The Victoria area has over 15 different museums, reflecting its location on the West
Coast and its cultural diversity.
[ Victoria | North to Saanich | West to Sooke ]
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse Historic Sites
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road (Colwood)
The Fort's three gun batteries were built in the 1890s to protect the Royal navy base in Esquimalt, and kept operational until the 1950s, once coastal artillery became obsolete. The 18 hectare waterfront park has spectacular views, and has beaches, tidal pools and forest trails to explore (because of wildlife, no pets are allowed). The Fisgard Lighthouse was the first permanent lighthouse on the BC coast, built in 1860. Displays inside the lightkeeper's house includes old maps, models, and photos of lighthouses, shipwrecks as well as light-making equipment through the years.
More Fort Rodd images... Metchosin Museum & Schoolhouse
Metchosin & Happy Valley Rds
This is the first school in BC, after the province joined Confederation in 1871. The school was finally closed in 1949. It is now an area museum, open Saturday and Sunday afternoons from April to October.
Sooke Region Museum and Art Gallery
Highway 14, on Sooke side of Sooke River Bridge (14 km from Colwood)
This museum provides an interesting look at pioneer life, with costumed actors. Buildings include the Moss Cottage, and the reconstructed Sheringham Point Lighthouse. Exhibits include logging and fishing artifacts, Coast Salish items. Open year-round except Winter Mondays.