Preservation of Admiral Charles' forest land


The late Rear Admiral John A. Charles was a friend of Royal Roads University. He had a distinguished military career, including being the Commandant of Canadian Services College Royal Roads from 1954 to 1957. He was a notable graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and received an honorary degree from Royal Roads Military College in 1991 and Royal Roads University in 2008. He was a recipient of the Order of Military Merit (CMM), the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and was mentioned in dispatches (MID).

Admiral Charles and his wife Mary had a strong affection for Royal Roads and were instrumental in establishing the Friends of Hatley Park Society as well as an annual scholarship that is available to students enrolled in a program within the School of Humanitarian Studies with an interest in academic excellence.

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The Juan de Fuca Community Land Trust Society is seeking community support to help save a portion of his land, known as the Admiral’s Forest, located off Otter Point Road. After 50 years of careful preservation it would be a shame to have one of the few remaining forest stands in Otter Point cut or subdivided for development. Please come learn more about this potential parkland and beautiful 70 acre forest full of trails enjoyed by hikers, horseback riders, birdwatchers and more at their general meeting Wednesday, Jan. 29.

See the event poster.