Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered by the site’s old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views. Stroll along the groomed nature trails through the 60 acres of old growth forest to the woodland garden with its rhododendron lined glades carpeted with cyclamen, trillium and other indigenous plants. Experience the artist’s garden surrounding the historic Milner House situated atop an ocean side bluff. Savour the spectacular tree-framed views of the Georgia Strait dotted with its islands and backdrop of distant coastal mountains. After strolling the forest trails and gardens, take time to enjoy a leisurely pot of afternoon tea in the Camellia Tea Room of Milner House where Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana once visited.