Hatley Park National Historic Site, Colwood

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Hatley Park National Historic Site is located in Colwood, British Columbia in Greater Victoria. It is the site of Hatley Castle, a Classified Federal Heritage Building. Since 1995, the mansion and estate have been used for the public Royal Roads University. From the 1940s to 1995, it was used for the Royal Roads Military College, a naval training facility.The extensive grounds of the historic site have formal gardens, former farmland, and trails through mature stands of first and second-growth forest, including large Douglas fir and western red cedar.HistoryHatley Castle and GardensIn 1906, B.C.'s Lieutenant Governor, James Dunsmuir, who was of Scottish descent, purchased the property. He and his wife Laura commissioned the renowned Canadian architect Samuel Maclure to build a 40-room mansion in the Scottish baronial style; the Tudor revival style was popular in the Edwardian period. The Dunsmuirs created many beautiful formal gardens using the services of renowned American garden designers Franklin Brett and George D. Hall of Boston, Massachusetts. The Dunsmuirs named their estate "Hatley Park", in the tradition of British and European private estates. The castle became a landmark and was occupied by descendants of the Dunsmuir family until the last years of the Great Depression.
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  • There are two attractions here: the gardens and the "castle." As others have noted, the castle can be close for a variety of reasons (weddings, classes, etc.), so if that is the reason for your visit,...  more »
  • We stopped on our way from Victoria to Sooke. I wouldn't make the drive just for this attraction but was a pleasant stop on he route. We just missed the guided tour of the grounds and didn't want to w...  more »
  • Steeped in history, near the sea yet tucked into the natural environment, the gardens simply take your breath away. One can see what attracts people to the this place over and over again, a stunning r...  more »
  • Beautiful old growth Forrest and easy well maintained path way through Forrest so take a quick detour walk before heading straight for the castle and enjoy for yourself.
  • Would it have been too much to ask for the school to post a prominent message on their website that the castle will be closed due to classes being in session? We drove 45 minutes to see this place after scouring through a website that is confusing to navigate only to find a notice saying the castle was closed. And this place actually teaches business courses - they need to learn a thing about customer service first.
  • Castle closed without any notice for summer classes. Gift shop also closed- no reason posted. Ridiculous!
  • Amazing! Perhaps the best castle in Canada, truly historic.
  • Great architecture and beautifully maintained gardens.