Restoration funds $4M for Fort Rodd upgrade

Part of $33.6 million infrastructure project for coastal B.C.

Some of the oldest concrete in Canada will get much needed repair, courtesy of a grant from the federal government.

Fort Rodd Hill Historic Site will receive about $4 million as part of $33.6 million in funding for infrastructure in Parks Canada sites along coastal B.C.

John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, made the announcement Wednesday at Fort Rodd Hill.

Much of the funding will go toward restoring the fort’s walls and barracks to restore their structural integrity, Duncan said. The fort was built in the 1890s.

“The government is taking steps across the country to improve infrastructure in our national parks, one of our most important federal assets

Duncan said. “It’s part of $2.6 billion in funding, which is the largest investment in the history of our parks.”

Improvements also include $570 new exterior lighting at Fort Rodd hill, $922 for conservation of ecosystems and recovery strategies for species at risk.

The improvements across Canada are part of an effort to attract new and younger  Canadians to Parks Canada and help promote healthy activities like walking and hiking, Duncan noted.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse national sites welcome about 50,000 visitors a year.

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