Hatley Park is considered one of the finest examples of an intact Edwardian estate and was designated a National Historic Site in 1995. Situated near the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the 565-acre property reflects the richness and diversity of British Columbia.
In 1912, the Dunsmuirs engaged the American landscape architects Franklin Brett and George D. Hall to develop a landscape for the entire site. They prepared a classic design for an Edwardian park that included the overall layout for the entire property. As the university does not receive any federal, provincial or municipal funding to maintain the largest historic site in Canada, the gardeners must make choices about the areas that can be best presented. To this end, the Japanese, Rose and Italian gardens are our showcase areas of the property.