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Hatley Park National Historic Site

Majestic. Magnificent. Memorable.

In 1908, Laura and James Dunsmuir likely didn't anticipate the legacy they'd create by commissioning Samuel Maclure for the construction of a Tudor-revival manor for their family home. The estate, designed in the spirit of early 20th century mansions, showcased the Dunsmuir family's influence and affluence, and has become an important part of Vancouver Island's history, including serving as home for the Royal Roads Military College from 1940 - 1995 and Royals Roads University today.

While Hatley Castle is the centrepiece of the estate, there's much more to the park: gorgeous Japanese, Italian, and Rose formal gardens that follow Edwardian design; 15km of walking and hiking trails through old-growth forest; a protected migratory bird sanctuary; an historic First Nations' site; and a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait. You'll find everything that makes the West Coast unforgettable only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria.

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Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature.

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2005 Sooke Road,
Victoria, BC
V9B 5Y2

Region: Vancouver Island

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Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.