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Credit: courtesy Royal Roads

The university’s lease charges Royal Roads with educating the public about the site as well as maintaining and preserving the 226-hectare (565-acre) property’s heritage assets. Those assets include all the buildings, Hatley Castle, 10 formal gardens, and trails through some of the most distinctive old-growth forest on Vancouver Island. “Our mandate is to both care for and share the magnificent natural and heritage assets of this site,” says Nancy Arsenault, director of the tourism and outreach division. The university offers twice-weekly garden workshops, as well as daily tours of the castle, gardens and estate. For more information on services and schedules visit www.royalroads.ca or call 250-391-2666; toll free 1-866-241-0674.