Do you dream of a magical getaway in a castle? Well, it turns out that Canada has tons of castles across the country that you can visit. Whether you’re looking for an urban castle, a waterfront castle, or a forest castle, we’ve got you covered. Here are 14 of the most magical castles you can visit in Canada
This large 1830s chateau has 40 Italian-style rooms. It was once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railroad magnate, lawyer and Prime Minister of United Canada (1854-1856). Today the castle tells the story of the MacNab family and the dedicated servants who worked there.
Or: 610, boul. York, Hamilton, Ontario
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $ 14 adults, $ 12 for seniors, $ 12 for students, $ 8 for children, FREE 5 years and under
The magnificent Toronto Castle was once the home of Sir Henry Pellatt. He had incredible success and built his dream home, Casa Loma, filling it with priceless art from around the world. Today you can visit the estate and the gardens as well as see exhibitions.
Or: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario
Hours: Open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $ 30 adults, $ 25 seniors, $ 25 youth, $ 20 children
The castle or villa was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay and served as his home. as a home for his family. Since his death, it has housed all the governors general since Confederation. Today you can visit the park as well as the cabins with a guide. It’s a great way to look at the past and also a unique look at the life and duties of the Governor General.
Or: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Hours: The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. before sunset, all tours are currently online
Cost: To free
This magnificent castle was built by the “Flax and Linseed Oil King of Canada” James Livingstone in 1877. It is an excellent example of Victorian architecture and has been fully restored to its original splendor. . Today you can tour the house and see its magnificent interior and unique trompe-l’oeil paintings throughout the house.
Or: 60 Snyder’s Road West, Baden, Ontario
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-4pm
Cost: $ 9 adults, $ 8 seniors (65+) and students, $ 5 children
The Willistead Manor
Perhaps more of a mansion than a castle, Willistead Manor is a grand house that was built in 1906. It was the home of Edward Chandler Walker, Hiram Walker’s second son. Today the house is available for rental for gatherings, weddings and more. You can also visit it although tours are not underway during the pandemic.
Or: 1899 Niagara Street
Hours: Closed until further notice
Cost: $ 6.25 adults, $ 5.25 students and seniors, $ 2.75 children 12 and under
The Chateau Laurier
If you want to treat yourself to a night in a luxurious chateau, you can do so and more at Chateau Laurier. The imposing 1912 building is hard to miss as it is right in downtown Ottawa. This means you can explore the area, pretend to be a royal in any of the hotel‘s 429 rooms, and maybe even get the royal treatment at the hotel spa.
Or: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost: $ 288 + per night
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This century-old building has had several lifetimes. Formerly a station and today a hotel in full reinvention. As the building is currently under development, you may be able to see it from the outside. That’s okay as the castle-like design of the building is a sight to behold.
Or: 700, rue Saint-Antoine Est, Montreal, Quebec
Ravenscrag, also known as the Allan Memorial Institute, is probably the most interesting building on this list. Built in 1863, it was at one time the largest mansion in Canada, but it was sadly demolished and turned into a hospital in the 1940s. What makes it so interesting is that it was the home of the infamous MKUltra experiments of the 50s and 60s. Today it’s part of McGill’s psychology department, but you can still check out the outside.
Or: 1025 Av. Des Pins, Montreal, Quebec
Here is yet another place where you can experience royal life, overnight. The Chateau Frontenac overlooks the picturesque St. Lawrence River and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can stay in one of its 610 rooms and suites and pretend to experience Europe.
Or: 1 Rue des CarriÃ¨res, Quebec City, Quebec
Cost: $ 559 + per night
Banff Springs Hotel
A castle in a forest? Talk about dreams. The Banff Springs Hotel has been around since the 1880s and is the premier place to stay in Banff. Today you can enjoy updated luxury, the outdoors and, of course, a castle-like stay in one of Canada’s most beautiful places.
Or: 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta
Cost: $ 659 + per night
Chateau Lake Louise
Who would have thought that Banff is home to more than one castle? Well, there’s also the Chateau Lake Louise Hotel which exudes luxury and overlooks the vivid blue waters of Lake Louise. Today you can visit and stay there for an unforgettable castle experience overlooking the water.
Or: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta
Cost: $ 528 + per night
The magnificent Victoria Castle in 1908 had many lives as a private residence, naval training center, and today one of the most famous filming locations in the world. Right now you can explore the beautiful grounds of the castle, but you won’t be able to get inside unless you rent it. Either way, the sight of this castle is sure to give you all the magical vibes you could possibly need.
Or: 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, British Columbia
Also in Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle was built by Coal Baron Robert Dunsmuir and is now a National Historic Site. It has been completely restored so that visitors can experience the privileged way of life of those who frequented it in the 1890s. Better yet, you can visit it or even rent it.
Or: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia
Hours: Friday-Sunday 10:30 am-4pm
Cost: $ 18.52 adults, $ 17.46 seniors, $ 12.69 students, $ 7.91 children
Hotel of the Empress
Obviously, Victoria is the place to be when it comes to visiting castles in British Columbia. Now if you want to spend the night in a room, you can do that and more at the Fairmont Empress. The hotel was completed in 1908 and faces Victoria’s Inner Harbor and was restored just a few years ago. If you are looking for a waterfront castle in British Columbia, this is your best bet.
Or: 721 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia
Cost: $ 384 + per night
There is really no shortage of magical castles that you can explore in Canada. So get out there and plan a visit to your nearest castle. Have fun people!