One Austin Terrace
Open daily from 9:30am - 5:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Second only to the CN Tower in popularity, Casa Loma is Canada's famous castle and one of Toronto's most unique architectural spectacles. Casa Loma, or "House on the Hill" was the residence of Sir Henry Pellatt and his wife, Mary. A pioneer in hydro electric power and one of a group of partners that built the first hydro-electric plant at Niagara Falls, Sir Henry spared no expense building the $3.5 million it too in 1911 to build Casa Loma. Today's equivalent, would be about $60 million.
Today, visitors are invited to tour the 170,000 square feet estate - complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, two towers, stables, 5-acres of estate gardens (open May through October) and a full scehdule of seasonal events.
A Tale of a Successful Visionary's Dream
Sir Henry developed his passion for gothic architecture and medieval castles while traveling throughout Europe. Purchasing the 20 acre property on Davenport Hill in 1903, he engaged one of the foremost architects of the day, E.J. Lennox, to design his house. Lennox's architectural skill and Pellatt's imagination and vast fortune made for an impressive union and a lasting friendship. Thanks to Lennox's imaginative interpretation of those styles, we see that passion reflected in Casa Loma's architectural character. Rough cut grey stone contrasts with smooth cut stone for the trim. A complicated skyline of white cast-stone battlements, chimneys and a series of corbel towers of different sizes and heights, gables, griffins and a red tile roof all come together to create the fortress-like appearance.
Casa Loma tickets (currently valued at $18 for adults, $12.50 for seniors 60+, $12.50 for kids 14-17 and $10.50 for kids 4-13), are included in the Toronto CityPass ticket booklet. Check citypass tickets for full details. In addition to Casa Loma, included in CityPass is admission to the CN tower, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Center and Royal Ontario Museum. Visit the Casa Loma Tour, Casa Loma Tour 2, and Casa Loma Tour 3 pages.