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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.Put Hatley Park National Historic Site and other Colwood attractions into our Colwood vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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We were unable to take tour of inside of Castle because of time. The grounds are beautiful trees shrubs flowers worth the time more »
James Dunsmuir's retirement estate, beautiful historic castle with 26 acre gardens. The Japanese garden was designed by the same designer who did the Japanese Garden in Butchart garden. It is a beauti... more »
This Castle is beautiful and the grounds are amazing. We enjoyed our tour, only wished we were able to see more once we go inside the castle. We were only allowed to see the first floor. The gardens s... more »
Beautiful place. Great University. Both parents have graduated from Royal Roads with master's degrees.
They had a private event going on and shut down all tours. My first stop after the ferry ride was here and I wasted an hour just to tour the front door myself. Would have been nice if they updated their website. I never got the chance to tour the castle. But it's beautiful, regardless. Wish I could have seen it!
This is where X-Men was filmed. Nice grounds. Several beautiful gardens. It is a good place to jog.
I attend school at Royal Roads. This campus is beautiful all year round. Lots of peacocks, ducks and sea otters. Bring your camera.
NEVER BEEN SO 5 STAR REVIEW NOT ACCURATE but I want to go here someday! Are you a Smallville, Arrow, or X-Men, fan? They film scenes here. It's the Luthor Mansion in Smallville, The Queen Mansion in Arrow, and Professor X's school for gifted youngsters. Cool stuff! It's been in many other TV shows and movies as well but those are the shows I can say I've seen. Has a lot of history too other than the entertainment industry in case you don't care about the above mentioned.
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