Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort! Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort!
Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Face painting, scavenger hunt and music will be offered throughout the day. Re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association and the Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages will be on location with their colourful period costumes and captivating stories. And Parka, our Parks Canada, mascot will visit us a couple times during the day and even ask young ones and parents to join in a little dance.

Activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill! A fun event for the whole family.
Every August, several of Canada’s historic fortifications take part in “Fab Forts Weekend” to showcase and celebrate Canada’s history. Armed with squirt guns, participants Storm the Fort, venture on an obstacle course, and test their aim with Target Practice in an event that is fun for the whole family. This is the fourth year this event is being hosted in Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

If visitors want to participate in the water gun battle, they need to expect to get wet and dress accordingly. Participants can bring their own mega water gun and we will have some spare squirt guns, with buckets, sponges, etc. Visitors who would rather stay dry will have the opportunity to participate in many other games. A picnic lunch is always a great idea too! These kinds of outdoor events are one way Parks Canada is helping Canadians connect with nature and fort history.

The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This event in included in the free admission.

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Solar eclipse open house at @UVic observatory #yyjevents

Solar eclipse open house at UVic observatory

The observatory at the University of Victoria will host a special open house for the public Aug. 21 to view the total solar eclipse – the first such eclipse since 1918 to cast its shadow from coast to coast in North America. In Greater Victoria, the eclipse will cover 90 per cent of the sun. Continue reading “Solar eclipse open house at @UVic observatory #yyjevents”

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TEDxRoyalRoadsU

TEDxRoyalRoadsU will take place at the Learning and Innovation Center on Royal Roads University campus. Join us live or online via live-stream. TEDxRoyalRoadsU is a student-driven event. We hope to spark meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue and create stronger connections throughout campus and the greater community.

TEDxRoyalRoadsU will take place at the Learning and Innovation Center on Royal Roads University campus. Join us live or online via live-stream.

TEDxRoyalRoadsU is a student-driven event. We hope to spark meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue and create stronger connections throughout campus and the greater community.

This year’s theme is REINVENT: inspiring people to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. The event will bring together local thought leaders, performers and reinventors.

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of reinvention. Hatley castle has served as a private residence, military college, mutant academy and public applied research university. With a vision of “connecting people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world,” Royal Roads is a cornerstone in many mature students path to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. This is increasingly relevant in today’s political, cultural and environmental climate.

Learning and leadership has taken place on the land for tens of thousands of years. Royal Roads University rests upon the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people; the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) nations.

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Learn to Camp at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Every summer Parks Canada and Mount Equipment Coop organise a Learn-to Camp event at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS. This program connects first-time campers, including newcomers to our country, with the Canadian camping experience.

Every summer Parks Canada and Mount Equipment Coop organize a Learn-to Camp event at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS. This program connects first-time campers, including newcomers to our country, with the Canadian camping experience. The goal of the program is to teach necessary camping skills combined with inspiring experiences and learning opportunities. Learn-to Camp also allows participants to have a first-time camping experience near where they live and to instill in them the confidence to continue finding enjoyment in camping and nature in some of Canada’s special places.

Through the Learn-to Camp program, participants will learn how to set up a tent, use a camp stove, light a campfire, and acquire important safety skills. Participants will get to enjoy traditional camping fare, plenty of games as well as some of our favourite campfire stories.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse and learn about the rich natural and cultural heritage of this place through interpretive programming and activities.

Cost: $44 per participants; $22 for children 3-5; 2 years old and under are free.

Basic camping gear is provided to all participants to facilitate a hassle free first time camping experience. This Includes tents, sleeping pads, two meals and snacks, workshops and activities.

Families, group of friends, students, new Canadians, and special groups are welcome.

For further details and to register before July 15, contact 1-844-365-2646

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ12

For additional information and a list of 10 reasons why you should participate in Lean-to Camp, follow us of Facebook (@FortRoddFisgardNHS).

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Grown-ups have all the fun at the @RoyalBCMuseum in August #yyjevents

VICTORIA, BC–Embrace your inner child and experience the nostalgia of summer camp (with a grown-up twist) at the Royal BC Museum.

Royal BC Museum

Pack a lunch, ditch the kids and bring a friend for a Day Camp like no other. Sneak behind the scenes, meet knowledgeable staff, make connections with our feature and core exhibitions and experience fun hands-on activities. Each grown-up Day Camp has a different theme: August 11 is Arts & Crafts, August 18 is Campfire (Hi)stories and August 25 is Nature Merit Badge. Grown-up Day Camp takes place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is $50 per person (10 per cent member discount). Continue reading “Grown-ups have all the fun at the @RoyalBCMuseum in August #yyjevents”

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Magical History Tour with the GVCC

a bike ride with renowned historian, John Adams. An easy 20km ride

Come along on one of our most popular rides, led by renowned local historian John Adams. Experience a spell-binding, 20km look at Victoria’s past. Be sure to bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.

 

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Canada Day Festivities at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a gun salute, live music and cake! Join the excitement as the Royal Canadian Artillery launches its Canada Day annual gun salute at noon sharp.

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It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a gun salute, live music and cake! Join the excitement as the Royal Canadian Artillery launches its Canada Day annual gun salute at noon sharp. New this year the salute will be fired from Fort Rodd Hill’s beach at noon sharp. Slices of Victoria’s biggest birthday cake are served shortly thereafter—Thrifty Foods Colwood take great pride in decorating the cake each year.
Enjoy live music performed by military bands and local young talents throughout the day.

Be a kid again; jump in and take part in all the fun activities and explore the fort and lighthouse. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.

Special note: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are an amazing backdrop to celebrate Canada Day. Situated right beside each other, the sites have plenty of room for community members to join in the festivities. And where better to celebrate Canada’s birthday than right on the grounds of a historic fort and next to Victoria’s iconic lighthouse? As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, events like this one help to connect Canadians with national historic sites and celebrate our collective history.
Free shuttle bus services from the Juan de Fucca park-and-ride (Ocean Blvd and Hwy 1A) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, admission to Parks Canada places and most special events offered during this year is free. The list of upcoming event found here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

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Canada Day Festivities: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse @FortRoddFisgard #Canada150 #yyjevents

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a gun salute, live music and cake! Join the excitement as the Royal Canadian Artillery launches its Canada Day annual gun salute at noon sharp. New this year the salute will be fired from Fort Rodd Hill’s beach at noon sharp. Slices of Victoria’s biggest birthday cake are served shortly thereafter—Thrifty Foods Colwood take great pride in decorating the cake each year.

Enjoy live music performed by military bands and local young talents throughout the day. Continue reading “Canada Day Festivities: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse @FortRoddFisgard #Canada150 #yyjevents”

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