This fascinating castle is a virtual time machine:
Step back in time as you explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man.
An unabashed romantic, Sir Henry engaged the noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a 'medieval' castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto.
Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000 at that time. Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for less than 10 years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home.
Renovated by the Garden Club of Toronto, the 5 acres surrounding the castle feature formal perennial borders, sculpture and fountains. The wooded hillside showcases wild flowers and ferns plus dramatic rhododendrons and decorative grasses.
The Casa Loma gardens are open from May through October, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Great Hall and Conservatory:
Casa Loma’s Great Hall has a 60-foot-high ceiling, it is a focal point of the castle.
The Conservatory is a beauty with Italian marble floors. Steam pipes warmed flower beds in the winter.
A great drama:
A 22-minute docu-drama is styled as a 1939 newsreel that traces the arc of Sir Henry Pellatt’s life.
Pellatt’s rise from enterprising stockbroker to the heights of Canadian success is a story of high stakes and unbridled optimism. It also tracks his great undoing – and the loss of his cherished “castle on the hill.”
Buy the City Pass to save on your viewing of the Casa Loma.
|Location:||1 Austin Terrace, corner of Spadina Road and Davenport Road|
Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Last entry, 4 p.m.
Closed early, 1 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day