Built in the early 1900s by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Casa Loma is a castle overlooking the city of Toronto. The castle is complete with a secret passage and a tower which you can climb for an amazing view of the city. The place is fun to visit for kids and adults alike, and there were plenty of school groups there on the day we visited.
We made some interesting discoveries here. My husband, who loves military history, was fascinated by the rooms on the third floor devoted to the Queen's rifle brigade. There are several rooms of memorabilia related to the brigade's activities in WWI and WWII. Guns, uniforms, and medals galore. Apparently Sir Henry was an officer in the brigade. In addition, the stables on the grounds of Casa Loma housed a secret lab for the development of a submarine detection system during WWII.
Lady Mary Pellet, though an invalid, was instrumental in founding the Girl Guides in Canada (like Girl Scouts in the US) and several rooms are devoted to guiding memorabilia.
Don't miss walking through the tunnel to the stables. Also, note that there is a gift shop and bathroom in the basement level. This bathroom was less crowded than the one upstairs!
Casa Loma is a short walk from the Dupont Subway Station..the walk does involve several sets of stairs.
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