Historical and Charming Casa Loma

One of Toronto’s Best Attractions






Casa Loma


Along with the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Replay’s Aquarium and Ontario Science Centre, Casa Loma was one of the included attractions of Toronto City pass which we have previously bought online for € 65.00 each. We were travelling with our rented car and the parking was available just by the entrance for $ 10.00. Only once at the spot we could realize that having gone for the city pass option have saved us a lot of money because the entrance ticket was quite expensive: $ 30.00.



Casa Loma


Upon arrivals we received a ground plan and a multi-language audio guide which in our opinion was well done but on the other side could be boring for children because it was a little long on details. Casa Loma was a Gothic Revival Style Castle (between 1911 and 1914) with its five acres garden in midtown Toronto. It was designed by J. Lennox for Sir Henry Pellet financier as his residential abode.


Casa Loma



Due to its unique architectural character in Toronto, Casa Loma remained an important landmark and has been a popular filming location for movies (X-Man) and television. It was also popular for wedding ceremonies and private parties. The history behind Casa Loma was interesting and touching. Sir Henry Pellet, because of his financial lost, could enjoy his Castle life for less than 10 years. After that, in the late 1920s, investors operated Casa Loma as a luxury hotel. The city seized Casa Loma in 1924 for unpaid taxes, and for years, the building was left empty and abandoned. In the 1930s, broadcaster Claire Wallace while spending a night at Casa Loma to gather material for a story about ghosts and supernatural phenomena realized that it was a shame leaving it ruin and she later broadcasted an appeal to save the old building from demolition. Her voice was heard by the vice-president of a local Kiwanis Club, who later began operating the castle as a tourist destination. From there to now the Castle underwent to management changes and renews which day by day have upgraded and became an important landmark of the country.  Out of the history the audio guide explained also the details on various rooms and barracks. We were impressed to hear that out of the 200 phones in Toronto, the castle had 50 of them: they did not look at the expenses!!! We spent almost four hours in Casa Loma Castle and sincerely worth the visit even if it doesn’t represent among the most beautiful ones we have seen: being European that didn’t really compare. Even though it was important to understand, at least in part, the history of Canada and specially it was interesting to see what was considered the Canadian style just over 1000 years ago.  


Casa Loma


As we were travelling with our rented car it took a while before finding a parking solution out of Casa Loma. Probably it would have been better using the subway (DuPont Station). Not only because it was cheap but because it gave a faster access to the city in case wanting to stay in town after the visit. The Halloween party at Casa Loma was said to be winning, so try to frame your visit accordingly if you are around the area during that period. An inconvenience could happen if you find yourself visiting the Castle during the private ceremonies because many rooms, will be closed for “public” and also the parking could be full that you have to go around and around to find a place where leaving the car. We highly recommend you guys to make sure about this issue if you want to capture the entire charm of Casa Loma.


Casa Loma


Casa Loma


Casa Loma


Casa Loma

Casa Loma




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