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12 Beautiful Famous Castles in Canada

Twelve beautiful and famous castles and castle-like buildings located in Canada.

All twelve of these beautiful famous castles in Canada are open to the public. Many of the these castle like buildings were constructed as hotels for  the Canadian Pacific Railway and other railroads to entice wealthy tourists to travel along the railroads through Canada. A few of the castles were constructed as government buildings to house legislators and the rest were contructed as homes by wealthy Canadians. All twelve of these beautiful famous castles in Canada are great sites to visit and see. One of the castle like hotels is the most photographed hotel in the world.

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Chateau Frontenac in Quebec

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The Chateau Frontenac is a hotel and very popular tourist attraction located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company and opened in 1893 with the design of encouraging wealthy travelers to travel in Canada along the Canadian Pacific Railways the Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world today according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The hotel was named for Louis de Buade the Count of Frontenac who was the governor general of the New France colony in North America in the late 1600's. This beautiful landmark building is quite a site to see.

Hatley Castle on Vancouver Island

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Hatley Castle is located at 2005 Sooke Road in the city of Colwood on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Hatley Castle was built in 1906 by James Dunsmuir who was the son and heir of rich British Columbia coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. The Dunsmuir family occupied the castle until it was sold in 1940 to the Government of Canada who purchased the castle as a possible home for the British Royal Family during WW II however the royals decided against leaving England during the war.

The Canadian Government then used Hatley Castle as the Royal Roads Military Academy for naval training until 1995 when it was turned into the public Royal Roads University. If you recognize Hatley Castle is might be because it has been used in a number of films and movies including the site of the X-Mansion in the X-Men film series.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria

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The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Officially opened in 1898 these castle like buildings serve as home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. A life-sized statue of British Naval Captain and explorer George Vancouver covered in gold sits atop the central dome.

Casa Loma in Toronto

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Casa Loma or Hill House in Spanish is located on Austin Terrace in uptown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built beginning in 1911 by financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt who brought hydroelectricity to Toronto the amazingly beautiful Casa Loma castle is a very popular tourist attraction in Toronto today. A number of movies have had scenes filmed at Casa Loma.

Dundurn Castle in Hamilton

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Dundurn Castle is located on York Blvd. in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Built in 1835 by Sir Allen Napier MacNab who gained his fortune in real estate Dundurn Castle was renowned for its grand entertainments and was visited by the King of England and other famous dignitaries. Today Dundurn Castle is owned by the city of Hamilton and is a popular tourist attraction for the city as one can well imagine.

Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

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The Chateau Laurier is located in downtown Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. Built from 1909 to 1912 by Grand Trunk Railway Chairman Charles Melville Hays the landmark hotel was named for Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier who helped Hays secure the site in Ottawa for the hotel. Chateau Laurier was scheduled to be opened with great fanfare on April 26, 1912 but Charles Melville Hays booked passage to Canada for the grand opening aboard the Titanic and he perished when the ship went down in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

Today the magnificent Chateau Laurier is owned by the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain and is said to be haunted by the ghost or spirit of Charles Melville Hays as many guests have reported seeing him wandering the hotel.

Craigdarroch Castle

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Craigdarroch Castle is located at 1050 Joan Crescent just off Fort Street in Victoria, British Columbia. Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for the richest coal baron and man in Western Canada Robert Dunsmuir. Unfortunately Dunsmuir died in 1889 one year before Craigdarroch Castle was finished. His sons Alexander and James who built Hatley Castle finished Craigdarroch and their mother lived here until she died in 1908. Today the castle is owned by the not for profit Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public and receives some 150,000 tourist visitors per year.

Chateau Lake Louise in Banff

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Chateau Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park on the eastern shore of Lake Louise near Banff, Alberta. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to attract wealthy tourists and encourage them to travel to the hotel along Canadian Pacific luxury trains in the late 1800's and early 1900's this majestic hotel set amongst beautiful scenery is today owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (the spin-off company from Canadian Pacific when it spun off its hotels) and is still bringing in happy tourists and guests by the droves every year.

The Empress in Victoria

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The Empress Hotel or the Fairmont Empress Hotel is located on Government Street in Victoria, British Columbia. The Empress was built back in the early 1900's by Canadian Pacific Hotels for guests using the Canadian Pacific's steamship lines from Victoria. Today this magnificent hotel is owned by the Legacy Hotel Real Estate Investment Trust and the Empress is run by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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Parliament Hill sits grandly above the Ottawa River and is home to the Parliament of Canada in the capital city of Ottawa. Some 3 million people visit Parliament Hill annually and this famous site is home to numerous statues and monuments reflecting the history of Canada.

Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon

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The Delta Bessborough is a luxury hotel located at 601 Spadina Crescent East in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Delta Bessborough was built in the 1930's by Canadian National Railway to resemble a Bavarian Castle and is today owned by the Legacy Hotel REIT.

Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta

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Banff Springs Hotel is located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It was originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway back in 1888 and has been rebuilt and added to many times since then. Today the Banff Springs Hotel is owned and operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and is one of the premier resort hotels in the world along with so many other of the Fairmont's properties.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Canada

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Comments (18)

Love it! I've still yet to see Casa Loma but I'm sure I will make it there this spring.

All these wonderful castles in nearly my own back yard.I travelled to England many time's for the castle's.Great article!

I have been in Craigdarroch castle, the Banff Springs hotel (not to stay.. but you can walk around in it) and the Empress. Very good pictures, most people do not think of Canada when they think of Castles.

Great list and images. I like the last castle.

All were so beautiful!

kate smedley

I love castles almost as much as waterfalls, we have lots in the UK, these all look stunning, very enjoyable read.


Hatley castle was my favorite

This is great, I never would have thought of Canada for looking at castles.

I've heard about Craigdarroch castle, but the rest are new to me. Great post as usual, thanks for the read here. :-)


I think if you're going to include the Delta and Chateau Lake Louise, you should also include Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. Jus' sayin'.


I am lucky enough to live in Victoria, home of Hatley Castle, the BC Legislature, Craigdarroch Castle, and the Empress!


you spelled "Fairmont" wrong

source: http://www.fairmont.com/

Yes I did Deanna, thank you for pointing it out. It's no excuse but I do live on Fairmount Avenue. Will fix as soon as the site allows me to.

I was happily directed to this article after reading about the Massachusetts castles. Again, great presentation. My great-great grandfather had offices in the Parliament building in Victoria, and in a few weeks I'll be attending the wedding of very good friends at Craigdarroch Castle--so this particular group had extra meaning for me. Thank you!

Magnificent. I need to get out more.

Amber should be writing for this site.

Mike Apoc

Thanks for the list. I am a Bessborough ex-employee and the picture brought back memories.