Paddling to Cole Island

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Experience an extraordinary journey from Cole Island to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites a captivating paddle lasting approximately 2 to 3 hours, tailored to your desired level of exploration. Prepare to be enthralled by the enchanting blend of a migratory bird sanctuary, breathtaking natural landscapes, captivating historical sites, and a bustling naval harbor.

This remarkable route promises an unforgettable experience that seamlessly integrates nature, history, and maritime activity.

From: $ 46.00

Prices do not include taxes & charges

Good for groups

Maximum of 8 People

Duration 3 Hours

Historic Cole Island is a peaceful place where visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the site located in the quiet waters at the end of Esquimalt Harbour on the west coast of British Columbia. The island is open from sun up to sun down.  Because of its close proximity to Victoria, BCs capital city, the island is easily accessed by boat. The Royal Navy considered Cole Island strategically important as an ammunition depot as early as 1859. Eventually, 16 solid structures occupied the site. Five of the original structures remain.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites 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. There are numerous interpretive signs and audio-visual stations, as well as period-furnished rooms and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts…and much more.

A couple of hours can do it, but a few hours may be needed for a more thorough exploration of all that it has to offer, so bring along a picnic lunch.

Please heed warning signs and make sure you pack your garbage out.

$46.00 USD Per Person

Change of plans? we get it, things happens. Cancel by contacting us up to 24 hours before your activity starts for a full refund.




I run one of Victoria’s top stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) company. We’re all about getting people into the water and connecting with the beautiful nature of our region. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, our certified instructors will ensure your SUP tour around the beautiful Victoria waterfront will be one to remember.

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