Castles are beautiful and well thought-out types of architecture that have existed for several years. There are many castles situated all over Canada that are worth capturing, and paying a visit to.
You should be familiar with these castles for whatever reason, perhaps you may be planning your dream wedding, going for a tour, filming a movie, renting out the space, or simply visiting these historical buildings. Take a look at this list of magnificent castles, that for a couple of minutes can make your fairytale come true:
1. Dundurn Castle // Hamilton,Ontario.
This historic neoclassical castle was completed in 1835, on York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario. The castle is closely associated with builder Sir Allan Napier MacNab, building 40 rooms inside this 18,000 square feet Italianate-style villa. Dundurn is differentiated by its French windows, wide verandas, two square towers, custom roofs and a Doric portico at the south entrance. Dundurn Castle was nationally recognized for its grand entertainments, hosted by Sir Allan and his descendant The Duchess of Cornwall. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1984 and is now owned by the city of Hamilton.
2. Craigdarroch Castle // Victoria, British Columbia.
The Victorian-era Scottish baronial style castle has 39 rooms and is over 25,000 square feet. Craigdarroch is recognized for its stained-glass detailed woodwork and posh furnishings from the 1890's. It is currently owned by a private non-profit society, the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society. The castle is open to the public and attracts approximately 150,000 visitors annually. It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada because of its location in Victoria.
3. Rideau Hall // Ottawa,Ontario.
This is Florentine Renaissance Revival architecture is also known as "Canada's House." From 1867, both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada have resided in this regency. The main building is 102,000 square feet, it has 175 rooms, and there are 27 outbuildings around the grounds. Only 500 square metres is devoted to private living, as nearly all of Rideau Hall is occupied for state affairs. The grounds were designated in 1977 as a National Historic Site of Canada but the regency is open to public, attracting 200,000 annually.
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4. Hatley Park Castle // Colwood, British Columbia.
Hatley is a Scottish Baronial style castle and a Classified Federal Heritage Building. The building is 200 feet long and 86 feet wide; the turret is 82 feet high. Originally the castle belonged to B.C's Lieutenant Governor, James Dunsmuir, who purchased it in 1906, completed it in 1908 and resided there with his family until the end of the Great Depression. The name "Hatley Park", comes after the British and European tradition of naming private estates. The castle and grounds have been used for the public Royal Roads University since 1995 and from 1940s to 1995, it was a naval training facility for Royal Roads Military College.
5. Castle Loma // Toronto, Ontario
This Gothic- Revival style architecture is a piece de resistance and it took over 3 years to built the 180,000 square-foot castle. There are 98 rooms and a couple of secret passages inside the medieval fantasy. It went from being a private home, to a nightclub, than transitioning into a hotel and finally to one of today's most famous museums and landmarks of Canada.
6. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac // Quebec City, Quebec.
Preceding to the construction of the hotel brand, the original estate was built in 1893 and was held by the Chateau Haldimand, a regency of the British colonial governors of Lower Canada and Quebec. At this moment, the hotel has 600 rooms, 18 floors and is situated at an elevation of 54 m. Have you seen the breathtaking skyline of Quebec City it rests on? According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Chateau made the list of the most photographed castles in the world.
7. Place Viger // Montreal, Quebec.
This castle was constructed in 1898 and functioned both a grand hotel and railway station. It was designed for the Canadian Pacific Railway, takes up 150,000 square feet and positioned in then considered the central core of Montreal. Place Viger is built in a chateau-style, but was never occupied by a royal family, rather built in honor of the province of Quebec. For nearly a decade Place Viger was isolated and abandoned, a striking historic building surrounded by concrete and a highway.
8. Banff Springs Hotel
This is another castle-like architecture that was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's largest hotels for the railway. It was designed in a Scottish Baronial style, and is located in one of Toronto's greatest landmarks, The Banff National Park. The castle stands at an altitude of 1414 m, takes up 720,000 metres , and there are 764 guest rooms. Banff Springs is a well recognized castle and it has been an emblem of Rocky Mountain for years.
Which castle will you be paying your next visit to?