…heigh-ho, heigh-ho, It’s off to walk we go. On Saturday morning after a lovely breakfast we set out for our day of walking. First stop would be Craigdarroch Castle.
We saw things along the way that we felt were worth of some space on our memory cards.
Craigdarroch Castle was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. Craigdarroch means “rocky, oak place” in Gaelic.
I took this photo looking up the stairwell to the 4th floor. The interior oak panelling was pre-fabricated including the stairs, doors, window frames, and 2182 panels. They were shipped from Chicago to Victoria in five railcars in the summer of 1890 and installed in the house.
The castle has one of North America’s finest collection of Victorian residential stained and leaded glass windows.
This was the breakfast room for the family. After touring all 4 floors we headed out on foot again.
Our 2nd destination was a bust so we headed for the Oak Bay area of Victoria and found the Penny Farthing to rest our feet and get some refreshment before our 3rd destination of the day.
We are finally getting some sunshine today. Woohoo!
Photobucket replaced all my photos with these blurred out versions and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.
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A beautiful castle indeed and the stained glass looks exquisite. Were you the only visitors? Looked like you had the place to yourselves.
what a beautiful castle. I kept wondering how many people it would take to clean that place…..that is a LOT of wood work to dust. So gorgeous.
The castle kind of reminds me of Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs. Such beautiful and amazing buildings and grounds. It’s so great that you and your sisters had such a fabulous trip together.
Too funny, my first thought was like Pam’s, “Wow, this is gorgeous but one would sure need a couple of cleaning staff.” A lovely place to visit and be pampered! Glad you had a great time!
I have so many of the same pictures taken many years ago when our son’s grade 5 class spent a week long field trip in Victoria. I was one of the lucky chaperones. The kids got a guided tour of the castle and the stories we heard where fascinating. It’s a lovely castle – one of the few that seems homey.
The Professor and I walked that same route up to the castle! I actually remember a couple of those buildings 🙂
Oh my! It’s fortunate you walked so much! All those wondeful meals…
What a glorious castle, inside and out. How fun it must have been for you to visit it. The scenes along your route were beautiful too, especially the pale yellow building with the large white cross. Very effective.
What a magnificent castle. The stained glass windows are breathtaking. And I really like the fireplace too.
That is an amazing castle ..I’ve never been there. Wow. .prefabricated pieces sent in the 1800’s . . so interesting.
Wow, that castle is gorgeous! I had no idea B.C. had a castle.