The Fisgard Lighthouse will be open free to the public on July 1 as part of Canada Day festivities at Fort Rodd Hill.

Celebrate the nation’s birthday at Fort Rodd Hill on July 1

History and tradition a part of family oriented celebration

Attending Canada Day events at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse national historic site has become a tradition for many on the West Shore.

An estimated 5,000 people took part in activities at the park in Colwood last summer, thrilling to military gun exercises staged by members of the 5th Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, checking out the various historical displays on site and gobbling up that famous Thrifty Foods birthday cake.

“As soon as the guns are finished (doing the 21-gun salute) people line up for cake. It’s amazing,” says Sophie Lauro, promotion officer at Fort Rodd Hill.

Entrance to the fort’s buildings and lighthouse is free for the day. The lineup also includes musical entertainment by Sarah and Lara and percussion ensemble Organized Khaos, kid’s games and activities and a Second World War rationing demo at the canteen.

Other food will be available for a charge, as a fundraiser for the Legion ladies auxiliary.

Lauro says the free day offers a good chance for people who haven’t been to the site in some time to reacquaint themselves with its historical significance and sprawling acreage, which includes a beachfront.

The site opens at 10 a.m. at the bottom of Fort Rodd Hill Rd., off Ocean Boulevard. Parking is available, but a free shuttle bus leaves regularly from the Juan de Fuca park and ride at the Island Highway. No pets are permitted in the park.

For more information, call 250-478-5849, or visit http://bit.ly/1q7W4fz.

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Activities are in store for all ages

Here is the schedule for Canada Day festivities at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites:

– 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Second World War rationing demonstration at the canteen

– 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Performance by “Sarah and Lara” vocalists from The Sirens

– 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s games and activities. Children can pick-up a copy of the Xplorer activity booklet and obtain a reward after completion.

– 11:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Performance by the 5th (B.C.) Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery

– Noon to 12:05 p.m. – Guns of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, RCA fire 21-gun salute – Be prepared for the very cool and loud bang!

– 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Canada’s 147th birthday cake served

– 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Live entertainment including percussion ensemble Organized Khaos,

– 4:00 p.m. –  closing announcement

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Happy holiday!