Before I left for Toronto last winter, I made a list of all the things I wanted to go. The usuals were on the list: Eaton Centre, St. Lawrence Market, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the like. Casa Loma was actually the last one, but surprisingly, it’s at the top of my list when it comes to my Toronto favourites.
According to Wikipedia, Casa Loma is a “Gothic Revival style house and gardens” that was “originally a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt“. His claim to fame – Sir Henry Pellatt brought hydro-electiricity to Toronto for the first time. Fun fact: his wife, Lady Mary Pellatt was the first Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada
And of course, there are stories behind any grand castle: rumours are that ghosts haunt the halls of Casa Loma, including those of Sir Henry and Lady Mary. Whether or not you believe them, is a different story.
The inside of Casa Loma is breathtaking – room after room of beautiful architecture and ornate furniture and the like. The library was one of my favourite rooms, with floor to ceiling bookcases and an intricate ceiling pattern with chandelier light twinkling through it. Vintage car exhibition, underground tunnels, secret staircases.. there was no end to the surprises Casa Loma has hidden.
Just before I left, I had the opportunity to snap a photo of Casa Loma, surrounded by the fiery glow of the sunset. And as cold as my toes were in my improper choice of footwear, I enjoyed that last minute there admiring the castle.