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|
|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|
|Entrance to Upper Magazine|
|Warrant Officer's Quarters|
|Asked him to Pose|
|Back of Lower Battery|
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|
|Naval Ship Passing Lighthouse|
|Mom and Dad Leading the goslings to Water|
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.
|COHO Ferry in Port|
|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.