PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTIONS

Go to Dupont station (located two stops north of St. George station on the Spadina- University line) and walk north two blocks on Spadina Ave. At this point, visitors have the option of climbing the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) at Spadina Ave. and Davenport Road or walking up the hill on the west side of the castle.

Go to Spadina station and take the Davenport 127 bus to Davenport & Spadina. Get off the bus and climb the Baldwin steps (110 steps ), or take the bus one stop further to Davenport and Walmer and walk up the hill on the west side of the castle.
Go to St. Clair West station on the Spadina-University line, walk east on St. Clair to Spadina, turn right (south) and keep walking (approximately 15 minutes) to the castle.

Go to St. Clair station on the Yonge line. Take the St. Clair streetcar (going West) to Spadina Road (5-minute ride-during construction this service is temporarily being provided by buses), get off and walk south on Spadina Road (approximate 10-minute walk) to Casa Loma.

UBER/LYFT AND TAXIS

Uber, Lyft and Taxis are allowed to enter the East Parking lot for free to access the pick up/drop off area.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the South-West

(Windsor, London etc.)
Take the 401 East to Allen Road (Allen Expressway). Go south on the Allen Expressway to Eglinton Avenue West. Turn left (east) on Eglinton to Spadina. At Spadina, turn right (south). Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is just south of St. Clair Ave.

From the North-East

(Ajax, Oshawa, Scarborough etc.)
Take the 401 West to the Don Valley Parkway. Go south on the D.V.P. to Eglinton Avenue East. Go west on Eglinton to Spadina. Turn left (south) on Spadina. Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is south of St. Clair Ave.

Parking: There is paid parking onsite at Casa Loma. Flat rate of $15 per vehicle (cash, credit or debit is accepted).
Please review the onsite signage and if needed, additional paid parking is available at George Brown College (south of Casa Loma, off Macpherson Avenue).

Please note the East Parking lot opens for general parking after 5pm daily (after coach parking is no longer required).

PARKING

There is paid parking onsite at Casa Loma. Flat rate of $15 per vehicle (cash, credit or debit is accepted).
Please review the onsite signage and if needed, additional paid parking is available at George Brown College (south of Casa Loma, off Macpherson Avenue).

Please note the East Parking lot opens for general parking after 5pm daily (after coach parking is no longer required).

ACCESSIBILITY

Currently, Casa Loma is able to provide the following areas of accessibility:

  • Multimedia audio guides are available in American Sign Language and Visual Description.
  • Persons with special needs pay regular admission; escort(s) is admitted for free.
  • Service animals are welcome in Casa Loma and Casa Loma Estate Gardens, but must be accompanied by a service animal vest or documentation.
  • Casa Loma’s entrance is located at One Austin Terrace. The main door is wheelchair accessible when both front doors are open. The wheelchair ramp has a handrail.
  • Taxis and special needs vehicles may drop off visitors in the East Parking Lot.
  • The Box Office is located to your right in the front vestibule of Casa Loma.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge.
  • All exhibit rooms on the first, second and third floor are wheelchair accessible. The only exemptions are: The Queen’s Own Rifles Room and Pellatt Room located on the third floor and The Servant’s Room located between the second and third floor
  • There is one small heritage elevator in Casa Loma that is staff operated.
  • The basement, second and third floor of Casa Loma are accessible by elevator. The elevator is staff operated and only used for visitors who are unable to climb the stairs. Strollers are not permitted on the elevator. The 800-foot tunnel that leads to the Carriage Room, Potting Shed and Stables has stairs. The Scottish and Norman Towers have spiral staircases.
  • The lower garden terrace of Casa Loma is accessible by the East Garden gate. As well, the lower garden terrace is accessible from the Great Hall and the Library located on the main floor.
  • Accessible washrooms are located on the main floor.
  • Written transcripts of the audio guide and the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary (in English) are available upon request.
  • There are two wheelchair accessible parking spots located in the West Parking Lot.
  • Large print maps are available upon request.
  • Touring Casa Loma is a kid friendly activity; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 are admitted free!
  • Strollers not recommended, due to stairs.
  • Entrance to Sir Henry Pellatt documentary and use of our multimedia audio guide is included in the admission price.
  • Please note the tower closes at 4.30pm to accommodate Escape the Tower.
  • Please be advised that the Casa Loma elevator cannot accommodate strollers.
  • Liberty Café and the Casa Loma Gift Shop located on lower level; the Terrace Grill is seasonal
  • No food or beverages permitted in building outside of the Liberty Café
  • Castle and grounds available for private functions, meetings, media and film shoots. More information available in our Private Events section.
Prices & Hours

Date & Time specific General Admission tickets are available online .

