AAA Editor Notes
Hatley Park National Historic Site is at 2005 Sooke Rd. The 216.5-hectare (565-acre) Hatley Park estate offers a variety of hands-on, educational visitor experiences. With its preserved old-growth forests, heritage gardens and spectacular vistas that overlook the Esquimalt Lagoon and the Juan de Fuca Strait, the centerpiece of this magnificent site is a 40-room Edwardian home built in 1908 by former British Columbia premier and lieutenant governor James Dunsmuir.
The Hatley Park Museum, part of the historic site, has exhibits reflecting the estate's days as home to the Dunsmuir family, its days as Royal Roads Military College and its current use as the home of Royal Roads University. The site's formal gardens are organized into garden rooms (Japanese, Rose and Italian), recreational spaces (croquet lawn, terrace lawn), agricultural zones and surrounding forest.