A rare sight in most of North America, a grand castle fit for a king in downtown Toronto, Casa Loma was the residence of Sir Henry Mill Pellat, a financier, and was build between 1911 and 1914.
The castle fell into the hands of the City of Toronto after Sir Pellat faced financial difficulties following World War I and the great depression, and it has since been adapted into a luxury hotel, a facility for secret operations during World War II and a night club.
Casa Loma features lavishly decorated rooms and passages for visitors to explore, and offers a great view of Toronto’s downtown core.
Various exhibitions are often held at Casa Loma, while the luscious gardens featuring water and art installations provide a majestic getaway from the summer heat.
Casa Loma is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm and the adult ticket costs $24, including the audio guide. Allow up to three hours to complete the tour and enjoy everything this hidden gem has to offer.