Casa Loma - A Legacy of Toronto's Elite

Casa Loma
Casa Loma is Toronto's most prominent historic residence, bringing European elegance & high end living under one roof. Though it is nothing compared to any palace or castle in Europe, it is considered Toronto's prime estate. Casa Loma is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. I somewhat detest the lack of colours (looks like a medieval residence), the lack of natural light & the choice of design within the interior of the building, but I guess that is what Torontonians preferred back then.

The outdoor architecture & landscaping is very beautiful, and it is set in a hilly area (very rare in Toronto), so the setting is very magical. The garden is a great place to relax and enjoy the flowers and fountain. The terrace offers a panoramic view of the residence grounds. Casa Loma was designed by E.J. Lennox. The castle was built with 300 men in 3 years, costing over three and a half million dollars (in 1914).

Highlights within Casa Loma include:

i) Great Hall: This is the main point of the castle. Notice the carefully crafted sculptures.

ii) The Conservatory: The floor marble is Italian but the side panels are of Ontario marble. In winter, steam pipes keep the flowers healthy.

iii) Peacock Alley: This passageway was modelled after a passageway in Windsor Castle.

iv) Sir Henry's Study: On either sides of the fireplace are secret doors.

Casa Loma was the dream home of a Toronto financier, industrialist & military man...Sir. Henry Pallett. Though he was one of Toronto's elite, he died a poor man : (

Casa Loma is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission : 4:00 p.m.)

  • Address: 1 Austin Terrace
  • Phone: (416) 923 - 1171
  • Directions: By TTC: Dupont station (Spadina- University line) and walk north two blocks on Spadina Ave. At this point, climb the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) at Spadina Ave. and Davenport Road or walking up the hill on the west side of the castle.




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