Hatley Park is located in Colwood, a suburb of the provincial capital of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is located within an easy 1/2 to 3/4 hour drive from most of the major tourist destinations of Southern Vancouver Island. It is also on the route from Victoria to Sooke British Columbia, the gateway to the Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island. Hatley Park is the location of Canada's newest public university, Royal Roads University, and its public gardens. They are located on 140 acres of land leased from a 650 acre parcel of land owned by the Canadian Government. The university and gardens are surrounded by an urban forest containing elements of all biotic zones of Vancouver Island except alpine and coastal rain forest. The campus area borders on a saltwater lagoon which is a bird and wildlife sanctuary. From most parts of the grounds and gardens, it is possible to look across the straits of Juan de Fuca towards the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The entire property in its present form was once the private estate of the Hon. James Dunsmuir, at one time one of the wealthiest individuals on the Pacific Coast of North America The gardens at Hatley Park feature a wide variety of plants and plantings, from formal to esoteric to naturalistic.
Elements include: a Japanese garden and pond, a native old growth forest, a glen, tennis court gardens, camellia wall, Italian garden, rose garden and 1908 Edwardian estate architecture.
Plants in the Japanese Garden
Japanese sub-garden and pond. Native old growth forest. 1908 Edwardian estate architecture.
On the ocean, amidst the forest, by the castle, in the gardens, Hatley Park National Historic Site is one of the most beautiful and diverse properties in Canada. Located 25 minutes west of downtown Victoria, this 565-acre site features more than 15 kilometres of walking trails through a rare ecosystem that includes old growth forest, Gary Oak meadows, and a wildlife sanctuary. At the heart of this Edwardian estate are exquisite Japanese, Italian and Rose Gardens, a museum, and Hatley Castle, built by renowned architect Samuel Maclure for former Premier, Lieutenant Governor and coal baron James Dunsmuir.
For more information on tours, special events and festivals call 391-2666, toll-free 1-866-241-0674 or check http://www.hatleypark.ca/about-us/
Discover Victoria's best kept secret at 2005 Sooke Road, on Highway 1A, in Colwood. Daily castle & garden guided tours, weekly garden, birdwatching & geocache workshops.
Talking before the iris flowers:
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