There are 12 picnic tables, including one for
disabled visitors, near the parking lot. You may also picnic inside
the sites, under the trees on the main field, or on any of our three
beaches. Please note that there are no fires or barbeques permitted
in the sites.
Scuba diving is becoming more and more popular
in the waters around Fisgard Lighthouse, but divers are advised
that there is no vehicle access and that they will have to transport
their equipment about 500 metres (1/4 mile) from the parking lot.
(Hint: bring a wheelbarrow to move tanks and weights!)
The Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse Preservation
Society offers light refreshments and souvenirs in the old Canteen
building inside Fort Rodd Hill during the summer months.
Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC
Built November 16, 1860 Now Automated 48° 26' N 123° 27'
- - The first
lighthouse on Canada's west coast is still in operation! There hasn't
been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929, but every
year many thousands of visitors step inside a real l9th century
light, and capture some of the feeling of ships wrecked and lives
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.
Inside the building are two floors of exhibits,
dealing with shipwrecks, storms, far- flung lights, and the everyday
working equipment of the light keeper a century ago. Right next
to the tower stirs on the second floor, a specially-made video evokes
the loneliness and isolation that was the lot of the l9th century
This year the Luminara festival will take place in the James Bay and Fairfield communities from September 18-25.
Luminara began in 2000, when the City of Victoria asked the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, to produce a multi cultural community celebration in Victoria. Luminara contains elements from worldwide celebrations of light. It is a celebration of light that has taken root here in Victoria, and like other traditions that have come here from around the world, it has become part of our local identity.
Please visit the Luminara site
or follow Luminara on Facebook.
The waterfront sites at Fisgard Lighthouse and
Fort Rodd Hill are extremely photogenic, especially with the scenic
backdrop of the Olympic Mountains in neighbouring Washington state.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca almost always offers
a wide variety of ships, from small sailing vessels, to enormous
cargo ships, and the proximity of the Canadian Navy base means that
military craft of several nations are often seen at close range.
Wildlife at the sites includes Columbian
black-tailed deer, river otters, mink, raccoons, harbour seals,
and sea lions.
Birders may be rewarded with a wide variety of
both pelagic and meadow birds, including bald eagles, blue herons,
harlequin and eider ducks, and many small songbirds.