Craigdarroch Castle is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The castle is a Victorian era, Scottish Baronial mansion considered by many as an architectural wonder.
The castle was completed around the year of 1889. At the time is was the home of the richest couple in Western Canada - Robert & Joan Dunsmuir.
Robert Dunsmiur made his name as a very successful coal baron. Today, the castle is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.
In 1979 the castle became a popular tourist attraction and museum receiving over 150,000+ visitors a year. The attraction is open to the public and individuals are encouraged to enjoy self guided tours at their own leisure exploring the mansion and grounds.
There are over 30 rooms located throughout the 4 stories of the castle covering over 20,000+ square feet. There are many bedrooms to visit and other rooms to discover including a billiard hall, library, drawing room, dance hall and tower.
Throughout the castle are numerous historical artifacts. Some of the historical highlights include a Sir John A. MacDonald engraving, Schafer painting, Parian Ware statue, Garden Entrance Chinese Vase, Steinway Baby Grand Piano, paintings, thimble collection, James Dunsmuir’s Seal and a Bust of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
The construction materials of the castle are said to come from all over North America. Most notably are the granite rocks of British Columbia, Canada; the majestic oak staircase which was built in Chicago, USA; the 30+ stain glass windows; the 1890s furnishings; the white oak & mahogany woodwork and the floor tiles shipped in from the City of San Francisco.
The castle is located at 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is currently managed by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society.