Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We were in Toronto over the weekend. We've been there several times before but this is the first time we visited Casa Loma and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

We spent over three hours there, wandering around the rooms and the gardens. There is parking on site at $3 per hour with a maximum of $9. When paying the entrance fee I asked about a AAA discount and got an additional 10% off. Nice.

We have visited historical estates in the past but this one was really nice. What I know enhanced our visit were the free audio guides you can pick up in the gift shop. Areas of the estate are numbered and you key the number into the guide to hear about the area you are in. The guide can be paused and it shows images. In many cases there is the option of keying in another number to hear more details about the room or history of the area, or culture of the time.

We ate lunch in the cafe which had very nice offerings plus specials of the day. We thought the prices were very reasonable. However we were very disappointed in the gift shop -- everything was Casa Loma themed except for the food (maple-flavored items). We had, for instance, hoped to have found some neat jewelry.

That said, if you are interested in restored estates, Casa Loma comes highly recommended.

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