From the Archives: snowy days at Royal Roads

Jenny Seeman

There has been a lot of snow on campus this week, an unusual sight in Victoria, but certainly not unprecedented. January and February of 1916 were famously bad. The Daily Colonist from Saturday, February 5, reported that there were up to 1000 soldiers helping to clear the city streets. Schools were closed, trains cancelled and homes were left without fuel with some snow drifts up to 12 feet deep. Perhaps this week wasn’t so bad after all!

Here are some photos from the archives collection showing snowing scenes at Hatley Park and Royal Roads Military College.

Neptune Staircase into forest at Hatley Park (damaged). Note that the lions are not at the bottom of the stairs yet. They were initially positioned at the top of the stairs with the four cherubs and the Neptune Fountain. The Dunsmuirs decided to move them some time after the 1920s.  

Snowbound Hatley Park gatehouse. This picture is taken looking out of the estate from the Belmont Road Gatehouse. Notice the original position of the gates at this side of the property. They were moved to their current location when the Belmont Park estate was constructed.

Winter view looking west from Hatley Castle tower. This view looks beyond the Japanese Garden to the walled garden and the stables beyond. The dome of the conservatory is just obscured by the young trees.

February, 1968: Cadet Physical training didn't stop because of snow. They even had a winter PT uniform!

Northern Gear, 1968. A rare chance to practice a military maneuver in the snow at the college.

February, 1971: A tension relieving snowball fight.

Campus I Spy: can you locate this scene from 1979? Answer available from the archives!

Stay safe and have fun in the snow.