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Casa Loma, Toronto

Historic Castle in Downtown Toronto

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Casa Loma is a grand mansion on 5 acres in downtown Toronto built in the early 1900's and famed for its extravagance and size. Today, "Canada's Castle" and its gardens are open to visitors and offers self-guided audio tours in several languages. Casa Loma has also served as the set for several Hollywood movies, including Chicago and X-Men.

Casa Loma - A Brief History

Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario
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Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. Much of his fortune was made through investments in hydro electricity and railway industries. Sir Henry hired noted architect E.J. Lennox to build him and his wife a medieval castle on a brow overlooking Toronto.

Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000; for a time, it was the largest residence in North America. Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for a mere 10 years before financial loss forced him to abandon his castle home.

Today, the mansion is owned by the City of Toronto and run by The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma, which uses its share of the proceeds for charitable projects.

Getting to Casa Loma?

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Casa Loma is located at One Austin Terrace near the corner of Davenport Rd. and Spadina Ave.

Casa Loma is in a primarily residential area of downtown Toronto, not particularly close to other attractions.

Visitors planning to walk to Casa Loma should note that the mansion is on a hill brow, meaning an up-hill hike.

Public transportation options (TTC) will also mean a 10 - 15 minute walk, in most cases up hill.

Parking is available on the Casa Loma grounds for about $2.75 an hour, $8.25 max.

See detailed directions on getting to Casa Loma.

Casa Loma Hours

Casa Loma is open daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last admission: 4:00 p.m.)
Casa Loma closes at 1:00 pm December 24, Christmas Eve
Closed December 25, Christmas Day

Admission

As of 2009, Casa Loma admission ranged between 10 and 20 dollars.
Children 3 years old or younger are free.

How Much Time Should I Spend at Casa Loma?

A self-guided tour of Casa Loma and its grounds takes about two hours. Visitors may want to allow more time in warm weather when the gardens are out.

While You're in the Area ..........

Casa Loma is in a largely residential area, which is itself pleasant to walk around, especially given the homes are older and quite grand.

Sir Winston Churchill Park - a large urban green space - is near Casa Loma. The park has tennis courts, a ravine, woods, picnic spots and play areas.

The closest shopping area where you'll find gourmet food shops, high-end boutiques, and other professional services is on Spadina Road, north of St. Clair, in Forest Hill Village.

Casa Loma is a 15 minute drive from most other Toronto Attractions. Check out the TTC for public transportation options.

Good to Know

Casa Loma is a bit difficult to navigate with strollers or wheelchairs. One elevator is available if operated by staff.

A Druxy's deli offers food on site.

Contact Casa Loma

Go to the Casa Loma website.
Phone: +1 (416) 923-1171

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