Canada's own castle, Casa Loma, is today owned by the City of Toronto and draws plenty of interest, standing in medieval splendour on its hilltop site. The castle was formerly the home of Canadian financier, Sir Henry Pellatt, who engaged the noted architect E J Lennox to help him realise a life-long dream of building a castle. Construction started in 1911 and it took 300 men nearly three years to complete the impressive Casa Loma. Inside visitors can see the magnificent decorated suites, secret passages, and 800ft (244m) long tunnel, while outside it is possible to stroll through the beautiful five-acre estate gardens. Self-guided audio tours are available and the castle is open every day.
Address: 1 Austin Terrace
Telephone: (416) 923 1171
Transport: From Dupont station, walk to Spadina Ave and Davenport Rd, then climb the Baldwin Steps to the castle
Opening times: Open daily, from 9.30am to 5pm
Admission: C$24 (adults), C$14 (children aged 4 - 13). Other concessions are available.