Hatley Castle has been named by vacation and tourism website TheTravel as one of the “10 best movie locations worth travelling to.”

The castle, which is part of Royal Roads University, has been used as a shooting location in over 45 feature films, including large scale productions such as the X-Men film series and Disney’s Descendants.

Susan Gee, Associate Vice President of Communications at Royal Roads University, says this long history of film dates back as far as 1933 when The Crimson Paradise was shot on location. Gee says the latest film to be shot at Hatley Castle is an upcoming release starring Johnny Depp.

“Royal Roads works closely with Kathleen Gilbert, Vancouver Island Souths Film and Media Commissioner, to welcome productions that provide significant economic benefits to local communities,” says Gee.

Recently, the University made the decision to permit permanent free entry to the Royal Roads gardens. “Since the announcement in July the university has seen a marked increase in the number of tourists visiting the grounds,” says Gee.

Admission to Hatley Castle is included in paid guided tours, which are currently operating until September 3.

Tim Ford