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Colwood

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Lighthouses · Castles · Wildlife Areas
Colwood is a city located on Vancouver Island to the southwest of Victoria, capital of British Columbia. Colwood was incorporated in 1985 and has a population of approximately 15,000 people. Colwood lies within the boundaries of the Victoria Census Metropolitan area or Capital Regional District, in a region called the Western Communities, or the West Shore. It is one of the 13 component municipalities of Greater Victoria.One of Colwood's best known landmark is Hatley Castle, now home to Royal Roads University. It is a Scottish Baronial mansion and grounds originally built as a residence for James Dunsmuir, Premier and later Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Colwood almost became the seat of the Crown of the Commonwealth realm in 1940, when, after the start of World War II, the government planned to relocate King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and their children, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, to the castle for protection. But they decided to stay in London and Windsor, near the European front. The government transferred the estate to the Canadian Armed Forces. It adapted the site for use as Royal Roads Military College, a naval training facility from 1941-mid-1990s. The military college was closed in the 1990s, and the estate is now the campus of the public Royal Roads University, which opened in 1995. The original residence is surrounded by extensive formal gardens, including a featured Japanese garden.
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Castle
Hatley Castle
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Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Hatley Park National Historic Site
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary
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Duration: 2 hours

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The Butchart Gardens Central Saanich
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Goldstream Provincial Park Langford
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Victoria Butterfly Gardens Central Saanich
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Mount Douglas Park Saanich
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