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.

Just Posted

Victoria Police seize drugs, replica firearms and $50,000 in cash after searching Victoria home

A property in the 600-block of Manchester Avenue is focus of investigation

Saanich resident leads crusade against cigarettes in B.C. drugstores

Province allows drugstores to sell cigarettes and some feel policy should change, retailers disagree

VICTORIA FRINGE FEST: There’s always something new to discover on stage

33rd annual live theatre festival has numerous styles and topics to choose from

Federal government funds 60 ‘micro-loft’ rental units set to open on Fort Street

The Sawyer Block at 840 Fort St. will house affordable units and a small amount of retail space

PHOTOS: India Mela celebrates culture, dance and food

The annual downtown event brought culture and fun together

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Groovy wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Vancouver Island senior found safe with help from six search and rescue teams

Wayne Strilesky found safe in thick brush in north Nanaimo

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Most Read