That’s right, a castle in Toronto, Canada.
Casa Loma is North America’s only full-size castle. Sir Henry Pellatt and his wife, Lady Mary, lived here for less than ten years. He commissioned to have it built in 1911, and it was finished 1n 1914. Nearly three years and $3,500,000 later, the 200,000 square foot Edwardian castle was now complete (though parts remained unfinished). It now sits atop its’ hill overlooking the city of Toronto, a wonderful historic attraction!
My daughter and I visited Toronto to attend a Taylor Swift concert (which was fantastic, by the way) and do some sightseeing while we were there. We added Casa Loma to our list, yay!
We visited Casa Loma in the morning, on our last day in Toronto. Our flight home was later in the evening, so we had the first part of the day to tour the castle. A strange weather day, we had both sun and the hardest downpour I’ve ever walked through. Fortunately, it was August, and warm.
The tour is self-guided. You get a headset and can progress through the commentary at your own pace. Given our time issue, we moved more quickly through than I likely would have without the time restraint. Even still, we were there a few hours!
I love history, and I love castles. I was enthralled with it all, such grand rooms all beautifully and tastefully decorated for the times.
The Library, the Conservatory, The Great Hall. The Conservatory was my favourite. It was honestly hard to get a photo that had no people, impossible actually. Casa Loma is a popular tourist site, and it shows in the visitors.
Rooms in the Castle
We paid approximately $30CAD each for admission, which may sound pricey, but if it’s your “thing” then well worth it.
The property has an underground tunnel that leads across the road to the stables and automotive museum.
Henry Pellatt fell into debt and was forced to abandon his castle dreams. Casa Loma operated for a few years as a hotel but that was short-lived. The City of Toronto took ownership of Casa Loma, and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto began operating the castle as a tourist attraction for the city.
Currently closed, I recommend a visit as soon as it re-opens, and the world begins to travel once again! For more information visit the Casa Loma website.