Hatley Castle

06 Jul

We went for an outing to Hatley Castle (a.k.a Royal Roads University) the other day and I just had to take some photos.  What a beautiful spot, right on the ocean at Esquimalt Lagoon.  It has been the setting for many movies, including Little Women!  It is currently a post graduate university offering MBA’s.  My husband was lucky enough to be a student here in 1995 which was the very last year military graduates walked its grounds.  The castle was completed in 1908 for Scottish coal and rail baron James Dunsmuir, who was Lieutenant Governor and Premier of British Columbia during the early 1900s.  In 1940 the building was sold to the federal government of Canada for military use.  The grounds were once spectacular and meticulously maintained by the military.  Now, much of the famed gardens are overgrown and the fields are covered in goose poop.  The one garden that is worth seeing (the Japanese gardens) are now private and one must pay to walk through it.  My husband dies a little inside every time we go as he cannot help but notice the decline and remark on it (again and again!)

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Hatley Castle

  1. kim

    May 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I miss this blog…………


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