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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Craigdarroch Castle

This 39 room mansion was built in 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir, at that time the richest man in western Canada. Dunsmuir initially made his fortune from coal mines in Nanaimo but later developed the E & N Railroad and many other business ventures. Dunsmuir never got to live in this splendid castle since he died before it was completed. His widow and daughters, however, did occupy it for many years. One of Dunsmuir's sons, James, later became Premier of British Columbia. The castle is open to the public and well worth a visit if you are in Victoria. Click here for more information about the castle and its history.

3 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

What a fantastic Castle. Imagine building that for your family and trying to heat it. Nice post with lots of info. thanks. Marybeth

Tanya said...

Wow, what an amazing castle! So sad that he never got to live in it.

Kelli K said...

Really nice photo and thanks for the information about the castle also. . .