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Tour of Casa Loma

  1. Great Hall: The Great Hall, unfinished during Sir Henry's time, welcomes visitors to the castle with a 60' high ceiling and a Wurlitzer organ which once resided in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. This room, with sculpted figures adorning the pillars and its oak-beamed ceiling, is a focal point of the castle. This room provides visitors with audio self-guided tour cassettes in seven languages.
  2. Library: The herringbone oak floor pattern creates different shadings from each end of the room. On the ceiling is Pellatt's coat of arms. The library's capacity is estimated to be around 10,000 books.
  3. Dining Room: Lined with Circassian walnut, the dining room was originally separated from the library by unique paneling.
  4. The Conservatory: The floor marble is Italian but the side panels are of Ontario marble. Covering the Conversatory is a beautiful stained glass dome. Steam pipes kept the flower beds warm in the winter.
  5. Serving Room: Also used as a breakfast room, this room contains original Pellatt furniture.
  6. Peacock Alley: Stretching from the Conservatory to the Great Hall, Peacock Alley is a reproduction of the Peacock Alley in England's majestic Windsor Castle. The walls are oak and the floor is made from teakwood.
  7. Sir Henry's Study: The mahogany panels conceal a secret door on either side of the fireplace. Please take the passageway to the left of the fireplace to the second floor , or use the stairway* from the Great Hall if a less narrow, steep route is preferred.
  8. Sir Henry's Suite: The walls are mahogany and walnut. A secret storage area beside the fireplace was used to store confidential documents.
  9. Sir Henry's Bathroom: The shower was structured to completely surround the body with spray manipulated by using 6 taps that controlled 3 levels of pipes. All the walls are outfitted with white Carrara marble.
  10. Lady Pellatt's Suite: The walls are painted in Lady Pellatt's favourite colour: Wedgwood blue.
  11. Girl Guides Exhibit: Placed in the castle as a tribute to the support Lady Pellatt provided to the Guides when the organization was in its infancy.
  12. Lady Pellatt's Bathroom: Smaller than Sir Henry's, it had a bidet, a rare feature in Canadian homes at the time.
  13. Guest Suite: One of several such elegant rooms, adjoined by maid's quarters. Please continue through the Guest Suite to the stairway to the third floor.
  14. Queen's Own Rifles Museum: Sir Henry was a dedicated supporter of the Queen's Own Rifles achieving the rank of Major General. The regiment's band was often engaged to entertain guests at the castle. In 1910, Sir Henry took the entire 600 man regiment to England for military games at his expense.
  15. The Towers: For the adventurous climbers there are two towers available for viewing. The Scottish Tower to the east is enclosed and offers the highest view from the property. The Norman Tower on the west is open and provides a breathtaking view of the city. Access to the upper portions of the towers is by spiral staircase only.
  16. The Kiwanis Room: This room tells the remarkable story of the Kiwanis Club's restoration and operation of Casa Loma since 1937. Proceeds from the castle go to the Kiwanis' charitable projects. Please take the main stairway* to the second floor.
  17. Servant's Room: Up a few steps from the landing is a typical servant's room.
  18. Windsor Room: Sir Henry hoped to have the Royal Family as guests in this room.
  19. Round Room: Designed to fit the space below the tower, this Adams-style room has custom shaped doors to fit the curved walls. Please take the main stairway* to the main floor.
  20. Smoking Room: Quiet games of chess or cards were enjoyed here.
  21. Billiard Room: Sir Henry and E.J. Lennox, the architect of Casa Loma, recorded a long running game of billiards in this room.
  22. Oak Room: The French oak panels took artisans 3 years to carve. This was Sir Henry's drawing room.
  23. Great Hall: If you have an audio guide machine, please return it in the Great Hall. You are invited to the lower level of the castle to visit the Gift Shop and Castle Cafe, and take the tunnel to the stables and carriage house.

The Lower Level

  1. Gift Shop: The three arches in this room were laneways for Sir Henry's proposed bowling alleys. A shooting range was to have been installed on the other side of the wall but was never completed.
  2. Castle Cafe: Originally designed to be Sir Henry's private exercise room, it was to be filled with the latest of the turn-of-the-century equipment.
  3. Swimming Pool: The pool beneath the Conservatory was also never properly finished. The original plans called for the pool to be surrounded by cloisters, marble arches and gold swans around the edge. In fact, the pool and the entire basement of Casa Loma were used mainly for storage.
  4. Wine Cellar: Ammonia and brine-filled pipes chilled the collection of nearly 1800 bottles of wine and champagne, Sir Henry's drink of preference. It is interesting to note that the cellar is directly connected to Sir Henry's study by a secret passage.
  5. The Tunnel: The 800' tunnel runs 18' below the ground and connects the castle's Lower Level with the stables.

The Grounds

  1. The Tunnel: The 800' tunnel runs 18' below the ground and connects the castle's Lower Level with the stables.
  2. Carriage Room: Much of the carriage collection on display is on loan from the Powell family of Kettleby, Ontario.
  3. The Stables: The horse stalls are constructed of mahogany while the floors are covered with Spanish tiles. In the stables each horse's name was displayed in a gold leaf at the head of each stall.
  4. Potting Shed: A large room where past and present Casa Loma gardeners plant material for use throughout the grounds.
  5. The Gardens: Renovated by the Garden Club of Toronto, the 6 acres surrounding the castle feature formal perennial borders, sculpture and fountains. The wooded hillside showcases wild flowers and ferns plus dramatic rhododendrons and decorative grasses. Enjoy the serene beauty and changing panorama of rainbow colours May through October as the gardens mirror the transition of the Canadian seasons.