Lighthouse View

Fisgard Lighthouse Historical Site Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

Built November 16, 1860 Now Automated 48° 26' N 123° 27' W

The first lighthouse on Canada's west coast is still in operation! There hasn't been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929, but every year many thousands of visitors step inside a real l9th century light, and capture some of the feeling of ships wrecked and lives saved.

Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard's red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy's Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Lighthouse

Smoky Sun

Smoky Sun

Hundreds of wildfires burning across B.C. have blanketed large areas of the province in smoke and triggered air quality warnings. Over the weekend, nearly 150 new fires were sparked by lightning strikes as a storm system passed over the province, raising the total number of wildfires burning across B.C. to around 600. The smoke from these fires has drifted into neighboring provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.