Ah, the smell of the ocean breezes, the sounds of lapping waves against the shores as gulls cry in the distance… sights and sounds that bring an instant sense of tranquility and peace to all. It’s truly hard to beat the feeling you get while visiting the shore and experiencing all the ambience it has to offer. One of our favorite places to visit in this context is most definitely Fisgard Lighthouse, a lighthouse that has stood tall and proud for a very long time here on the west coast of Canada as it guided sailors into harbor after a voyage out to sea.
Fisgard Lighthouse forms an integral part of our heritage and history out here on the west coast of Canada, a history we’ve discussed and shared previously in our post “A Beacon Through The Fog“. It’s been noted many times before that even though our colonial history dates back only around 150 years, there is a deep sentiment formed from the stories that create the tapestry of this history.
Today Fisgard Lighthouse is the heart of the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, a treasure here on Vancouver Island that many visitors flock to over the course of the year. The bright red building is a landmark that can be seen from many vantages around the region, and forms a part of the features found at Fort Rodd Park.
Up until the 1940’s, this lighthouse was a key beacon for navigation in the area, home to lighthouse keepers with storied pasts all their own. A life as a lighthouse keeper would be one that would be considered extremely difficult in today’s standards, and in some cases these keepers paid dues for their duties in the form of their very lives. It was a solitary existence fraught with danger.
The lighthouse takes on different characteristics as the seasons change and the weather conditions follow. Even though we are in a fairly temperate weather zone, the west coast storms are famous for their ferocity and drama, being the cause for many a life lost out here. This all forms an important part of the allure and romance one finds when visiting sites like this, particularly in today’s age where our cars are parked in lots nearby and our homes are safe havens from all that mother nature has to throw at us.
Today, many of Canada’s lighthouses are in danger of being lost and forgotten as the age of satellite navigation and digital maps prevail. We believe that this increases the draw sites like this have on our hearts as we yearn to hang onto the fringes of the past as the future arrives at the speed of light.
Thank you very much for your visit to The Hollow today, we really appreciate it. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.