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Name: Fisgard Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Location: Vancouver Island, entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.


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Managing Organization:
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard National Historic Sites

Telephone: 250-478-5849

Website: http://www.fisgardlighthouse.com

Contact Address Information:
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Victoria
British Columbia, V9C 2W8, Canada

Notes:
This is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Canada. The Fisgard Lighthouse Preservation Society assists Parks Canada in operating the canteen and supporting Parks Canada programs. For more information call (250) 391-1393.

Description of Tower: White, conical brick tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Brick, two-story keeper's house.

Date Established: 1860

Date Present Tower Built: 1860

Date Automated: 1929

Optics: 1860: Fourth order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, historic site, museum.

Open To Public? Yes.

Museum?
Open daily March 01 - Oct. 31 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and weekends Nov. 1 - Feb. 28 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inside the keeper's house are two floors of exhibits, dealing with shipwrecks, storms, lighthouses, and the everyday working equipment of the lightkeeper a century ago. Fisgard Lighthouse is staffed on weekends by Parks Canada volunteers. For information on the sites’ Parks Canada Volunteer Program, call (250) 478-5631 or email dave_king@pch.gc.ca

Directions:
Head north on Douglas Street (Victoria's main street) until it turns into Highway 1. Take the Colwood exit (exit #10). Follow Highway 1A, then turn left at the third traffic light onto Ocean Boulevard. Follow the signs to the lighthouse site. Admiralty Marine Adventures offers a boat tour that includes the lighthouse; see www.victoriabcguide.com/admiralty.htm or call 250-413-7537.

Keepers: George Nicholas Davies (1860-1866), Rosina (Warner) Davies, William Bevis (?-1879), Mrs. Bevis (1879-?), Joseph Dare (1884-1898, drowned on duty), William Cormack (1898), Josiah Gosse (?-1929)

Nearby Lodging: The nearest campground is at Goldstream Provincial Park (250) 391-2300, about 8km (5 miles) west. For more accommodation information, phone Discover BC toll free at 1-800-663-6000.

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