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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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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Images from Vimy 100 #vimy100 #yyjevents

Remembering Vimy Ridge 100 Years Later

As part of the Vimy 100 commemorations happening across the country and around the world, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, hosted an evening of military training exercises, period uniforms and live music.

The evening ended with a powerful commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.  6 C3 105 – mm Howitzers were stationed on the beach below, and fired off 100 rounds.  One for each year since the first shots were fired in 1917.

It was windy, the rain came and went, it was cold but that didn’t keep thousands from coming out to remember those that fought.

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To see more images from April 8, 2017 click here: VIMY 100

 

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A Salute To Vimy 100

On the weekend of April 8-9th, a series of special events will take place across Victoria to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a chance to learn more about the battle, honour those who served, and connect Canadians with ceremonies happening at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

A Salute To Vimy 100On the weekend of April 8-9th, a series of special events will take place across Victoria to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a chance to learn more about the battle, honour those who served, and connect Canadians with ceremonies happening at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

April 8, 11 a.m on Saturday, the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) march from the Bay Street Armoury to Victoria City Hall where they will invoke their right to the Freedom of the City.

April 8, from 6pm-9pm on Saturday evening, Fort Rodd Rill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site is planning a FREE and unforgettable salute to Vimy Ridge. Visitors will feel the ground tremble as they witness a 100-round rapid-fire salute by the guns of the 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment. The event will include the unveiling of a bronze plaque honouring General Sir Arthur Currie. There will also be a military band, re-enactors, historical presentations, crafts and hot chocolate around a campfire.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Activities: Listen to music by the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, RCA Band and stories by historians and local military re-enactors, do commemorative crafts and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire.

8:00 p.m. – Ceremony: Official speeches, a colour party from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 and a tribute to Victoria’s own General Sir Arthur Currie.

8:30 p.m. – 100-round rapid fire-barrage: by the guns of the 5th Field Regiment, RCA.

Admission to this evening event is FREE. Shuttle services provided from the Juan the Fuca de Fuca Park-and-ride (Ocean Blvd and Hwy 1A).
Be prepared for very loud gun shot noises. Pets are not allowed on site.

April 9, Sunday,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vimy celebrations continue as the Bay Street Armoury is welcoming the public to a free open house and commemoration event. Over 30 military units, regimental-family organizations, cadet units, veterans’ organizations, museums, archives, community heritage and history groups will participate with displays. Musical performances will take place during the day and there will be a traditional tea party with costumes, food and music from the Great War Era.

The guest of honour, Brigadier General (ret’d) J.E.L. Gollner will receive the salute at 12:30pm. The music and narrative commemoration event beginning at 2:45 pm will take guests from the beginning of the First World War, through the Battle of Vimy Ridge, to the dedication of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in 1936. It will illuminate the significance both the battle and memorial continue to have for Canadians.

This major First World War battle was a defining moment for Canada with special significance here in Victoria. As commander of Canada’s 1st Infantry Division, Major-General Arthur Currie played a leading role in planning, rehearsing and conducting the battle that led to a stunning victory. While living in Victoria, Currie had been commanding officer of the 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment. He went on to become commanding officer of the 50th Gordon Highlanders which became part of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) at the beginning of the First World War.

For information on the Parks Canada event at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Robyn Sealy – 250-478-5135 – Robyn.sealy@pc.gc.ca
Sophie Lauro – 250-478-6481 – sophie.lauro@pc.gc.ca

For information on the event at the Bay St Armouory
John Azar – 250-595-3407 – Western Front Association – Pacific Coast Branch – jazar@wfapacificcoast.org

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Howitzer to mark 100th Anniv. of the Battle of Vimy Ridge #yyj #vimy100

To commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge four Howitzers will fire a 100-round salute from the waterfront near Fort Rodd Hill beginning at 8:30 p.m. on April 8, 2017.

The four C3 105-mm Howitzers will fire blank ammunition every 15 seconds until the salute is completed, a process that should take just over six minutes. The guns have been timed to mark the beginning of the artillery barrage that started the First World War battle 100 years ago at 5:30 a.m. Central European Time (CET) on April 9, 1917 near Vimy, France.

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter the Howitzer’s surrounding area.

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