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for touring (Last guest admission: 4:30 p.m.)

Notes: Access to the Gardens closes early on select days to accomodate the BlueBlood Steakhouse Terrace. Monday – Wednesday closes at 4.45pm. Thursday – Sunday closes at 3.45pm.

The Scottish Tower closes early on select days to accomodate the Escape Casa Loma Series. Thursday & Friday closes at 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday closes at 1 p.m. The Norman Tower remains open.

General Admission Tickets

Adults (18-64)
$40

Seniors (65+)
$35

($32.12 + HST)

Youth (14-17)
$35

($32.12 + HST)

Children (4-13)
$25

($17.70 + HST)

Children under 3 are admitted free, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Entrance to Sir Henry Pellatt documentary and complimentary mobile audio guide app are included with General Admission. Audio Guide devices can be rented from the Gift Shop.

CityPass

Experience more, Spend less. Save 38% off admission to Casa Loma, plus 4 more top Toronto attractions: CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo OR Ontario Science Centre.

Cost:
Adult $105.97 CAD (value $171)
Child (4-12) $72.92 CAD (value $107)

Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period. First, purchase CityPASS online for instant, paperless mobile ticket delivery. Next, present CityPASS at main entrance to receive the next available entry time. CityPASS ticket holders do not need advance reservations.

Location

Casa Loma is located at One Austin Terrace near the corner of Davenport Rd. and Spadina Ave. In Toronto, Canada

Directions

PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTIONS

The TTC traveller has four options to reach Casa Loma by way of public transportation

Go to Dupont station (located two stops north of St. George station on the Spadina- University line) and walk north two blocks on Spadina Ave. At this point, visitors have the option of climbing the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) at Spadina Ave. and Davenport Road or walking up the hill on the west side of the castle.

Go to Spadina station and take the Davenport 127 bus to Davenport & Spadina. Get off the bus and climb the Baldwin steps (110 steps ), or take the bus one stop further to Davenport and Walmer and walk up the hill on the west side of the castle.
Go to St. Clair West station on the Spadina-University line, walk east on St. Clair to Spadina, turn right (south) and keep walking (approximately 15 minutes) to the castle.

Go to St. Clair station on the Yonge line. Take the St. Clair streetcar (going West) to Spadina Road (5-minute ride-during construction this service is temporarily being provided by buses), get off and walk south on Spadina Road (approximate 10-minute walk) to Casa Loma.

UBER/LYFT AND TAXIS

Uber, Lyft and Taxis are allowed to enter the East Parking lot for free to access the pick up/drop off area.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the South-West

(Windsor, London etc.)
Take the 401 East to Allen Road (Allen Expressway). Go south on the Allen Expressway to Eglinton Avenue West. Turn left (east) on Eglinton to Spadina. At Spadina, turn right (south). Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is just south of St. Clair Ave.

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From the North-East

(Ajax, Oshawa, Scarborough etc.)
Take the 401 West to the Don Valley Parkway. Go south on the D.V.P. to Eglinton Avenue East. Go west on Eglinton to Spadina. Turn left (south) on Spadina. Continue on Spadina until you reach the front of the Castle, which is south of St. Clair Ave.

Parking: There is paid parking onsite at Casa Loma. Flat rate of $15 per vehicle (cash, credit or debit is accepted).
Please review the onsite signage and if needed, additional paid parking is available at George Brown College (south of Casa Loma, off Macpherson Avenue).

Please note the East Parking lot opens for general parking after 5pm daily (after coach parking is no longer required).

PARKING

There is paid parking onsite at Casa Loma. Flat rate of $15 per vehicle (cash, credit or debit is accepted).
Please review the onsite signage and if needed, additional paid parking is available at George Brown College (south of Casa Loma, off Macpherson Avenue).

Please note the East Parking lot opens for general parking after 5pm daily (after coach parking is no longer required).

