Fisgard Lighthouse


Fisgard Lighthouse

Blackfish Adventures launches new marine tour. From Victoria Harbour To Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada
WHERE: Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria BC
Main dock between fingers 4 and 5 (follow the balloons)
WHEN: Thursday, June 17th at 1:30 pm

Join us for our “Open Boat” Party celebrating Blackfish’s new tour offering for Victoria. This event will provide an opportunity for media to find out what we will be doing as well as to inspect the 45 foot Aquitania, the vessel that will be used for the marine portion of these tours.  This all wood, cedar-strip vessel which we constructed, is a West Coast version of an Edwardian Launch, a vessel popular in England during Queen Victoria’s reign.  She features Edwardian art work and a canopy to protect passengers from the sun and the elements. She also happens to be the largest cedar strip vessel of its kind.

Your tour to Fort Rodd will acquaint you with the marine life and coastline enroute. The newly renovated Fisgard Lighthouse will be the feature historic attraction.  Unfortunately we will have to forego tour options (which include exploring Esquimalt Lagoon Bird Sanctuary and hiking a fascinating old growth forest trail which leads from Fort Rodd to Hatley Park National Historic Site). 

Dockside Activities:   
1:30  Blackfish will welcome the media to inspect the Aquitania . A short talk by Captain Al will explain why he chose to reinvent himself and his vessel, and why this new tour should be popular with Victorians and tourists alike.  Patriotic songs will be sung, and flags waved. Refreshments will be served.
2:00 Official rededication of our vessel, the “Aquitania” will take place at this time followed by Lynn Jackson performing the award winning song she composed for Victoria.  We expect persons in Edwardian era costumes and some musicians to help us celebrate this event in style.
2:30  Our Fam Tour to Fort Rodd will commence.  Media and invited guests in period costumes will be given priority seating aboard either the Aquitania or on the accompanying whale watching vessel, piloted by Ron King, of Sea King Adventures.
3:00  We arrive at Fort Rodd Hill to be greeted by a  Parks Canada official in traditional attire. Park staff will give media and guests a guided tour of their newly constructed Fisgard Lighthouse displays.
4:15  We return to Fisherman’s wharf



Fisgard Lighthouse transport from Victoria

Yes Virginia, there now is a marine link between Victoria Harbour and Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and its star attraction, Fisgard Lighthouse.

This new tour for Victoria features a marine wildlife experience enroute Esquimalt Harbour, in conjunction with a walking tour of historic Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.  For those wanting to make a day of it there is the opportunity to hike an old growth forest trail to Esquimalt Lagoon Bird Sanctuary, or proceed further to visit Hatley Park National Historic Site– renown for their gardens and ocean setting.  The diversity of activities offered, and a time line ranging from 3 to 7 hours should appeal to a wide cross section of ages and interests.

The marine portion of the tour will beconducted in a unique 45 foot cedar strip vessel, the “Aquitania”.   Modeled after the Edwardian Launches of early 1900’s England, she is spacious and comfortable, featuring Edwardian art and wood work. Protection from the sun and rain for the 12 passengers carried is provided by a traditional striped canopy.  Our Aquitania sails from Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria Harbour, with scheduled daily tours as follows: 

Vessel Departure/Arrival Times
(June to end of September)

Depart From Fisherman’s Wharf

Arrive Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

Exploring the Fort, Lighthouse and beaches

Depart From

Arrive Back Fisherman’s Wharf




1 hour & 45 min.



Lighhtouse/Fort Rodd Marine tour Prices: Adults $45. Seniors & Teens $30. children $20.   Price includes admission to Fort and Lighthouse, as well as a two for one admission charge to Hatley Park National Historic Site attractions: their Edwardian Gardens self guided tour and their 1 hr guided Walking Estate Tour (both castle and grounds). This voucher can be used for any future trip to Hatley Park (by any other means of conveyance).  Note that this hike to Hatley Park will require guests to use public transport or taxi to return to Victoria. 

Evening musical cruises of the Harbour and Gorge Waterways  will be conducted daily at 7 pm. throughout the summer. Because of the speed and shallow draft of our vessel, we are able to traverse the Reversing Falls of this tidal waterway to reach as far as Portage Inlet, tides permitting. A “musician of the week” is on hand to rouse the guests into singing traditional songs - if not dance.  
Cost: $30. per person.

 For Information and Reservations
Call Blackfish Adventures (250) 508-1981

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