Re-enactors make a medical scene come to life during a previous Lantern Tour. Fort Rodd Hills hosts the annual event this Saturday.

Annual Lantern Tour illuminates historic site

Fort Rodd Hill comes alive with history this Saturday

Dust off your coat and get ready to be wrapped in history as you embark on a journey through time, illuminated by the soft glow of a lantern.

Fort Rodd Hill opens its gates to visitors next Saturday for its exclusive annual Lantern Tour. This after dark guided tour takes visitors back in time to Canada’s military past and into the world of soldiers carrying out of their daily activities as part of garrison life. The sights, sounds and smells of life at Fort Rodd Hill from 1897 to 1956 will be on display, brought to life by members of the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association.

“They are a wealth of knowledge and they are very, very passionate,” said Sophie Lauro, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites promotion officer.

Guided tours leave every 15 minutes between 7 and 9:15 p.m. In its 14th year, this event usually sells out, so organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance. While many people attend this event year after year, Lauro said, “every year they do something a little bit different. Sometimes there are a few surprises around the corner.”

The cost is $10 (cash only) for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site annual pass holders or $13.90 for adults, $13.40 for seniors and $11.90 for youth. Proceeds from the tour go to the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association.

This event is suitable for all ages, but organizers warn that participants should dress for cool weather and be prepared for uneven surfaces and walking in the dark. There is also the possibility of loud noises and gun firing sounds throughout the tour. Although, Lauro noted, they do try to warn parents with small children about any of those surprises ahead of time.

To purchase tickets or for more information, phone 250-478-4389.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

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