Casa Loma, Toronto

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    Casa Loma Gardens

    by cfuentesm Written Nov 18, 2005
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    Just the perfect gardens. Spacious but not huge... greens that will blow you away, and great views of the city and of the house itself. If there's a lot of wind you won't have access to the gardens. Take your time to walk around them.

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    by Dabs Written Oct 20, 2005

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    As part of the VT walking tour on Saturday, a small group of us visited Casa Loma, Sir Henry Pellatt's dream castle set atop a hill with a gorgeous view of Toronto. It took 3 years and $3.5 million to build the castle, even then it wasn't entirely finished, the swimming pool remains in it's unfinished state. In the end, Sir Henry auctioned off Casa Loma when faced with a tax bill he couldn't pay.

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    CASA LOMA

    by LoriPori Written Sep 30, 2005

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    This 98-room Castle features unique architecture and beautifully decorated suites, high ceilings, rich wood carvings and marble. In Toronto's Majestic Castle CASA LOMA you will be able to discover secret passages and an 800-foot tunnel to luxurious stables. Stroll through five acres of the Estate Gardens in bloom from May through October. An eight language self-guided audio tour is included with admission. Open daily.

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    X-men was filmed here

    by jozwitch Updated Apr 5, 2005

    Yep, Casa Loma was used as the school for 'gifted' children in the X-Men movie.

    I really wish I could scan the pics I have for this place. It was so beautiful and so peaceful. It was a very nice change of pace from the rest of the city. We really enjoyed the audio tour of the building and then just relaxed in the gardens afterwards. Well worth the $12 that we paid to get in.

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    Old but interesting...

    by Tiffany27 Updated Feb 4, 2005
    Sky View of Casa Loma

    This place rocks...they filmed a movie called X-men here..and I love the towers hahaha...went off topic..but yea.I liked coming here because it's a castle..come on... how many of you's can say you've been to a castle...(that's what i thought..J/K). I kind of got lost for a bit but i didn't mind because I was in the highest part which was one of the towers and the view was excellent! I loved the architecture as well and it was overall exciteing going though the whole castle. The fountain in front was really the stand out piece of the outdoors..(i took a picture next to it). It's really great if you enjoy history.

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  • Casa Loma

    by hoosierdjb Written Jan 4, 2005

    Two tales here. Basically, the adults and the 8 year old liked it, the 4 year old didn't. Plenty to look at, but our four year old wants to "do," not "look." The 8 year old liked the girl scout stuff. Several blocks from rail station, but not too bad. Used our CityPass.

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    by orlandom Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    Casa Loma . The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Has decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, that goes from the castle to the stables, and a beautiful 5-acre estate gardens (open May through October). A self-guided audio tour in 8 languages (English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean) is included with admission i've seen this castle 3 times and can't get enough of it

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    by windsorgirl Written Sep 27, 2004

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    Casa Loma, Toronto

    Casa Loma translates to House on a Hill. It is more like a castle set on 5 acres of gardens. It was built in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt. He found his fortune developing hydroelectricity in Ontario.

    Unfortunately for Sir Henry, Casa Loma was repossessed in the 1920's for unpaid debts. It is now owned by the City of Toronto.

    You can tour the interior of Casa Loma and its 98 lavishly furnished rooms, secret passageways and turrets for about $12. Parking at the site is another $3/hr.

    Casa Loma is open from 9am to 530pm daily

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    Casa Loma

    by Arial_27 Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    This is one of Canada's only castles and was build in the early 1900s by Sir Henry Pallett as a gift for his wife. The inside is fully decorated, except up in the tower. Unfortunatly, Sir Henry Pallet had run out of money not afford to decorate some of the rooms in the castle, and up in the tower area. But if you climb up there, on a twirling case of stairs you feel like a little like Rumpenzel and it's a gorgeous view of Toronto. There are 5-acre state gardens, an 800 foot tunnel, stables, and many beautifully decorated rooms, terrace, and gift shop. Self guided tours are offered in eight different languages.
    The castle is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    by buzzz Written Aug 10, 2004

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    This beautiful Edwardian castle was the former home of Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt. He engaged the architect E>J> Lennox to build him a castle which had influences of English, Scottish and German castles that Sir Henry had seen on his travels. It took 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000 at the time. He let E.J. Lennox build a beautiful mansion just across the road from Casa Loma with the left over materials.

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    Castle Casa Loma

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Castle Casa Loma: A fairy-tale Scottish castle in the middle of Toronto.
    The castle is located on a hill with extensive gardens. You have to climb the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) to get a nice view of the castle and downtown Toronto.

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    Casa Loma - A Legacy of Toronto's Elite

    by coolpanda87 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    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.)

    Casa Loma is now operated by Kiwanis Club Toronto.

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    Casa Loma

    by joanj Updated Dec 1, 2003
    Casa Loma - 1 wing of the building

    Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto Financiar, Industrialist and Military man.

    Sir Henry engaged the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realise a life-long dream - the creation of a "medieval" castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto.

    Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete, and cost $3,500,000 at that time.

    Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home.

    Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and has been operated by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma since 1937.

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    Casa Loma

    by Viajara Updated Aug 30, 2003
    Garden View of Casa Loma

    Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, Toronto financier, industrialist, and miltary man. The castle was designed by architect E. J. Lennox who also designed Toronto's Old City Hall. Plans for the castle were drawn up in 1911. The castle took three years to complete at a cost of 3.5 million dollars. The castle is beautiful inside and out. Be sure to allow enough time to thoroughly tour the grounds. The gardens are lovely. Where comfortable shoes and cool clothing in the summer. Touring the castle and especially the turrets can be a real workout! There is a cafeteria in the basement if you need a bite to eat.

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    Canadian Castle

    by msison Updated Aug 7, 2003

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    Sir Henry Pellatt, the dreamer behind Toronto's famous landmark, Casa Loma, was born in Kingston, Ontario on January 6, 1859 to British parents. Ambitious from his youth, Sir Henry left his studies at Upper Canada College when he was seventeen to pursue a career in commerce in the family business. By the age of 23 he became a full partner in his father's stock brokerage firm, from that time on known as Pellatt and Pellatt. That year was also marked by his marriage to Mary Dodgeson, whom he met when he was twenty.

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