On the weekend, we made a visit to Casa Loma and explored the secret passages, tall towers, pretty gardens (my favourite), and underground tunnel (my son’s favourite). The historic landmark is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man. Pellatt wanted to build a medieval castle on a hill overlooking Toronto.
Take a look at our snapshots:
A Few Tips
There is no air conditioning in the castle (only a few strategically placed fans), so it does get quite warm in the afternoon on the upper floors.
There is small cafe in the basement, but the line up is quite long at lunch time. Instead, pack a lunch and eat at the tables just outside the cafe.
If you are interested in the historical significance of Casa Loma, there are audio tours available.
Casa Loma admission is costly. However, the need to maintain the castle and the fact that it is typically a one-time-visit attraction, somewhat justifies the price. Parking is an additional $9.00, so the TTC might be better option.
Did You Know?
Casa Loma construction began in 1911, and took 300 men almost 3 years to complete, with a total cost of $3,500,000. Unfortunately, Pellatt enjoyed Casa Loma for less than 10 years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home.
Apparently, Casa Loma will be up for sale soon (according to a few recent newspaper articles). Anyone looking to buy a castle?