Top 4 Famous Homes You Must Visit When In Canada

by admin on January 30, 2013

 

 

1. Hatley Castle

Hatley Castle

The Hatley Castle is a majestic structure in Colwood on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This one was built in 1906 by the wealthy James Dunsmuir and later sold in 1940 to the Canadian government. They intended this property for the British Royal Family, but that never happened. For about the next 50 years, the castle was used for military operations and is now the public Royal Roads University. This castle is not without a claim to fame–it has been in several movies including X-Men. This must-see is open to the public.

 

2. Casa Loma

Casa Loma

Another must-visit is the European-influenced Casa Loma (Hill House in Spanish) in Toronto, Ontario. In 1911 work began on the elegant Casa Loma and continued for three years. A monumental fortune at the time, the cost was $3.5 million. After completion, builder Sir Henry Pellatt proceeded to acquire artwork from around the world to adorn the walls. At the time this was the greatest private home in North America. There are towering battlements and secret passageways including an 800-foot tunnel, stables, and five acres of sprawling gardens. Sir Henry Pellatt only lived in Casa Loma for nine years and was forced to leave due to financial problems. Now this unique castle is one of Toronto’s most-visited tourist attractions. The hospitality venue hosts over 200 events a year, and this castle has also gained notoriety in film, television, and photography. You can experience the castle unguided with audio aids. Tours of the beautiful Casa Loma Estate Gardens are available from May through October.

 

3. Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle can be found in Hamilton, Ontario, the city who now owns the castle. A real estate mogul, Sir Allen Napier MacNab, knighted by Queen Victoria, once owned the home that was built beginning in 1835 until its completion in 1838. Sir Allen Napier MacNab held magnificent parties hosting dignitaries such as the King of England. The Dundurn Castle has been restored to the year of 1855. You can walk through more than 40 rooms directed by a guide dressed in period attire, and see the gardens dressed with numerous curious outbuildings.

 

4. Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle was built for Scottish coal baron Robert Dunsmuir in 1887. The Victorian-style home can be found in Victoria, British Columbia, and was built on a hill that overlooks the city. Robert Dunsmuir did not live to enjoy the home or see the completion of the castle. His two sons, accomplished builders, Alexander and James, finished building Craigdarroch and his wife occupied the home until passing away in 1908. The vast fortune of the Dunsmuir family is evidenced by wonderful stained-glass windows, elaborate trim and woodwork, and marvelous Victorian-era furniture. Now the castle is owned by a nonprofit historical museum society and is open to the public. There is a large circular foyer and a self-guided tour of the 39 period-furnished rooms that make up the 20,000 square feet. You can also ascend the tower and enjoy impressive scenic views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains.

 

 

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