ACCESSIBILITY

Currently, Casa Loma is able to provide the following areas of accessibility:

  • Multimedia audio guides are available in American Sign Language and Visual Description.
  • Persons with special needs pay regular admission; escort(s) is admitted for free.
  • Service animals are welcome in Casa Loma and Casa Loma Estate Gardens, but must be accompanied by a service animal vest or documentation.
  • Casa Loma’s entrance is located at One Austin Terrace. The main door is wheelchair accessible when both front doors are open. The wheelchair ramp has a handrail.
  • Taxis and special needs vehicles may drop off visitors in the East Parking Lot.
  • The Box Office is located to your right in the front vestibule of Casa Loma.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge.
  • All exhibit rooms on the first, second and third floor are wheelchair accessible. The only exemptions are: The Queen’s Own Rifles Room and Pellatt Room located on the third floor and The Servant’s Room located between the second and third floor
  • There is one small heritage elevator in Casa Loma that is staff operated.
  • The basement, second and third floor of Casa Loma are accessible by elevator. The elevator is staff operated and only used for visitors who are unable to climb the stairs. Strollers are not permitted on the elevator. The 800-foot tunnel that leads to the Carriage Room, Potting Shed and Stables has stairs. The Scottish and Norman Towers have spiral staircases.
  • The lower garden terrace of Casa Loma is accessible by the East Garden gate. As well, the lower garden terrace is accessible from the Great Hall and the Library located on the main floor.
  • Accessible washrooms are located on the main floor.
  • Written transcripts of the audio guide and the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary (in English) are available upon request.
  • There are two wheelchair accessible parking spots located in the West Parking Lot.
  • Large print maps are available upon request.
Things to Note
  • Touring Casa Loma is a kid friendly activity; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 are admitted free!
  • Strollers not recommended, due to stairs.
  • Entrance to Sir Henry Pellatt documentary and use of our multimedia audio guide is included in the admission price.
  • Please note the tower closes at 4.30pm to accommodate Escape the Tower.
  • Please be advised that the Casa Loma elevator cannot accommodate strollers.
  • Liberty Café and the Casa Loma Gift Shop located on lower level; the Terrace Grill is seasonal
  • No food or beverages permitted in building outside of the Liberty Café
  • Castle and grounds available for private functions, meetings, media and film shoots. More information available in our Private Events section.

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A Guide to Casa Loma: Things to See and Do

I am quite fond of castles, grand churches, and other similar buildings.

These structures are often the most resilient to the passage of time, and there is always so much history within them. Not only can we explore, but we can also, for a moment, walk through history and marvel at the artifacts and stories of ages long past.

The best part, of course, is when we imagine how life and adventures could have been in such distant times.

C asa Loma, completed in 1914, is the home of Sir Henry Pellatt—a Canadian financier and soldier. The estate features massive halls, secret passageways, a gorgeous sprawling backyard, a small museum, a gift shop, a garden, an art gallery, and towers with panoramic views of the city, among others.

Most famously, Station M—a paramilitary and spy training installation—was rumored to have been within the walls of Casa Loma. There will also be information on Camp X (an installation similar to Station M) and Sir William Stephenson (the Canadian spymaster who’s one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond).

As one of the top destinations in Toronto, Casa Loma never fails to intrigue and entertain. This place surprised me more than I thought it would. There is so much within its walls, and you could wander the place for hours (especially the haunted parts during Halloween).

In this photography guide, I’ll show you all the great things to see and do when visiting Casa Loma.

Casa Loma: Important Information
DimensionsThe castle is 180,000 square feet (16723 square meters). The grounds is significantly larger.
DurationThe recommended duration of visit is 2-3 hours.
Best TimeThe best time to visit is early in the morning when Casa Loma opens.
CostYou can buy tickets and check prices via the Casa Loma website.
ParkingIf you have a vehicle, then parking is about $15 for the duration of your stay. There is no time limit for how long you can stay.
Special Considerations: During October, Casa Loma becomes a very cool haunted castle.

Casa Loma’s Story

Casa Loma—roughly translating to “house on a hill”–is considered a treasured heritage landmark of Canada. Although once belonging to Pellatt, the city of Toronto currently owns the entire estate. It was basically built so Pellatt could flex how rich he was.

Overall, Casa Loma’s main focus is on historical items, structures, and exhibits.

Casa Loma Exhibits

While Casa Loma features many wonderful things, I will only show photos of some of my favorites. What I show here is, by no means, comprehensive. There’s much more to see and explore. (Click photos to enlarge them).

