Finally, an adventure! I have always said it is important to explore your own back yard but I did not expect to discover a Fort dating back to 1878! What was even more astonishing was finding it literally down the street from where I once lived in Esquimalt, next door to Victoria. Macaulay Park was established in 1985. I could not find anything about when what is left of the fort was opened to the public.
It was a perfect foggy late morning, fog horn echoing in the distance. The white walls of the first battery rose above, the silence of guns never fired in defense or aggression. The stillness punctuated by boys playing with, what else, toy water guns.
Discovering the various buildings, climbing the battery sites, finding the Guardhouse tunnel and walking up it were all a bit eerie as well as very interesting. A stroll in the park, a multi million dollar view, free to all, and a little history lesson.