|HATLEY CASTLE AND GARDENS
This is a delightful garden west of Victoria that we
had entirely to ourselves, while Butchart Gardens
is thronged by crowds. When we visited a small
museum was open in the basement, but it wasn't
possible to tour the house. The castle was built by
James Dunsmuir, BC Premier from 1900 to 1902 and
son of Robert Dunsmuir, wealthy coal baron who
built Victoria's other faux Scottish castle:
The garden was divided into two main sections.
Live peacocks wandered around the ornate Italian
garden with marble statuary. The extensive
Japanese garden was centered around a large
pond and made use of water features.
Official Hatley Castle Website
by Bob Kelly