Fort Rodd Hill – Victoria, BC, Canada 8/14/2013

AUGUST 14, 2013 (Wednesday)

 

Overcast and grey, even rained for about two minutes, but it was warm out. We got up and meandered over to Fort Rodd Hill. Cost us $6.80 CAN for the two of us (over 65 and you get a slight discount). What a fun place. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting (some boring old Fort). The Bunkers had great views of the inlet and harbor. There were so many nooks and crannies to explore and see and touch.

Cannon.

Cannon.

The bunker walls with firing ports for defense.

The bunker walls with firing ports for defense.

Inside a bunker bunkhouse.

Inside a bunker bunkhouse.

 

Period goods in the cabinets.

Period goods in the cabinets.

 

Bunker views.

Bunker views.

Cannon view.

Cannon view.

 

View through the cannon barrel.

View through the cannon barrel.

Passages.

Passages.

Pretty woman at bunkers.

Pretty woman at bunkers.

 

Munitions.

Munitions.

 

Ageing bunkers.

Ageing bunkers.

Fort Rodd feels a lot like Fort Ord.

Fort Rodd Hill feels a lot like Fort Ord.

Grumpy old man looking for little kids to yell at.

Grumpy old man looking for little kids to yell at.

Gun Turret Foundation.

Gun Turret Foundation.

 

Model Carriage Cannon in the down position.

Model Carriage Cannon in the down position.

Model of a Carriage Cannon in the up position.

Model of a Carriage Cannon in the up position.

 

Bunker Walls

Bunker walls

Also, while we were there they had reinactors in period costume, from 1371 England, making parchment out of lamb skin, cooking chicken on the fire, making yarn, jousting armor, etc. Loved it. There was also a demonstration of Germania from 10 A.D.

Period exhibition/demonstration.

Period exhibition/demonstration.

Making parchment paper out of brown spotted sheep skin.

Making parchment paper out of brown spotted sheep skin.

Armor and chain mail maker.

Armor and chain mail maker.

 

Loom.

Loom.

Pottery of the period.

Pottery of the period.

 

There is a province wide ban on all campfires.  We thought about reporting them.  But decided to let them make their lunch.

There is a province wide ban on all campfires. We thought about reporting them. But decided to let them make their lunch.

 

Germania circa 10 A.D. exhibition/demonstration

Germania circa 10 A.D. exhibition/demonstration

We walked around and down to the Fisgard Lighthouse and explored everything along the way. It was fun but I was a little bummed we couldn’t get up to the lighthouse portion of it. What a great place. Highly recommend it.

Fisgard Lighthouse, built 1859, was the first permanent lighthouse on the Canadian West Coast.

Fisgard Lighthouse, built 1859, was the first permanent lighthouse on the Canadian West Coast.

Closer view.

Closer view of Fisgard Lighthouse.

 

Tugs guiding a ship out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Esquimalt Harbor.

Tugs guiding a ship out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Esquimalt Harbor.

Lots of drift wood on Vancouver Island.

Lots of driftwood on Vancouver Island.

Typical women's kitchen tools: pots, pans, whip....

Typical women’s kitchen tools: pots, pans, whip….

Spiral stairs almost going to the top.

Spiral stairs almost going to the top.

Lamps/lanterns

Lamps/lanterns

Out in the strait, we can only imagine who, where and how much fun or commerce it may be.

Out in the strait, we can only imagine who, where and how much fun or commerce it may be.

There was a sign post that showed the compass points and pointed towards cities. We finally got oriented.

This proved to be a great reference point.  We finally got oriented and understood where a mountain range we had been seeing was located.

This proved to be a great reference point. We finally got oriented and understood where a mountain range we had been seeing was located.

The four points of the compass were well marked.

The four points of the compass were well marked.

Driftwood

Driftwood

After we left the Fort, we went to then View Royal Casino. It was a quick visit (less than five minutes) for me to waste $5 CAN.

A little bit different than Las Vegas.  Actually the same, but scaled way down.

A little bit different than Las Vegas. Actually the same, but scaled way down.

After that we went to the Six Mile Pub. We had been told we should go there. It was fun but we preferred Saltair or Crow and Gate. Maybe it was because this Pub wasn’t very crowded, and the prices were a lot higher than the others. It was nice to see it though, and glad we stopped in.

Six Mile Pub.  It was on our list and we just happened to spot it on the way to Ft Rodd.

Six Mile Pub. It was on our list and we just happened to spot it on the way to Ft Rodd.

Inside the Six Mile Pub.

Inside the Six Mile Pub.

 

Edie had a Lemon Burst and I had a beer.

Edie had a Lemon Burst and I had a beer.

We think imported from London.

We think imported from London.

Edie's penchant

Edie’s penchant

Toyota pickup with snorkel.  Looks like you could get into some trouble with this.  But a lot of fun too.

Toyota pickup with snorkel. Looks like you could get into some trouble with this. But a lot of fun too.

We are home now and I’m doing laundry and cleaning. Hope your day was great!

 

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