Fort Rodd Hill Rating Hike in VictoriaFort Rodd Hill is astonishingly beautiful and incredibly interesting as a tourist attraction in Victoria that most never see.  This fact is amazing as it is wonderful and unquestionably, or at least arguably, as good or better than any other attraction around.  And at $3.90, what a phenomenal deal.  You can crawl all over all the real pre World War I era defensive structures and even play with, and all but fire a genuine World War II Anti-Aircraft Gun... which astonishingly is in the parking lot.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBeautiful park setting
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsAmazing historic fortifications
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsLots of attractions in the park
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsTour inside Fisguard Lighthouse
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsKids love the wide open spaces
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsWonderful ocean/beach views
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsNice drive out of the city
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsSleep in the park for just $120!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsAccess fee is absurdly cheap!
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Victoria Hiking Trails

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Fort Rodd Hill has so much to see it spills onto the parking lot.  What unbelievable place!  Though you could make your way through at a rushed pace in about 30 minutes, expect to take over two hours at a moderate pace as there is such an astonishingly huge amount to see.

Real fortifications from a century ago as if frozen in time.  Thick cement walls that indestructible.  Gun slits in the metre thick walls that you can peer through as though you had to defend the fort yourself.

Some buildings even have sound effects as you walk in.  The enormous anti-ship guns are still in place.  These monstrous barrels pointing out to sea as if still looking for invading ships to fire upon.  About the only drawback to Fort Rodd Hill is that you can't bring your dog with you, but this is for a pretty amazing reason.  Once in a while you will spot deer roaming the grounds, so allowing dogs in the park would cause quite a disturbance!

Fort Rodd Hill is open everyday of the year except December 25, 26 and January 1st.  Opening hours are 10am to 530pm March to October and closing at 430pm October to February.  Many of the interesting(indoor) buildings are closed in the off season.  So you may be disappointed if you show up in November to not see a couple indoor things. For the most part, the park is a beautiful outdoor park, so year-round it is great to visit.  Make sure you get there well before closing to enjoy everything.  If you arrive at the door after 3pm, you will already be too late to enjoy the visit! Also, they close the entrance at least a half hour before closing, so if you show up at 4pm in the off season or 5pm the rest of the year, you won't get in.

Parking Directions to Fort Rodd Hill Historic Park

From Downtown Victoria follow Douglas Street until it becomes the Trans Canada Highway, follow this for 5k then take the Colwood Exit (Exit 10).  Follow this for 2k then turn left onto Ocean Boulevard and follow the signs to Fort Rodd Hill Historic Site.  Fort Rodd Hill is located on a surprisingly beautiful ocean setting and if you drive past the entrance to the park you will come to Esquimalt Lagoon.  This beautiful stretch of sandy beach is a much loved hidden gem.  A gorgeous sandy beach with weather beaten logs strewn about.  Scuba divers often walk straight out from the beach to dive in this area full of life.

Hike in Victoria

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Goldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees ...
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Esquimalt Lagoon is a wonderful stretch of beach that extends two kilometres, separating the lagoon from the ocean.  The beach is made up of wonderful, ...
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Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a wonderful coastal park overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Located in Metchosin, a scenic and largely rural ...
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Avatar Grove and Canada's gnarliest tree is an amazing thing to see and finding it is half the fun.  The cute little town of Port Renfrew, know for it's ...
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Mount Doug as it's locally known is a remarkably easily accessible park with both 360 degree mountain views as well as a beautiful beach.  The beach and ...
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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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Radar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, ...
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Radar Hill is absolutely one of the Tofino area sights not to be missed.  It's a quick and easy walk to the top and the views are beautiful.   Definitely one ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked ...
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The West Coast Trail

When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a ...
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. ...
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