Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Perched atop a hill in the north end, Casa Loma draws thousands of visitors each year, the only full sized castle in North America and Toronto's premier historic attraction. Casa Loma was built by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt to fulfill his childhood wish for a castle. Its secret passageways, elaborately decorated rooms with authentic period furnishings or breathtaking view of Toronto from its towers continue to excite all ages.

The five acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers and decorative grasses. The stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel which runs 18-foot below Austin Terrace.

The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto's Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto's darker days such as Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto's first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900's.