A beautiful Gothic castle
in the heart of Canada's largest city
Casa Loma is a huge Gothic mansion with period style decorated suites, an 800-foot long tunnel, secret passages, towers, stables and 5 acres of lush gardens. It is Toronto’s most romantic historic mansion and one of its most iconic and visited attractions.
Casa Loma meaning: “house on the hill” in Spanish was built between 1911 – 1914 and sits high atop Davenport Hill offering splendid views into the heart of Toronto. It took 300 workers and over $3.5 million dollars to build and when completed was the largest private residence in Canada at the time.
The gothic structure is the former home of Canadian financier and industrialist Sir Henry Pellatt. After its completion Sir Henry then spent another $1.5 million lavishly furnishing the interior. He had to leave the house due to financial difficulties in 1923 and it was operated for a short time as a luxury hotel and then a popular nightspot. It was established as a museum in 1937.
Unlike many homes built during this time it was designed with several technological features we take for granted today. The house was wired for electric power; fitted for a central vacuuming system; included an elevator, and had its own telephone exchange with 59 telephones. Also, the castle's original ovens in the kitchen were so big that they could cook an entire ox.
Most of the third floor was never finished and now serves as the Regimental Museum of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada a militia regiment based in Toronto from which Sir Henry served as the commanding officer. He was knighted for his dedication to the regiment.
Casa Loma location:
Casa Loma is located at 1 Austin Terrace at the north end of Spadina Road in the middle of a residential neighborhood and it is not really near any other Toronto attractions, at least within walking distance. It is however, very easy to get to whether by car or public transit.
If traveling by public transport visitors have four options to reach the attraction:
- Go to Dupont station (located two stops north of St. George station on the Spadina- University line) and walk north two blocks on Spadina Ave. At this point, visitors have the option of climbing the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) at Spadina Ave. and Davenport Road or walking up the hill on the west side of the castle.
- Go to Spadina station and take the Davenport 127 bus to Davenport & Spadina. Get off the bus and climb the Baldwin steps (110 steps ), or take the bus one stop further to Davenport and Walmer and walk up the hill on the west side of the castle.
- Go to St. Clair West station on the Spadina-University line, walk east on St. Clair to Spadina, turn right (south) and keep walking (approximately 15 minutes) to the castle.
- Go to St. Clair station on the Yonge line. Take the St. Clair streetcar (going West) to Spadina Road (5 minute ride), get off and walk south on Spadina Road (approximate 10 minute walk) to Casa Loma.
Please note that getting to Casa Loma requires walking up a hill and it can be quite strenuous for the elderly or less fit. Visit the TTC site at www.ttc.ca
for more information.
If arriving by car the following routes are available:
From the South-West
(Windsor, London etc.)
Take the 401 East to Allen Road (Allen Expressway). Go south on the Allen Expressway to Eglinton Avenue West. Turn left (east) on Eglinton to Spadina. At Spadina, turn right (south, which is the only way you can go.) Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is just south of St. Clair.
From the North-East
(Ajax, Oshawa, Scarborough etc.)
Take the 401 West to the Don Valley Parkway. Go south on the D.V.P. to Eglinton Avenue East. Go west on Eglinton to Spadina. Turn left (south) on Spadina (which is the only way you can go) Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is south of St. Clair.
From the South
(Niagara, Hamilton, Mississauga etc.)
Take the Queen Elizabeth Way Eastbound into Toronto. Continue along the Q.E.W., (which turns into the Gardiner Expressway) to Spadina. Exit Northbound (which is the only way you can go) on Spadina. Continue north to Davenport Road (Spadina ends at Davenport). Turn left on Davenport, and take your first right (Walmer Road), which takes you around to the front of the castle.
Casa Loma is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information on opening times and admission process visit www.casaloma.org
. Parking is available on site for a fee. Plan to spend a couple of hours at this attraction. Self-guided audio tours are available in most languages.
Insider Tip -
Casa Loma is an included attraction of the Toronto City Pass so visit ????? for your discounted admission pass or if you want to visit this attraction only go to: www.attractionsontario.ca
and navigate to their e-coupon page and print out a coupon for 20% off the regular admission price.
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