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Paddling to Cole Island

paddling Esquimalt Harbour to Cole Island

  • 50 Canadian dollars
  • Stewart Beach

Service Description

The Cole Island to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites paddle is an excellent 2 to 3 hours trip depending on how much you would like to explore. When you consider that this route encompasses a migratory bird sanctuary, beautiful natural areas, many interesting historical sites and a busy, working naval harbor. Historic Cole Island is located in Esquimalt Harbour on the west coast of British Columbia. 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. In June 2006, Cole Island was officially recognized as a national historic site. It was designated part of a “National Historic District” by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The district is considered to be the “most complete site of Royal Naval activity and infrastructure in the Commonwealth”. 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. The island is open from sun-up to sun-down. Please heed warning signs and make sure you pack your garbage out! 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 need for a more thorough exploration of all that it has to offer, so bring along a picnic lunch.

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Cancellation Policy

Events For an event: The entire amount is requested for the reservation. In case of injury or incident, please contact us 24 hours before the event and 100% of the total amount will be refunded. A deadline will be sent to you to make your reservation. A minimum of people must be registered before this deadline, otherwise we will have to cancel or postpone the event. Excursions / Locations A form must be given and a deposit of $ 100 will be given to you at the end. However, if the equipment has not returned in good condition the deposit will not be returned to you for the use of the material. (In the extreme case, you will be charged an additional fee;) Payment: We accept credit cards, Paypal, e transfer and cash. The amount will be debited before leaving with the board. You can also book your board in advance by contacting us privately, we will reserve your equipment with a deposit of 10$ which will be refundable if cancellation more than 24 hours in advance. Cancellation, bad conditions: we will have to postpone the exit for your safety. We will contact you 24 hours in advance to decide. Thank you for your understanding. Send us a message so that we can reach our risk acceptance form in printable version at home or return by email to: Thank you for your understanding of our cancellation tickets. We offer a good service and at the same time be able to continue to offer a variety of activities out of the ordinary!

Contact Details


Paddle & Go Victoria SUP Co., Kerwood Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

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