Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC)

There are few things that I love more than castles. I suppose that in a former life, I wanted to be a prince or something. Or maybe I was. But right now, I’m definitely not a millionaire. Albeit, if I had the money, I probably would build a castle, much like Craigdarroch Castle. I love visiting old houses and castles, and I wanted to take the opportunity to visit Craigdarroch Castle while I was there last weekend.

Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC)

Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC)

Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC)

Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC)

Robert Dunsmuir was born in 1825 near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire into a family of coal masters, who rented mines from the land-owning aristocracy. In 1869, Dunsmuir found a rich seam of coal near Nanaimo. It was the richest coal seam to be discovered on Vancouver Island. Craigdarroch Castle is an example of a “bonanza castle”, massive houses built for men who became wealthy because of the industrial transformation of North America. Three of Dunsmuir’s American business associates were railroad entrepreneurs who had built their own bonanza castles: Collis P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, and Charles Crocker.

[From the Craigdarroch Castle website]

I had an absolutely delightful time at Craigdarroch Castle. Dunsmuir’s luxurious estate really made me ponder how easy it is for some people to spend their money in lavish parties and egregious castles. And well, we are lucky that the castle has been preserved so nicely as it is now a great historical museum.


Disclosure: My visit to the Craigdarroch Castle was sponsored very generously by Tourism Victoria as part of my recent media trip to Victoria. I wasn’t paid to write this post, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe my experience visiting a beautiful local attraction in Victoria. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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