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Colwood in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast (North America)
 

Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications

Les Fortifications de Victoria-Esquimalt

 
 
Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, June 25, 2013
1. Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker
Inscription.  From 1878 to 1956 coast artillery installations protected the city of Victoria and the naval base at Esquimalt. Temporary batteries were constructed in response to the Anglo-Russian crisis of 1878, and in the 1890s Canada negotiated with Great Britain for the building of a series of permanent defences to be manned by British troops. Canada took control of these fortifications in 1906 and, by the end of the Second World War, they had been rebuilt and greatly expanded. They were declared obsolete in 1956.

De 1878 à 1956, des batteries côtières protégèrent la villa de Victoria et la base navale d'Esquimalt. Face à la crise anglo-russe de 1878, on aménagea des batteries temporaires et, dans les années 1890, le Canada négocia avec la Grande-Bretagne la construction de fortifications permanentes défendues par une garnison britannique. Le Canada prit ces fortifications en charge en 1906, puis les reconstruisit et les agrandit considérablement avant la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Elles furent déclarées désuètes en 1956.
 
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This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
 
Location. 48° 26.01′ N, 123° 27.22′ W. Marker is in Colwood, British Columbia, in Capital. Marker can be reached from Fort Rodd Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colwood BC V9C, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coast Defence Artillery Positions: 1878-1956 (a few steps from this marker); Upper, Lower, Belmont Batteries (a few steps from this marker); "Ack Ack" (Anti-Aircraft) Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Defensible Wall / Mur défensif (within shouting distance of this marker); 90 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Battery / Batterie supérieure (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guardhouse / Corps de garde (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker
Site entrance station in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada.   2. submitted on July 9, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 9, 2023