Our Stories

Italian Gardens

Renewal and rejuvenation at Royal Roads

For some people, Royal Roads University is all about the past. For some, notably its students, Royal Roads is all about the future. Now, in the present, the university is working to preserve its past as an enduring gift to its future — and to the community that surrounds it.
Water wheel in Japanese Garden

Renewal for Royal Roads’ iconic water wheel

The waterwheel in the Japanese Gardens is a powerful symbol of rebirth and regeneration, and an example of how man, machine and nature can work together in harmony. This iconic feature was skillfully restored by local artisans thanks to the generous support of community donors.
Wisteria in Italian Garden

Gardens & Healing

Did you know it takes only 120 minutes each week to experience the many health benefits of time in nature? Today, Hatley Park welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year, free of charge. Your gift will improve access to this powerfully restorative landscape, and help build community resilience.
Hands holding a grate full of fresh vegetables

Increase Food Production

This land sustained Indigenous communities long before James Dunsmuir established a working farm at Hatley Castle. Your gift will transform the seven-acre Walled Garden into a model organic garden and living lab that boosts food security and feeds community.
Tea Pavilion in Japanese Garden

Restore Garden Heritage

Our magnificent heritage gardens are now more than 100 years old. There is much to be done to protect and enhance the Royal Roads gardens for the future. What will your gift grow?
Group of students walking on campus

Commemorative Giving

Whether you come here to relax, reflect or re-energize, let us help you celebrate what the gardens have meant to you and the important people in your life.