Casa Loma

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by FSO_Michael on August 21, 2005

Prior to this visit, I had never heard of Casa Loma and even if I had, I don’t think I would have expected it to be in Toronto, given its Spanish name. I very fortuitously came across this tourist site via WHERE magazine and immediately was intrigued by the description of a castle with secret passageways, opulent rooms, and turrets. Since I had my laptop with me, I surfed the website to get more information. Let me tell you, the website does not do justice to this amazing castle!

This historic property was once the home of a Canadian financier and soldier named Sir Henry Pellatt. He was a self-made millionaire whose fortune was worth $11 million when he started planning for Casa Loma in the early 1900s. The house itself cost over $3 million to build. Unfortunately, soon after the end of WWI, Sir Henry was forced to auction off Casa Loma and most of its possessions to pay off a large tax bill.

The castle itself is immense, complete with hidden passages and a tunnel leading from the castle to the stables. Unlike many attractions, the audio tour does not cost extra, so my wife, my son and I listed to an English version, while my mother-in-law followed along on her own in Mandarin.

Entry for all four of us was roughly $40CAD (or $32U.S.). We easily spent 2-3 hours touring the property. The one negative was that the gardens were closed (no surprise, remember it's April). Our son really enjoyed the adventure-like atmosphere, particularly the tunnel and secret passages.

Official website

Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace (at Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1X8
(416) 923-1171

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