Literally the “House on a Hill,” Casa Loma - a mock medieval castle with Elizabethan-style chimneys, Rhineland turrets, secret passageways, and an underground tunnel - towers above midtown Toronto on a cliff. A walk through the sumptuous interior of this eccentric 98-room mansion is a trip back in time.
Inside, you can wander through the majestic Great Hall, marveling at its 59 foot (18 meter) high hammer-beam ceiling, while in the Oak Room the stately paneling took three years for artisans to create. Elegant bronze doors open up into the Conservatory, which is lit by an Italian chandelier with electrical bunches of grapes. Rugs feature the same patterns as those at Windsor castle. The original kitchen had ovens big enough to cook an ox, and secret panels and tunnels abound. The stables were used by the Canadian government for secret WWII research into anti-U-boat technology.
Great value for such a small price. The R. O. museum is particularly good, and Casa Loma is beautiful.
Review by Anonymous, April 2009
Doing what: Toronto CityPass
Three useful passes included - the ROM, CN tower and Casa Loma are a must for the city of Toronto. The zoo is a long trek out of the city by public transport - 1hr 30 by subway and bus. For adults with no kids - it's probably worthwhile only getting to the venues in downtown.
Casa Loma sits off Spadina Avenue off Davenport Road. You can get here by both subway and bus. As you climb Baldwin Steps up the slope from Spadina Avenue, you’ll pass flowering gardens and benches. The only dining option on-site is Sir Henry’s Café; if you feel hunger pangs, stop here for a snack, as nearby dining options are limited.