Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada

Feature Type:National Historic Site - A place declared to be of national historic interest or significance by the Minister responsible for the administration of the Historic Sites and Monuments Act of Canada.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: At entrance to Esquimalt Harbour, just W of Victoria, Esquimalt Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°25'53''N, 123°26'58''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/6

Origin Notes and History:

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site designated by Parks Canada in 1958. Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park was established 8 February 1962, extending beyond the property designated as a National Historic Site in 1958; park boundary extended 29 November 1973 to include Cole Island. Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and lieu historique national du Fort-Rodd Hill, as well as Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park and Parc historique national du Fort-Rodd Hill, are all identified in "Canada's Geographical Names Approved in English and in French", published in August 1994 by Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. Parks Canada no longer uses the term 'national historic park' and the designation for the entire property was changed to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada and Lieu historique national du Canada du Fort Rodd Hill on 12 October 2004, per PC 2004-1160: National Historic Sites of Canada Order.

Source: included with note

"Fort Rodd Hill is a coast artillery fort built in the late 1890s to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. The fort includes three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements."......"Fort Rodd Hill NHS commemorates the national significance of the Victoria-Esquimalt coast artillery fortress in the defence of Victoria and the naval base at Esquimalt harbour, as part of the larger defence strategy of the British Empire and Canada, 1878 to 1956." (excerpt from Parks Canada's National Historic Sites website, March 1999). See also NHS brochure for interpretive history, bibliography and annotated map.

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Named after John Rashleigh Rodd, first lieutenant on HMS Fisgard, on the Pacific Station 1844-47.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office