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Colwood in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications

Les Fortifications de Victoria-Esquimalt

 
 
Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location. 48° 26.01′ N, 123° 27.22′ W. Marker is in Colwood, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached
Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications Marker
Site entrance station in background
from Fort Rodd Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colwood, British Columbia V9C, Canada.
 
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).
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, 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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