Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fort Macaulay & Fort Rodd Hill

5 June 2014

Our first stop today was Fort Macaulay on Macaulay Point in Esquimalt dating from 1878-1956. The remains of 3 batteries and an observation post are here. The park also serves as a dog park and hiking trail overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait and the Cascade Mountain Range. There are no markers pertaining to the fort. Parking is at the marina on Munro and Lampson. Nice hike up to the batteries. Macaulay Point represents the first bastion for Britain on the west coast and initially used by the Royal Navy in the 1840's
Gun Emplacement #1

Gun Emplacement #2

Gun Emplacement #3

Ammunitions and Guard House

Tunnel Entrance to Observation Tower

Observation Tower

View of Gun Emplacement #1 from Observation Tower

We then drove to Fort Rodd Hill, our second visit in past 5 years. Fort Rodd Hill is a restored Coastal Artillery Fortification originally constructed in 1893 by the British and transferred to Canada in 1906. The fortress features underground magazines,a command post, barracks,artillery stores and three gun batteries.
Fort Rodd Hill Sign

Guard House

Upper Battery

Entrance to Upper Magazine

Warrant Officer's Quarters

Asked him to  Pose


Lower Battery

Trotting Along

Back of Lower Battery

Lower Battery
Plotting Room

Belmont Battery

Searchlight Emplacement


After touring the fort, we walked to the Fisgard Lighthouse not associated with the fort. It is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It is still a working facility guiding boats into Esquimalt Harbor. The last keeper rowed away in 1929. It was built in 1860 by the British.
Fisgard Lighthouse & Searchlight Emplacement

Fisgard Lighthouse

Naval Ship Passing Lighthouse

Fisgard Plaque

Another View

Mom and Dad Leading the goslings to Water

Blue Heron

Returning back to Victoria we climbed up to the fortress observation post for Fort Rodd Hill located near Beacon Hill Park.

We did a lot of walking today. Hopefully we will lose a few pounds. In the evening, we walked around downtown to get some photos of the harbor, Empress Hotel and Parliament. Had dinner at Steamship Grill at COHO ferry terminal across from Parliament.
Victoria Harbor

COHO Ferry in Port

Empress Hotel

Another View of Harbor


Topiary in Front of Empress Hotel

Totem Pole in Front of Parliament

Coming Home Sculpture

Tomorrow we have an 11:00 AM departure on the ferry.When we get back, will cross over into Washington to get our mail in Lynden.
This will be our last mail until we get back to Hope's in September as we will not be anyplace long enough to receive mail.

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