After sleeping in, Bobby and I made our way over to Casa Loma. For every other attraction we have walked but today we used the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), $3 and we had access to the street car, then used two subway lines.
Casa Loma translates to ‘House on the hill” and was the former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and 5-acre estate gardens. There are self-guided audio tours available in multiple languages included with the price of your admission ($24). The Gothic revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto is now a museum and landmark, Casa Loma was constructed over a three-year period from 1911–1914. During the depression that followed World War One, the City of Toronto increased Casa Loma’s annual property taxes from $600 per year to $1,000 a month, Pellatt, already experiencing financial difficulties, was forced to auction off $1.5 million in art and $250,000 in furnishings. Sir Henry Pellatt was able to enjoy life in the castle for less than ten years, leaving in 1923
The red building in the background is the stables and garage that are attached to the main house by an underground tunnel! We managed to spend at least 2 hours touring the grounds, the city pass, worth your money.
We hit up New York Fries for lunch and headed to the Royal Ontario Museum, except they told us they would be closing in an hour (even though the website said we had until 8:30pm), so we headed home. On the way we stopped by one of the many dog parks in Toronto and played with the puppies.
I’d love to see more of this in the Peg. For the remainder of the night we will be sipping on wine and preparing for the weekend adventures!