Casa Loma, Toronto

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    Casa Loma--Toronto's really cool castle!

    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    Who wouldn't want to live in a castle!?!
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    Toronto can boast of having a castle in its own backyard--Casa Loma. It was the residence of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in the early 1900's. Pellatt was a military officer knighted by King Edward VII and who made it to the Queens Own Rifles. He was also an industrialist and financier.

    An audio guided tour took us through his palatial home where we glimpsed what life must have been like for this family in the early 20th century. A collection of military weapons really caught the attention of our ten year old grandson. He always seems to zero in on the soldier-stuff! My husband and he climbed to the tower to view the city. I stayed behind to cool myself in front of one of the fans placed strategically at the end of the hall, trying real hard not to seem a party-pooper.

    Casa Loma is connected to a carriage garage and stables by an 800 foot tunnel. It was so much cooler down there! Outside, the grounds were manicured and flowers were everywhere. The castle sits on a five acre site.

    Tour hours are from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (the last tour being at 4pm). Gardens are open from May through October. A small cafe and gift shop are located in the lower level. NOTE: This is not a tour recommended for kids under 10. Admission fee is $12 for adults; $7.50 for seniors; $7.50 for ages 14-17; $6.75 for children 4-13. **A self-gided audio tour in 8 languages is available for $2.00

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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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    Casa Loma - for history lovers and children alike

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Dec 9, 2006

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    Many VT members ask what is a less but easily visited Tornto attraction. I would recommend a trip to the 'European Castle' of Toronto.

    This medieval castle was built by Sir Henry Pellatt in 1911 engaging the noted architect E.J. Lennox. It took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete and cost CAD 3.5 million at the time. However, in less than 10 years, Sir Henry went bankrupt as his electricity supplying hegemony came to an abrupt end. The castle and its belongings were all auctioned off as a heart-broken Sir Henry watched.

    The castle has 3 floors, watch towers and gardens. The scenic Watch Tower is a must see area, although the spiral staircase is hard to climb. All rooms and articles placed are numbered. One can punch those numbers on the handheld telephone sets provided in the lobby and hear relevant information.

    As the castle closes, one can start exploring the gardens. The gardens remain open far after the building closes. The terraced backyard is a wonder in itself.

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    by kris-t Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    Casa Loma is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens.

    $12 for adults; $7.50 for seniors; $7.50 for ages 14-17;
    $6.75 for children 4-13.

    A self-gided audio tour in 8 languages is available for $2.00

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    by kris-t Updated Jan 24, 2006

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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.

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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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    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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    by windsorgirl Written Sep 27, 2004

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    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: Toronto's Treasure House

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    This is one of the most famous attractions in Toronto, a sumptuous palace that rivals the French chateaus or English treasure houses. It was designed by the architect E.J. Lennox, who also designed the powerhouse at Niagara Falls, for the business tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt. It was completed in 1914--just before the outbreak of World War I.

    Sir Henry was by all accounts a very colorful, flamboyant character. In his youth, he set a new world record for running the mile (4:42). He created a fortune in business and investments. One of the most successful of those investments was in early electric utilities. He also joined the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (similar to the National Guard in the US), and became one its chief benefactors. He contributed a good part of his own funds to the force.

    But during World War I, times turned bad for Sir Henry. Eventually, growing financial difficulties forced him to sell Casa Loma in order to pay debts and reduce expenses. It was a hotel for a while. Then, the Kiwanis bought it, restored it, and opened it as a tourist attraction.

    It takes a few hours to tour this mansion and its gardens. When I visited, it was undergoing further restoration. But the interior and the gardens are exquisite. Next to the CN Tower, this is the most famous attraction in Toronto, a must-see.

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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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    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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    LOMA IN THE HOUSE!

    by heitzenrater Written Jun 13, 2007

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    Not sure the whole story behing the "Loma", but here is some usefull info.
    -It took three years, $3,500,000.
    -300 workers helped to build Casa Loma.
    -Built between 1911 and 1914.
    -Made for Sir Henry Pellatt.

    HOURS
    Casa Loma is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission : 4:00 p.m.)
    Casa Loma closes at 1:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve
    Closed Christmas Day

    PRICE
    Adults (18 - 59) $ 16.00
    Seniors (60 +) $ 10.00
    Youth (14 - 17) $ 10.00
    Children (4- 13) $ 8.75

    PARKING
    Per hour charge of $2.75
    Maximum charge of $8.25

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    Casa Loma

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    I visited this attraction in November 2006. Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt who was a Toronto entrepeneur and a romantic. He commissioned E.J. Lennox to design a 'medieval' castle on a hill looking acroos to Toronto and it took almost three years for the castle to be built. Sir Henry and his wife, Lady Mary, didn't have long to enjoy the castle before the financial depression hit in the late 1920 with which enforced them to leave their home and this was passed on in the care of City of Toronto and Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma since 1937.

    You are given a self-guided multimedia tour and there are four levels to look round at Casa Loma. You can also see a film about Henry Mill Pellat's life. In the summer months, you can look round the estate gardens.

    My admittance was covered with my City Pass but please do check out the website Casa Loma for up to date prices and information.

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    Toronto's Castle

    by CdnJane Updated Apr 7, 2003

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    Don't forget to see Toronto's castle - Casa Loma. Sir Henry Pellatt built this in hopes it would be where the British Royal Family would stay when they were in Toronto.
    It sits on top of a hill, giving a beautiful view of downtown Toronto.
    Casa Loma has made appearances in a number of tv shows and movies, and was home to the Antiques Roadshow a year ago or so.
    It is a popular place for wedding, and banquets. I can remember as a very young child that it was all decorated up as a fairy wonderland at Christmas. Magical for a little girl.

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