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Treasures of Toronto: The Casa Loma

September 28, 2016

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So I took a day trip to Toronto and decided to go to the charming Casa Loma. This castle, located in midtown Toronto, offers the ultimate getaway from the usual hustle and bustle known to the city. The Casa Loma is a unique historical site known for its breathtaking architecture and plays host to many Hollywood productions, television and photo shoots.

A Brief History

Sir Henry Pellatt, the dreamer behind Toronto’s famous landmark Casa Loma, was born to British parents in Kingston, Ontario on January 6, 1859.  Ambitious from his youth, Sir Henry Pellatt 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 Pellatt and Pellatt. That year also meant he would marry Mary Dodgeson. Travels in Europe inspired his love for fine art and architecture which would drive his vision of Casa Loma and construction began in 1911 until 1914.

Right upon entering the castle, you notice its beautiful charm.

This is the library which is located on the main floor.The herringbone oak floor pattern creates different shadings from each end of the room. On the ceiling is Sir Pellatt’s Coat of Arms.

Sir Henry Pellat’s Study located on the main floor.

Great Hall: With a 60′ high ceiling, this room is a focal point of Casa Loma.

The ceiling located in the conservatory.

This is the serving room, which is located on the main floor of the castle.

Sir Henry Pellatt’s Suite located on the second floor.

Lady Pellatt’s Suite: The walls are painted in Lady Pellatt’s favourite colour: Wedgwood blue.

I did it, I took a selfie inside Lady Pellatt’s Bathroom. Don’t judge.

The third floor of the castle leads to the towers which allow you to see the elegant gardens outside.

One of my favourite pictures taken. This is a beautiful shot of the Toronto skyline which can be viewed from the tower.

This is the wine cellar: Ammonia and brine-filled pipes chilled the collection of nearly 1800 bottles of wine and champagne.

As of 2014, the garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s.

1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard.

1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard.

Casa Loma Garden.

Fun Facts about Casa Loma:

Casa Loma is a popular location for both film and television. It has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Warehouse 13, Twitches Too, and The Pacifier. Comic books and children’s novels that have filmed at Casa Loma include the Scott Pilgrim series and Eric Wilson‘s murder mystery, The Lost Treasure of Casa Loma. It was also temporarily transformed into Hogwarts for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Casa Loma is also a top wedding venue in Toronto. Many couples also get their weddings photos taken at the castle. If you’re interested in doing so, check out more information here.

I loved this castle and if you haven’t taken a tour yet, add it to your to do list the next time you visit Toronto!

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