Favorite thing: The mile zero marker always conjures up images for me. Canada doesn’t have the large interstate highway system that the US does. Our lone federal link is the Trans-Canada Highway #1. Marked with a green maple leaf bearing the digit one, this highway spans the country from coast to coast. From the road’s humble residential beginnings in Victoria, it eventually grows to be the massive 401 freeway as it passes through Toronto before finally returning to more modest proportions as its end in St. Johns. Then of course, it turns around and makes the return trip.
Outside of Victoria, sits another National Historic Site; Fort Rodd Hill. From 1878 until 1956, a system of artillery positions guarded Victoria and Esquimalt harbour. Originally a link in the worldwide chain of defences for the British Empire, this system evolved into a watchdog for Canada's security and sovereignty of our west coast. Like Canada's east coast defences in Halifax, the "Victoria-Esquimalt Fortress" grew and changed over time to deal with new threats and new technologies. Fort Rodd Hill NHSC represents the national importance of these messages. When you reach the walls of the fort, you come into the Upper Battery, built in 1895-97; it represents the British period of the V-E Fortress (1893-1906).
The single 6" disappearing gun here was identical with two in Lower Battery and three others at Macaulay Point, east of Esquimalt harbour. The walls you first notice have 'holes' or "Loopholes" throughout, these are unique in the entire V-E Fortress in having rearward-facing concrete walls with rifle-slits. The Guardhouse is what you'll pass on entrance, followed by a 7,500-gallon Water Tank that would supply the needs for several days.
There are many original buildings here in generally the same condition they would have been back in the day. Unfortunately VT only permits 5 photo's to accompany our tips, other-wise I could show you even more. If it's possible in the future for VT to increase even more images, I would be happy. (I know they did this recently)
Fondest memory: I was headed out to see, #1. (Fisgard Lighthouse), and this Fort is right there basically alongside, so that was a two-birder day. I got to learn more than just the lighthouse's history.
Favorite thing: Helmcken House Built in 1852, it is considered to be the oldest house in British Columbia. House has been refurbished but there are displays of original furnishings and medical instruments (was residence of a doctor). Ghost tours are given on Friday & Saturday nights.
St. Ann's School House
The oldest building still in use built in the 1840's-50's. Located next to Thunderbird Park.
Favorite thing: In front of the BC Parliament buildings is a statue of a soldier to commemorate the World War I, World War II and Korean War dead from the province of British Columbia.