The world's best-preserved coastal artillery fort (it dates to 1895) and Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse occupy a parklike backdrop 8 miles west of Victoria. You can walk through most of the buildings, including the lighthouse keeper's house, married quarters, guard houses, and the delightfully named fortress-plotting room. Interactive exhibits let you navigate a 19th-century schooner. Wandering deer, forest trails, and historic military hardware share the rolling seaside site, and the views from the gun emplacements over the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour are fabulous. To get here, take Highway 1A west to Ocean Boulevard.