Hatley Park gardens

Formal gardens closed to public, March 30 to April 2

The formal gardens surrounding Hatley Castle will be closed to the public due to university activities from March 30 to April 2.

Fairytale gardens and an iconic castle

The gardens at Hatley Park are a hidden treasure in Greater Victoria. The blend of horticulture and history — plus an iconic castle — have awed visitors for more than 100 years. You'll find pink cherry blossoms and vibrant rhododendrons, fragrant roses and gently burbling streams. You'll stroll the manicured Italian garden, find tranquility in the Japanese garden and marvel at the scent in the rose garden. And you can do it on your own or as part of a guided tour.

Take a walk

What is now a National Historic Site and home to Royal Roads University, Hatley Park is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families. The site rests on the shores of the Esquimalt Lagoon, with a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Royal Roads University offers free garden access to visitors, so everyone can enjoy the beauty of this place.

Roam 15 km of walking and hiking trails through our exquisite gardens and old-growth forests.

Access to the formal gardens is through the garden booth daily, from 10 a.m. to dusk.

Please note: Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not permitted in the gated garden areas.

Hatley Castle

Guided tours

You can book one-hour guided tours of Hatley Park, with a walk through the first floor of Hatley Castle.

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