Casa Loma, Toronto’s own Gothic castle right in the heart of the city!

Built in the Gothic Revival style, Casa Loma is located in midtown Toronto and was once the home to Sir Henry Pellatt. Construction began in 1911 and took 300 workers three years to complete.

  • Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1X8
  • Province: Ontario
  • Year of Visit: 2013, 2014

With ninety-eight rooms, a floor area of 64,700 square feet, an elevator, a massive oven, central vacuum, secret passages, a pool, and three bowling alleys, at its completion Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada (the grounds cover 343,253 square feet) and cost approximately $3.5 million to build.

Casa Loma was designated in 1987 as a Heritage Property under the Ontario Heritage Act. Today, it operates as a museum and famous Toronto landmark. Cameras and flash are allowed, tripods and monopods are not.

Brett: You’ll be amazed at how many films were shot, in part, at this location, including X-Men and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016). Check out Wikipedia for a full list!

This is definitely one of our favourite spots to shoot on the outside but be prepared to pay something rather more than a nominal fee if you want to shoot indoors. It also photographs beautifully at night, though consider bringing a wide-angle lens for both night and day pictures. I can’t get enough of this place. “Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.” (Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House)

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