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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BC Aviation Museum Open House

The BC Aviation Museum Society is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artefacts. We collect, restore and display aircraft and artefacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.

A busy day full of fun, history and learning about the history of aviation in BC.  Lots to do for the kids too.  Food and Refreshments by Sidney Lions Club.

Celebrating Viking Air Limited and the Twin Otter Series 400

Airplane Rides with the Victoria Flying Club Pacific Sky Aviation $35

Military Re-enactors

Face Painting and Kids’ Activities

The BC Aviation Museum Society is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artefacts. We collect, restore and display aircraft and artefacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.

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Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs

West Shore Arts Council is excited to present a special Canada 150 screening of \”Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs\” on July 8, at Hatley Castle.

West Shore Arts Council presents a special Canada 150 screening of“Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs” on July 8, from 4pm till 6pm in the drawing room of Hatley Castle.

Learn about the history of the Dunsmuir family through this wonderful film created by filmmakers David Springbett and Heather MacAndrew. Vocalist Elizabeth Gerow, who has extensively researched the life and music of Elinor Dunsmuir, will also be performing several of Elinor’s original songs along with a lively presentation of her research into Elinor’s life and musical inspiration.

Ticket includes entry and free refreshments.

Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

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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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Women on the Home Front

Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this two-day event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.

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Library and Archives Canada: Personnel of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre

Women on the Home Front

Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this two-day event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Step back in time to honour women of the Second World War and learn about the important contributions they made on the home front.

Learn the history of Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl, and what the acronym ‘CWAC’ means. Sit behind the wheel of the 1942 Willy’s Jeep for a selfie, play old fashion games, master the art of Victory roll creation, and see how to make delicious desserts from a rationing cook book. Get your family and friends to play along and join in the fun!

This is a great family-friendly event suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, bring a picnic lunch, explore the historic fort and lighthouse, and help celebrate the women who were so critical to Canada’s success during World War II. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, events like this one help connect Canadians with national historic sites and learn about our collective history.

In 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, admission to Parks Canada places is free.

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

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Celebrate with the Royal BC Museum this July @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents

Celebrate with the Royal BC Museum this JulyVICTORIA, BC–Celebrate the nation’s 150th anniversary, the return of the popular Museum Happy Hour series and summer fun at camp this July at the Royal BC Museum.

Join us for family-friendly fun on for Canada Day: Wonder Weekend on Saturday July 1 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday July 2 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Groove to live music (including Lekwungen dancers of the Songhees Nation and Bučan Bučan), channel your artistic side with arts and crafts and enjoy our popular annual Penny Carnival. See the full schedule of events for July 1 here and July 2 here. These free events take place outside on the museum plaza and in Helmcken House. Continue reading “Celebrate with the Royal BC Museum this July @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents”

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Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs #yyjevents @RoyalRoads

West Shore Arts Council presents a special Canada 150 screening of “Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs” on July 8, from 4pm till 6pm in the drawing room of Hatley Castle.

Learn about the history of the Dunsmuir family through this wonderful film created by filmmakers David Springbett and Heather MacAndrew. Vocalist Elizabeth Gerow, who has extensively researched the life and music of Elinor Dunsmuir, will also be performing several of Elinor’s original songs along with a lively presentation of her research into Elinor’s life and musical inspiration.

Ticket includes entry and free refreshments.

Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information on this event, visit our website here: http://westshorearts.org/

info@westshorearts.org

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Dates for Public Tours at Government House @LGJudithGuichon #yyjevents

Public Tours at Government House 

June 3, July 8, and August 5 | 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Government House (1401 Rockland Avenue) 250.387.2080 | ghinfo@gov.bc.ca | ltgov.bc.ca

Visit Government House for a tour of the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. Volunteer tour guides outline the role and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor and share the fascinating history of this National Historic Site. Tours of the public rooms are available to school groups and non-profit groups and must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

Public tours are scheduled one Saturday a month, starting promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tours are one hour in length. Admission is free and no booking is required. Please note that we have a maximum capacity of 100 people per tour so spaces will be allotted on a first come first serve basis.

The upcoming dates are confirmed for 2017:

  • June 3, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • August 5, 2017

New dates will be posted on this page when they are confirmed.

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Inner Harbour Maritime Tour

Join us as we explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour and discover more about BC’s maritime heritage and culture!

Join the Maritime Museum and explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour and discover more about BC’s maritime heritage and culture! The tour starts at the Maritime Museum of BC and goes around the Inner Harbour, up Wharf St., through Bastion Square, down Government St., and back to the Museum. It runs for about an hour and includes the cost of admission.

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