The beautiful and historic Hatley Castle in Colwood has just been ranked one of the top 10 best movie locations to visit in the world by travel website, The Travel.
Built over 100 years ago, Hatley Castle was first constructed in 1908, and has transitioned from a dormitory and mess hall for Royal Roads Military College Cadets to the new administrative centre for the current Royal Roads University.
The century-old castle has been featured in a number of movies and television series, like Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men movies and Deadpool films, Fox TV’s Bones, the CW’s Smallville, the 1980s classic MacGyver, and many many more.
“Used as the exterior for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men series, Hatley Castle in British Columbia, Canada is an imposing structure that gave off an aura of majesty well before it made it’s movie debut back in 1996,” reads The Travel’s destination ranking.
“While the interior was not used during shooting, it is possible to walk around the castle and dreamily imagine receiving your invitation to study alongside some of the most memorable characters in comic book movie history.”
Colwood’s Hatley Castle ranked seventh out of the top 10 movie locations to visit on the list, and was the only Canadian destination to be featured.
The top three locations include Kualoa Ranch on the island of Hawaii, where Jurassic Park was filmed, Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings, New Zealand, and the UNESCO heritage site, Petra, in Jordan.
A full list of all top 10 movie locations around the world can be found online here.