Garden wall restoration work phase 3

Garden Wall

The Royal Roads Garden Wall is a unique feature of the campus that was built as part of the original Dunsmuir estate in the early 1900s. The wall has stood almost 100 years and over time, has slowly deteriorated. It is now at a point where it needs to be rebuilt.

In the fall of 2013, a heritage consultant and a contractor were engaged to undertake the first phase of restoring a portion of the wall. This work concentrated on the Rose Garden wall adjacent to Commandant’s House. The end result proved to be very successful, confirming that the wall could be restored. This restoration work then led to a second phase of wall restoration which was initiated in the fall of 2014. The second phase of work saw the entire west side of the wall (adjacent to University Drive) restored.  At the same time, several panels along the north side were rebuilt.

In September 2015 the third phase of the wall restoration project will begin. This phase will focus on restoring the remaining north section of the wall, to connect the Rose Garden wall to the recently restored west section adjacent to University Drive.

The north garden wall runs along a frequently used pedestrian path which connects University Drive to the library. As work is done on this section, the pathway will be closed to all pedestrian traffic for safety reasons. Pedestrians are encouraged to use Library Road as an alternate path.

This third phase is of garden wall restoration work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this calendar year.

All funding for the various phases of the projects has come from a generous anonymous donor.

If you have any questions about the project or pedestrian access to adjacent areas, please contact Stewart Ralph, Director, Physical & Environmental Resources at 391-2690 or via email