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“Great Views-Hidden Gem for Military History Buffs”
Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
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Toronto CityPASS
Ranked #16 of 513 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canada's majestic castle and Toronto’s premier historic attraction. In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt engaged noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a lifelong dream,the creation of an Edwardian castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. It took 300 men nearly three years to complete the nearly to 200,000 square foot castle at a cost $3,500,000 (at the time). Situated on 5 acres, Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada. Sir Henry Pellatt with his wife Lady Mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home. The tour of the castle is self-guided. Visitors can experience the castle at their leisure with the aid of multimedia audio guides.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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“Great Views-Hidden Gem for Military History Buffs”
Reviewed August 30, 2009

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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“WOW, this is a lot of Castle”
Reviewed August 15, 2009

All three floors and the gardens are worth seeing. Every room, and there are dozens, is filled with collections of furniture and accessories, including the bathrooms. The hand held audio tour comes with your admission and offers narratives for just about every place in the castle.

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“Loved it!!”
Reviewed August 11, 2009

I have been wanting to go there for some time but never seemed to be able to make it. So we ended up buying the Toronto City Pass and that was our second stop. I loved the castle. My sons loved the stables as there is archery there. I loved the secret passages and the tunnels. A definite must see when visiting Toronto.

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“Could have been more enjoyable”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

Casa Loma is an amazing mansion/castle and is surrounded by Toronto's best gardens.

1. Casa Loma is accessible through the TTC. Its walking distance from Spadina station and Dupont station. If you prefer taking the bus you can get further directions by logging onto Casa Loma's website and clicking on "directions" located on the top right of the main page.
2. The Castle is huge, however, I would not suggest going up the tower. The staircase is narrow and the view is not great. (The windows are tiny)
3. Watch the 15 min free film before taking the tour. This way you'll be able to appreciate the place more.
4. There is only one elevator. Call in advance to ensure its working.
5. The druxy's located in the basement is perhaps the worst druxy's ever. You may want to bring your own food.
6. The tunnel leads to the stables and if you're short on time, you can easily skip it since there isn't much to see there.
7. The garden and the fountain is splendid and I found the outdoors better than the indoors.
This wasn't the most enjoyable attraction; however, if it comes as part of your citypass then don't miss it. Casa Loma provides you a glimpse into the past.

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“Go see...”
Reviewed July 9, 2009

I recently went to Casa Loma for the first time. It was worth seeing!

We were staying downtown and we found it easy to get to with the subway. It was a quick subway ride and then a 5 min walk.

It's a beautiful castle with lots of history. They had a little renaissance fair in the yard while we were there which was neat.

It was a little over crowded, it's hard to do but they should cap how many people can be in there at once.

Worth going to see for sure!

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