Explore Our World

While Hatley Castle is the centrepiece of the majestic estate, there's so much more to self-explore at Hatley 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; a historic First Nations' site; and a spectacular view of the Juan de Fuca Strait. You'll find everything that makes the West Coast unforgettable only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria. Access to Hatley Castle is via a guided tour only.  To protect our gardens, we do not permit dogs in the gated garden areas.

Royal Roads University is pleased to extend complimentary garden access to our community to provide access for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the gardens anytime.  Please note, restricted areas may apply.

To ensure your planned visit is not impacted by university activities, we ask for tour groups, photography sessions, and media shoots to contact eventrequests@royalroads.ca in advance of their visit.