picturesque Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd., Colwood, 250/478-5849, daily 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. mid-Feb.–Oct., daily 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Nov.–mid-Feb., adult $4, senior $3, child $2.50) comprises Fort Rodd, built in 1898 to protect the fleets of ships in the harbor, and Fisgard Lighthouse, which dates to 1873.
It’s an interesting place to explore; audio stations bring the sounds of the past alive, workrooms are furnished as they were at the turn of the century, and the lighthouse has been fully restored and is open to visitors.
To get there from downtown, take the Old Island Highway (Gorge Road) and turn left on Belmont Road, then left onto Ocean Boulevard. By bus, take number 50 from downtown, then transfer to number 52.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition