Hatley Estate is located in Colwood, part of Metro Victoria, Vancouver Island,British Columbia, Canada. The heart of the 500+ acre estate is Hatley Castle, a magnificent 40-room replica of a 15th. century Edwardian castle. It was built in 1908 for James Dunsmuir, who made his fortune in coal and rail, and also served as Premier and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Over the years, it was a centre of social and business life in the area.
The estate was eventually sold to the federal government in the late 1930s, conditional upon it always being used for educational purposes.It became known as Royal Roads Military College, where a great many graduates went on to become leaders in the armed forces and the corporate world. It was declared a National Historic Site of Canada, and after being decommissioned by the military in 1995, it became Royal Roads University.
The castle is surrounded by acres of formal gardens and faces south,looking over a lagoon and the ocean waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.This photo shows the north side of the Castle, with the circular formal garden in front of the main entrance. Being quite early in the year, the large potted plants on the sides of the walkway were not yet in full bloom.
One of the Castle’s more unusual uses was to act as the site of the mutant’s school in the X-Men movie series.

Taken February 14, 2010 with a Fuji S100FS camera.

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  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

    Beautiful…I loke the path leading your eye to the castle.

  • Hi again..many thanks, and glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 4 years ago

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntover 4 years ago

    Great shot, George. Well framed with lovely lighting. Looks like a beautiful spot to visit.

  • Many thanks Merrilyn, it’s really a lovely place..it will look even better when the gardens get into full bloom. I’ll post some more at that time.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful building and surrounds, George, and very interesting information. Wonderful shot!

  • Hi Mike, many thanks, as always :) If you saw any of the X-Men movies, you saw some of the interior, although when they did the shoot-em-up scenes they used a mock-up studio in Burnaby. There’s limits to what the Castle would permit..LOL!

    – George Cousins

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Home somewhere…..”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Good morning Graham..many thanks for the honour, very much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Petrit  Metohu
    Petrit Metohuover 4 years ago

    excellent capture!

  • Thank you very much Pekomeri, i’m glad you liked the image!

    – George Cousins

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