Esquimalt's Fort Macaulay Historic Interpretation Event took place on Saturday May 27, 2017 at scenic Macaulay Point Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event was part of the Township of Esquimalt’s Canada 150 celebrations.
Fort Macaulay is a coastal defence fortress built in 1895 by the Royal Engineers. Many of the original buildings and structures on the site remain largely intact.
The interpretive event featured members of the Victoria - Esquimalt Military Re - Enactors Association (VEMRA) with their encampment and displays. Additional displays and interpretive materials were provided by Esquimalt Archives, the Royal BC Museum, the Ashton Garrison Museum and the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum.
A lone piper from the Canadian Scottish Regiment performed at the event, and new permanent interpretive signage designs — being developed with funding from the Government of Canada — were unveiled by Mayor Barbara Desjardins. The signs will be installed at Fort Macaulay during the summer of 2017.
The buildings and gun emplacements at the site were numbered and indexed to a handout with brief historical references to each, and historical experts were on site to answer questions and provide additional information. The event is held on the same weekend as the annual Swiftsure Race, so in addition to enjoying the Fort Macaulay event, the public had close-up views of sailboats participating in the race.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.