Craigdarroch Castle

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© Cindy Griff
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UploadedAugust 2, 2012
TakenJuly 29, 2012
Exposure1/800 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6.5 mm
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Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary 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.

He died in 1889 leaving his entire estate to his wife Joan who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian era Furnishings.

Once you have entered the circular room at the main entrance and paid your admission fee, your self guided tour begins. You will be treated to 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the 1890s-1900s period, so enjoy the ambiance as you climb the 87 stairs to the tower. There you have see fabulous views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains.

With over 20,000 square feet of interior space, the house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built offering a great vacation experience for individuals and families alike.

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  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2012):

    Cindy,really STUNNING !!!!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (2 Aug 2012):

    Thank you Davide

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 Aug 2012):


  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (2 Aug 2012):

    Thank you Carlo!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Aug 2012):

    Handsome house, handsome shot! I remember seeing this on a tour of Victoria.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    What a gorgeous photo of this incredible castle! I'm sure the tour was amazing....can't imagine living here!! A perfect shot for the theme!!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (22 May 2015):

    Thank you Donald, you saw all the right things in Victoria by the sounds of it!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (22 May 2015):

    Thanks so much Susan, my Uncle used to live a few houses down from this fabulous castle and we enjoyed visiting it as kids and adults!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (23 May 2015):

    A good one! My vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Jun 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (7 Jun 2015):

    most beautiful capture and my vote

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jul 2015):

    Congrats on making the blog!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (9 Mar 2016):

    Thank you very much, however I was not aware I made the blog John Linton, where might I find it now, anyone?

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