Wine Room, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Bedroom, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Dining Area, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Sir Henry Pellatt spared no expense to continuously remind everyone that he was a knight.

As previously mentioned, Casa Loma contains a lot of history between its walls. One such history revolves around Station M—a secret manufacturing facility potentially within Casa Loma. There is strong evidence for this, especially when considering the fact that Casa Loma has a rather unusual amount of secret tunnels and passageways.

Numerous types of special operations weapons were created at Station M. One of which is a “lipstick knife.”

This lipstick only comes in one color: blood red.

Another special weapon was named “Gun in Book.” How creative. Side Note: “A Man Called Intrepid” is a book about Sir William Stephenson—a Canadian spymaster whose codename was Intrepid. Intrepid means fearless.

When the librarian has had enough of your shit.

Let’s focus on the description of the “Gun in Book” for a minute.

“Female agents traveling by train were particularly vulnerable as the Gestapo was known to travel the train, checking each passenger’s ID. If a Gestapo agent were to become suspicious and attempt to take custody of an agent, she would reach for this gun hidden inside of a book, shoot the Gestapo agent, and jump from the train.”

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Not only was the agent instructed to wreck a Gestapo agent, but she was also advised to jump from the train. There is literally no other instruction for what happens after the train. It’s just:

  1. Shoot.
  2. Jump from the train.

Assuming she was to survive the fall, where would she even go? Would she just say, “Oh, PHEW! I just shot that dude in the face. No one is going to care. Guess I’ll just stroll on home now without any repercussions!”

My instructions would have been more clear:

  1. Shoot face.
  2. Steal weapons.
  3. Shoot more faces.
  4. Take over the train.
  5. Ride the train to safety or ride it straight to hell.

Not only was Station M of significant historical importance, it’s often tied to Camp X—another paramilitary and spy training installation. Camp X and Station M are closely tied to Sir William Stephenson—the spymaster who’s one of the main sources of inspiration for James Bond.

The Towers

The towers—creating a massive and memorable profile of the building—are the defining features of Casa Loma. And each tower focuses on a distinct feature of the estate.

Follow the respective signs to each tower (they are in opposite directions). There will be a series of staircases leading to the top of the tower. However, the spiral staircase is very narrow—only capable of accommodating one person each way—so it may become congested. Also, note that the spiral staircase is the only way up and down. There are no other pathways.

The Scottish tower is mostly enclosed.

More importantly, the Scottish Tower, once fully redesigned, will feature the dragon exhibit.

How to hide your dragon.

The Norman tower, on the other hand, provides an exceptional view of Toronto’s skyline and the entire estate.

Recall that there is only one way up or down the towers—via a series of very narrow stairways. Norman tower does get quite crowded later in the day, so you might have a hard time ascending and descending. To alleviate this problem, I recommend planning your visit earlier in the day.

The Estate Gardens

The Conservatory (originally named “The Palm Room”) exemplifies Pellatt’s love for gardening. The floors, featuring Italian marble, lie below a stained-glass dome and is flanked on both sides by raised flowerbeds.

The entire estate garden is very elaborate, containing a plethora of flower arrangements and a fountain.

There is even an outdoor dining area for all visitors to enjoy. (Click photos to enlarge them).

A Guide to Casa Loma: Things to See and Do

I am quite fond of castles, grand churches, and other similar buildings.

These structures are often the most resilient to the passage of time, and there is always so much history within them. Not only can we explore, but we can also, for a moment, walk through history and marvel at the artifacts and stories of ages long past.

The best part, of course, is when we imagine how life and adventures could have been in such distant times.

C asa Loma, completed in 1914, is the home of Sir Henry Pellatt—a Canadian financier and soldier. The estate features massive halls, secret passageways, a gorgeous sprawling backyard, a small museum, a gift shop, a garden, an art gallery, and towers with panoramic views of the city, among others.

Most famously, Station M—a paramilitary and spy training installation—was rumored to have been within the walls of Casa Loma. There will also be information on Camp X (an installation similar to Station M) and Sir William Stephenson (the Canadian spymaster who’s one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond).

As one of the top destinations in Toronto, Casa Loma never fails to intrigue and entertain. This place surprised me more than I thought it would. There is so much within its walls, and you could wander the place for hours (especially the haunted parts during Halloween).

In this photography guide, I’ll show you all the great things to see and do when visiting Casa Loma.

