The architecture from Toronto often leaves something to be desired, but this is leaves nothing.
Casa Loma is sometimes referred to as a castle, though I’m hesitant to do so myself since it wasn’t made to withstand a battle like most traditional castles.
However, just the fact that most people call it a castle tells you what we’re dealing with here.
Built just over 100 years ago for a wealthy man (because of course) it cost $3.5 million, took three years to construct and was the largest private residence in Canada for a period. The man who paid for it ended up leaving within 10 years.
Following that it’s had an up-and-down existence. It was even up for demolition at one point, since no one was caring for it and the Great Depression was in full swing.
However, Casa Loma made it to its 100 birthday in fine form, with renovations and upgrades keeping it looking swanky as ever. Used for films, high profile weddings and special events, it looks like it’ll be a popular tourist site for the foreseeable future.
Located on one of the (few) hills in Toronto, transit is a fine way to get there, though it’s outside the true core of the city, so walking from downtown is a bit much. Cycling is also an option, though the elevation could cause the odd problem.
There are a few options for checking out Casa Loma, and so costs can vary. However, it’s not cheap. Just to go to the museums inside it’s $32.50.
One of the most famous sights in Toronto, it’s TripAdvisor ranking suffers a bit because of the cast, dropping it to 30th. Of course, with such a storied past for a famous building, there’s plenty written about it. Toronto’s tourism agency has a profile, as does AtlasObscura. If you’re in Toronto this winter, consider checking it out for this event, it looks cool…
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