Parks Canada has developed a draft management plan for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, and is seeking feedback.
The plan outlines specific targets and strategies to be implemented at the site over a decade to conserve and present the cultural and natural heritage.
The first key strategy in the plan is to conserve a cultural landscape.
“Like the fortifications that were active a century ago, the sites continue to offer protection, supporting the conservation of significant cultural and natural resources on behalf of Canadians,” the plan says. “Conservation and presentation of these resources honours previous generations, provides benefits for today’s visitors, and fosters future support for the ongoing protection of cultural and natural resources.”
Within this strategy, objectives are to maintain or improve the condition of the heritage buildings, objects and archeological resources, and the natural environment and landscape.
The second key strategy is to work with partners including First Nations, local governments, cultural heritage organizations, researchers, volunteers, conservation groups, social organizations, and the tourism industry
“Strategic relationships are important for mutual success, and Parks Canada can contribute to and benefit from a range of collaborative opportunities,” the plan says.
Objectives in this strategy include strengthen relationships with First Nations and key partners, and improve transportation to the site as well as mapping and information for how to access the site.
The final key strategy is to welcome visitors.
“Like the lighthouse itself, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are a beacon in the Greater Victoria Region, inspiring travel and exploration,” the plan says. “This strategy focuses on innovative and meaningful visitor experiences, and increasing awareness about Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, locally and across Canada.”
Objectives include maintaining or improving accessible and meaningful experiences, increase awareness of the experiences, increase the number of annual visitors, and increasing the number of community and family events.
Consultation is taking place for the plan until April 23. Feedback can be submitted on the Parks Canada website.