Casa Loma: Important Information
DimensionsThe castle is 180,000 square feet (16723 square meters). The grounds is significantly larger.
DurationThe recommended duration of visit is 2-3 hours.
Best TimeThe best time to visit is early in the morning when Casa Loma opens.
CostYou can buy tickets and check prices via the Casa Loma website.
ParkingIf you have a vehicle, then parking is about $15 for the duration of your stay. There is no time limit for how long you can stay.
Special Considerations: During October, Casa Loma becomes a very cool haunted castle.

Casa Loma’s Story

Casa Loma—roughly translating to “house on a hill”–is considered a treasured heritage landmark of Canada. Although once belonging to Pellatt, the city of Toronto currently owns the entire estate. It was basically built so Pellatt could flex how rich he was.

Overall, Casa Loma’s main focus is on historical items, structures, and exhibits.

Casa Loma Exhibits

While Casa Loma features many wonderful things, I will only show photos of some of my favorites. What I show here is, by no means, comprehensive. There’s much more to see and explore. (Click photos to enlarge them).

Wine Room, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Bedroom, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Dining Area, Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Sir Henry Pellatt spared no expense to continuously remind everyone that he was a knight.

As previously mentioned, Casa Loma contains a lot of history between its walls. One such history revolves around Station M—a secret manufacturing facility potentially within Casa Loma. There is strong evidence for this, especially when considering the fact that Casa Loma has a rather unusual amount of secret tunnels and passageways.

Numerous types of special operations weapons were created at Station M. One of which is a “lipstick knife.”

This lipstick only comes in one color: blood red.

Another special weapon was named “Gun in Book.” How creative. Side Note: “A Man Called Intrepid” is a book about Sir William Stephenson—a Canadian spymaster whose codename was Intrepid. Intrepid means fearless.

When the librarian has had enough of your shit.

Let’s focus on the description of the “Gun in Book” for a minute.

“Female agents traveling by train were particularly vulnerable as the Gestapo was known to travel the train, checking each passenger’s ID. If a Gestapo agent were to become suspicious and attempt to take custody of an agent, she would reach for this gun hidden inside of a book, shoot the Gestapo agent, and jump from the train.”

Not only was the agent instructed to wreck a Gestapo agent, but she was also advised to jump from the train. There is literally no other instruction for what happens after the train. It’s just:

  1. Shoot.
  2. Jump from the train.

Assuming she was to survive the fall, where would she even go? Would she just say, “Oh, PHEW! I just shot that dude in the face. No one is going to care. Guess I’ll just stroll on home now without any repercussions!”

My instructions would have been more clear:

  1. Shoot face.
  2. Steal weapons.
  3. Shoot more faces.
  4. Take over the train.
  5. Ride the train to safety or ride it straight to hell.

Not only was Station M of significant historical importance, it’s often tied to Camp X—another paramilitary and spy training installation. Camp X and Station M are closely tied to Sir William Stephenson—the spymaster who’s one of the main sources of inspiration for James Bond.

The Towers

The towers—creating a massive and memorable profile of the building—are the defining features of Casa Loma. And each tower focuses on a distinct feature of the estate.

Follow the respective signs to each tower (they are in opposite directions). There will be a series of staircases leading to the top of the tower. However, the spiral staircase is very narrow—only capable of accommodating one person each way—so it may become congested. Also, note that the spiral staircase is the only way up and down. There are no other pathways.

The Scottish tower is mostly enclosed.

More importantly, the Scottish Tower, once fully redesigned, will feature the dragon exhibit.

How to hide your dragon.

The Norman tower, on the other hand, provides an exceptional view of Toronto’s skyline and the entire estate.

Recall that there is only one way up or down the towers—via a series of very narrow stairways. Norman tower does get quite crowded later in the day, so you might have a hard time ascending and descending. To alleviate this problem, I recommend planning your visit earlier in the day.

The Estate Gardens

The Conservatory (originally named “The Palm Room”) exemplifies Pellatt’s love for gardening. The floors, featuring Italian marble, lie below a stained-glass dome and is flanked on both sides by raised flowerbeds.

The entire estate garden is very elaborate, containing a plethora of flower arrangements and a fountain.

There is even an outdoor dining area for all visitors to enjoy. (Click photos to enlarge them).

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Source https://www.aceadventurer.com/what-to-see-and-do-when-visiting-casa-loma-in-toronto/

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