Hatley Castle & Gardens

Hatley Castle

Explore the Royal Roads Campus

The Royal Roads University campus is located within Hatley Park, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse National Historic Sites. We’re located on the south end of Vancouver Island, 20 minutes from Victoria, British Columbia. Enjoy our fascinating history and diversity and our 565 oceanfront acres with an amazing view of the majestic Olympic Mountains in the USA.

On our campus you will find old growth forests and serpentine trails mingling with formal gardens, a rare ecosystem, and a bird sanctuary on a lagoon. At the centre of it all is a magnificent castle, built in 1908 by former Premier of British Columbia and coal baron, Lord Dunsmuir. Hatley Castle is surrounded by heritage buildings that hearken back to the Royal Roads Military College era. 

Take a break during your residency to explore the campus, or schedule a campus tour to discover the Royal Roads University history, and learn more about our past.

Student walking in front of Hatley CastleHatley Castle

If the castle looks familiar to you, it could be because you’ve seen it on TV or in the movies. For over 75 years, directors, film crews, and photographers have been drawn to the beauty of Hatley Park, and have chosen our location for over 33 major motion pictures. If you’re lucky, something might be filmed while you are on campus.

The castle is a magnificent 40-room replica of a 15th century Edwardian castle. The grand family home was frequented by socialites, gentlemen farmers, business leaders, and visiting royalty. Ishiburo Kishida designed the beautiful Japanese Gardens at the world renowned Butchart Gardens, and also designed the Japanese Gardens that add another level of beauty to Hatley Park.

You can arrange a guided tour of the castle and the campus by calling 250.391.2666 or by email.