Today’s post finds us continuing our new series showcasing the wonderful Hatley Park Castle.   As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this castle eventually was purchased by the federal government and has been converted to Royal Roads Military College.  Eventually it became a private college, as far as I know, civilians can now take courses at this facility.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

This is actually the back of the castle, and it overlooks a wonderful little bay directly on the ocean.  Research indicates the house was originally built on land that was very near the actual ocean, the grounds you see here and the gardens we have yet to explore together were all man-made, after the fact.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

The stonework is astonishing in this building.  The size of the construction crew and the surrounding logistics must have been just simply incredible, even by today’s standards.  The castle creates a foreboding presence on the hill as it overlooks the ocean, and it really fills the visitor with a sense of drama and intrigue.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

As the stairs meander their way up towards the back entrances to the house, you begin to take in all the elements of architectural interest.  As you look skyward, it seems as if the tower goes on forever.  Vines cover the side of the home and during the summer the leaves are very green and create a completely contrasting scene to this one.  The lamp posts adorn the entire grounds and are beautiful examples of stylings from yesteryear.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

As we come upon the landing and begin to take in the facade at level sight, we begin to see the wonderful shape of the windows and doors that adorn this building.  The honey colored doors are typical, and we will see more of them as we continue to explore together.  This last scene was really something that stood out to us…  the size and age of the vines that crawl their way up the castle is absolutely astonishing, and in the context of winter where they exist without leaves, really adds an element of magic and mystique to the entire facility.

We really hope you’re enjoying our continuing series, please stay tuned, we’ve got lot’s more coming!  Please feel free to leave a comment, as we always love to hear from our visitors.




  1. avatar Heath O'Fee says:

    What an awesome location! You’ve done a wonderful job of bringing out all the amazing details in the stonework…really great processing here 🙂

  2. Great location – (so you’ve been to my parents place 😉

    good job with the HDR, processing is lovely.

    • Good Lord, Mark, your parents have a nice house! Can you tell them it was us and maybe next time to NOT release the hounds?? LOL I really appreciate your kind words and support Mark, coming from you good sir this means a ton to me!

  3. avatar Viveca Koh says:

    Great location, and I really like all the creeper straggling over that stonework.

  4. avatar johnsotiriou says:

    Great images, Toad. Can’t wait to see inside!

    • I hope not to be the cause of bummin’ you out here, John, but the place was locked up tight like Fort Knox, we couldn’t get in. We’re going to try this spring, though.. but we DO have a TON more photos of the building itself and some really incredible shots of the garden coming that I promise will not disappoint you! Thanks so much for popping by today and leaving a comment, we really do appreciate that.

  5. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Love the doors and windows! What an awesome place! Good stuff!

  6. This is Awesome Toad!! I love castles, and this one is just gorgeous!! Terrific processing….love each and every angle and shot!!

  7. avatar Dave says:

    Whoa, what a fantastic location. Look like it would be right at home here in England. Great series of shots, you should approach them to do some commercial work, then you’d get your interior shots too. 🙂

    • Now THERE’S a great idea! I actually think Mrs. Toad is going to try and make something like that happen. She’s working on a few initiatives like this with some local heritage places. I am sure it’ll happen! In the meantime, thanks so much for popping by and leaving such a great comment Dave, I really appreciate that!!

  8. avatar mindymilburn says:

    I got so excited reading about this and looking at these photos! Just stunning my friend! I loved each and every one of them and the history of the building must be amazing. What a great find!!! loving this series!

  9. Wow, great location! Top-notch processing too! Great job, Toad!